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  • keb
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    Originally posted by monkeylady View Post
    Of course...and what's your holdup?
    Ha... Three of them. Two-legged female creatures that roam my house, requiring food and stuff. My wife says we're responsible for them, even though I'm pretty sure they were her idea and I just went along with it. Four-legged ones too, which I know are her fault.

    (Actually, only my oldest knows I'm even doing it. The other ones will find out eventually, but I'm trying to minimize contact between my Alter Ego -- didn't Maverick and I once have a thread about a bag with that name? -- and my real life, at least for now. You know, just in case the intersection were to open some tiny and otherwise insignificant hole in the universe and lock me into a continuous loop of my regular profession!)

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  • monkeylady
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    Of course...and what's your holdup?

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  • keb
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    Thanks monkeylady! In true TB fashion, I'm already thinking that if enough people don't hate it and some actually start to read it, then I'll need a new Macbook Air so I can be a little more efficient, and if I need a new Air, I'm gonna need a Cadet...

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  • Duster
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    You might also have a look at Create a free travel blog - TravelPod, as it's very user friendly and easy to use (and also "free").

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  • monkeylady
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    Originally posted by keb View Post
    Well...... 3 1/2 years later I finally did it. I wrote some stuff, put it on a squarespace template, and made it available for people to rip to shreds. Tom Bihn is on the Links page, with a shout out to these terrific forums. I'm still working on the presentation side and links to Twitter, etc, so be gentle! It's not fiction but not so much of a traditional blog either. More of a "personal observation website" - POW! - like the old Batman series.
    Anyway.

    MinivanDad.net

    Rip away...
    Love your humor and your thinking!

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  • keb
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    Originally posted by luvdabags View Post
    Keb--that is cool! will check it out today!
    My first official comment! (Other than "Holy crap Dad are you serious?" but that's not on the site). Thanks ldb!

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  • luvdabags
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    Keb--that is cool! will check it out today!

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  • keb
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    Well...... 3 1/2 years later I finally did it. I wrote some stuff, put it on a squarespace template, and made it available for people to rip to shreds. Tom Bihn is on the Links page, with a shout out to these terrific forums. I'm still working on the presentation side and links to Twitter, etc, so be gentle! It's not fiction but not so much of a traditional blog either. More of a "personal observation website" - POW! - like the old Batman series.
    Anyway.

    MinivanDad.net

    Rip away...

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  • jeffmac
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    Originally posted by keb View Post
    I would love to do the independent home approach and just host it on a mac mini but I'm on Comcast for internet and I think it's a big no-no with them, so I'll have to do the outside route. Katy's SquareSpace recommendation seems interesting. A little more expensive but completely independent and user controlled just in case, like backpack says, I become the next Huffington Post (and it's hard to do that if I have a reader limit imposed from the get-go). If I'm going to do this for real, may as well do it for real! Besides, I've come to understand two sides of the same coin-- nothing free is really free, and you get what you pay for. Thanks for the advice and encouragement.


    Update: re: Wordpress.com. Not sure that the number of readers is limited unless I am making the blog private and limited only to users. It does seem like they throw their own advertising on my blog unless I pay to stop it and that if I get my own advertising I have to upgrade and split with them.
    Keb, self-hosting doesn't really mean having your own server, but more having access to all the Wordpress tools. I have a self-hosted Wordpress blog that is served by Hostgator. The big benefit is that you get to it by having your own URL rather than a sub-page on somebody else's site.

    So if you register a domain name ($5-15 a year), pay for hosting (Web Hosting - Shared cPanel Web Hosting you can really go on the $3.96 a month plan for a long time) set up Wordpress (Hostgator has a one button install) than you start picking themes and start writing stuff.

    if your long term goal is to build traffic and sell advertising or the site, this gives you the most flexibility...

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  • keb
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    I would love to do the independent home approach and just host it on a mac mini but I'm on Comcast for internet and I think it's a big no-no with them, so I'll have to do the outside route. Katy's SquareSpace recommendation seems interesting. A little more expensive but completely independent and user controlled just in case, like backpack says, I become the next Huffington Post (and it's hard to do that if I have a reader limit imposed from the get-go). If I'm going to do this for real, may as well do it for real! Besides, I've come to understand two sides of the same coin-- nothing free is really free, and you get what you pay for. Thanks for the advice and encouragement.


    Update: re: Wordpress.com. Not sure that the number of readers is limited unless I am making the blog private and limited only to users. It does seem like they throw their own advertising on my blog unless I pay to stop it and that if I get my own advertising I have to upgrade and split with them.
    Last edited by keb; 10-14-2011, 11:49 AM. Reason: Update

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  • backpack
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    Blogger is owned by Google and there has been instances where blogs "disappeared" for being too edgy, maybe; or even being in the wrong directory or server.

    Wordpress is free until the blogger reaches a certain number of reader and then the blogger has to pay a fee.

    Although they are the most populars, those two services have one major drawback, since they host the blog, they control its availably to readers.


    A more independent approach is to buy you own domain name just stay away from the expensive .com, .edu, .org. Then host it on your own server, a regular desktop machine (Mac, Linux or windows) along with a reliable Internet provider, should be fine.
    If you become the next Huffington post, a dedicated hosting service, which you will have to pay for, will be the next step.


    Didn't know about Squarespace, very interesting. Thanks Kathy you are a wellspring of cyber-info.


    Dorayme, loooove your blog!
    Last edited by backpack; 10-14-2011, 06:10 PM.

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  • Katy
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    SquareSpace is another good option. I loved how easy to use their system was! They also had amazing templates.

    Website Builder - Build a Website, Create a Blog - Squarespace

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  • keb
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    Thanks so far guys. (I mean that in the general sense!) Seems like a free wordpress.com blog is a good place to start and gives room to grow in case anyone actually gives a crap what I write and I decide to get my own domain name down the road. Hadn't really thought about advertising or anything like that yet. I'm not really sure I understand how that works to be honest. I imagine I'll just wait and see what happens.

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  • tCook
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    I did! If you want to hand out information about your blog (or website, or business, or *anything*), consider MiniCards at us.moo.com (unless you're not in the US, but you can start there). I really liked their product and hope to have an excuse to order from them again!

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  • Katy
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    Originally posted by tCook View Post
    If your goal is to write as an outlet (and make it available for others to see), I say just choose a site (Blogger, WordPress, etc.) and go for it. I maintained a blog specifically for a big road trip, and also have one for my 2011 goals, but they're only for friends and family. If you just dive in and start, it'll be easier to see how you want to tweak things later. I didn't predict how time consuming blogging can be, but that won't be the same challenge for others - YMMV.

    If your goal is to hopefully get advertising from PR firms and all that sort of thing, I don't know anything about that!
    Oh! I remember that! You had those cool little cards with the web address!

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