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    1. Hi Trish, thanks for your comment. Glad you found this post useful, I am enjoying doing my Blogger Series for those looking to start blogging.

      I really hope you do start a blog. It can be a wonderful thing. Especially if you start off slow and build up. 🙂

  1. I went with WordPress.com because I wasn’t sure how dedicated I would be. I spent a lot of time studying blogs. Becoming a regular on many of my favorites and asking lots of questions. But still….I knew I had to create my own and see if it was something I’d enjoy and be good at.

    I went with the personal plan. By doing so there are no advertisements. It’s only $4 a month. It was perfect for me. The best feature of all was the live chat help line. I can get on anytime and have their support team assist me in something that could take me all day. My problems are usually fixed within 20 minutes or less.

    I try to tell others who are just starting out to do what I did. Start small and see if it’s for you. Blogging has turned out to be a lot fun. I enjoy meeting others and coming up with ideas to talk about. Down the road I might upgrade but for now I’m good.

    1. Thanks for your comment. I think starting small with blogging is definitely the way to go. People often throw money in right away and blogging might not be the right fit for them.

      I have to say I love WordPress’s support chat. They are so friendly, polite and always have an answer.

  2. Thanks for this post. I’ve been battling this question for quite a few years and the questions you pose are incredibly helpful. I’ll be linking your post to some other writers I know who have been wondering the same.

    1. Hi Gabrielle, thanks so much for your comment. I am so glad you found this post on choosing a blogging platform helpful. 😀

  3. What a well laid out post! Thanks for sharing. I originally started my blog for free and have been upgrading over the years. Part of me wishes I started off with a paid option, but I didn’t realize then that making a living off your blog was possible. I mean, also, I was a teenager and couldn’t afford to pay for a blog, but still, lol.

    1. Thanks so much Rachel. Glad you like it. I think starting off with a free account is good, especially just at the start to help feel your way around.

      I would have lost so much money if I had started a paid version straight away. Or maybe paying would have forced me to stay focused early on. 😀

      1. So would I! My blogging was so sporadic and sometimes I’d go months without posting. It’d be such a waste and discouraging.

  4. I use wordpress because when I created my website http://www.ktdaxon.com, the plug-in came free with the hosting site. It’s easy to use and now just trying to figure out how to use it in terms of content. I started off doing writing only posts, but I’ve capped out at 61 blog followers. I’d love to gain more, otherwise it feels like a journal where I just talk to myself. Haha! Which I suppose that’s okay, writing practice at least.

    1. Hi KT, sorry, for some reason your comment went into my spam box. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on why you chose your blogging platform. How long have you had your blog?

  5. I did a lot of research and asked myself if this is something I wanted to do. I did not want to be one of those who paid a lot of cash for a hosting site and ended up not using it. I finally chose WordPress.com but I paid extra so that there would be no advertisements. I believe it’s called the personal plan.

    I’m not a tech person and even if I was I do not have a lot of time to figure it out. Their help center is excellent. At the beginning I was always contacting them asking for this and that and in the end I received the type of help I needed.

    A person needs to be honest with themselves. They also need to be in it for the long haul. I’m glad I’m at the age that I am. Had I been younger, with far less patience than I have now, I may have walked away.

    With that mindset, my younger mindset that is, I tell people to go with the free plan to see if blogging is their thing. Test the waters. If it looks good go a little deeper. Buy the personal or premium plan.

    Good info as always. Huge thanks!!!

  6. I chose WordPress because other authors I know have so I thought I’d try it. Over the years there has been a lot of trial and error/experimentation. I also got on Tumblr because it could connect with WordPress (same reason why I joined Twitter).

    1. I found most of the writers I like/followed were on WordPress and it’s easier to connect to people, too. It’s definitely a good platform for people to use either short or long term 🙂

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