17 thoughts on “How to choose the right blogging platform for you

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    • 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. 🙂

  4. 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.

    • 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.

  5. 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.

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

  6. 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.

    • 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. 😀

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

  7. 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.

    • 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?

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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).

    • 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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