There’s all sorts of reasons to blog. From keep a daily journal of your life or expanding your social networking. What’s most important is where you keep your blog.
Some of us want a smaller, more homey blog host. Up until recently, Open Diary fit that description. It offered social networking, various templates, and thousands of colors to enhance your words. Its two big downfalls are that it’s a hive site and that it’s unreliable.
What’s a hive site? Your words are behind a wall that only fellow hive members can read. What’s unreliable? Crashing and taking all your entries, constant time outs, freezing, loading slowly, and other sad things that don’t get repaired in a timely manner.
As Open Diary continues its slow slide downward with the Diarymaster employed elsewhere, many members are moving their blogs to Prosebox. It too is a small, very simple blog platform begun May of 2013. Another mom and pop blog site. Mom and pop Xanga was one of the earliest of blogging sites. It grew in size, yet now, much like OD, they have begun fundraisers to keep the site open while announcing a closing date. It’s much as if your blog host is a Rambler…obsolete, while several other hosts are Volkswagens and Caddies…innovative yet stable.
I like blogging. When I had my stroke in 1989, my short term memory fled with the wind. Keeping a blog saves my memories. I don’t write every day, though it is suggested for those of us who are fuzzy in the head do this, but I record enough of my day to day life so the details are there. Perhaps my blog is me.
The several web sites that offer reviews suggest Blogger and Wordpress as the best of the free sites. Please review your choices of a blog host carefully. If you want stability and longevity, choose one of the larger sites. You won’t lose your social networking if you share your URL. If you don’t mind being a part of unreviewed birthing pains, choose a smaller host. Perhaps if I had these reviews to hand, I would have begun on Wordpress instead of OD or even blogger.
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