BLOGGING FOR FREEEveryone talks about self-hosting, but what about those of us who use a free blog?
Ever since I fell into the world of blogging I've read dozens and dozens of posts on why it's best to set up a self-hosted blog - all the money you can make, all the plug-ins and added extras you can access, all the bells and whistles that blogging for free doesn't give you. But you know what, I've been blogging for two and a half years and (other than buying my domain name) it has cost me nothing, zero, zip, zilch.
I don't use my blog to earn an income, so I have the freedom to stick with my free Blogger blog, to play around with it and enjoy it, without having to worry about all the problems I read about that come with having a blog that is bigger than Ben Hur. I thought I'd take a moment to share what I love about using a free blog.
So here's five reasons why I love Blogging for Free:
I CAN BLOG LIKE NO-ONE IS READINGIt has always surprised me that people read what I write and enjoy it, and take the time to comment and share their thoughts. Because I'm not looking to gain a reward from how many views I receive, I can enjoy each and every person who stops by. Whether I have 100 views of a post, or 1,000 views it's irrelevant - what matters is what I'm writing and if people would like to read it then that's a fantastic bonus - but not a necessity.
I CAN BLOG FOR MYSELFI know so many bloggers who choose what they write about based on how many people that particular post will attract. So many bloggers have swapped to writing about how to blog and how to make money from blogging - not me, I write about stuff that I like to read. I write about stuff that affects my world and I love being able to do that without having to change my topic or my style to keep my readership up to a certain number.
I CAN BLOG ABOUT WHATEVER TAKES MY FANCYI don't have to write seasonal posts to fit anybody's framework. I can choose to write about Christmas or Easter or Valentine's Day if it's that time of the year, or I can write about something completely off the subject - it doesn't matter because I'm not tied to anyone else's agenda. If an idea pops into my head, then I write - I love the freedom of going where my whims take me.
I CAN BLOG WITHOUT SELLING MY SOULIf you pay a lot of money to own your blog, to buy all the training packages, to pay for the images you use, and to try out all those bells and whistles, then you need to make money to cover your costs - and hopefully to make a profit. That's great if you love approaching sponsors, if you love writing about products that show up on offer in your email, and if you like chasing down the elusive dollar. I don't need to do any of that because I have no costs to offset. I have a great regard for those who make a living from blogging - but it's not my path in life, so a free blog fits beautifully when it's a leisure activity.
I CAN BLOG FOR THE SHEER LOVE OF BLOGGINGUltimately, because I use a free blog to write, I can have fun and enjoy the process. I know you can do that and still make money, but there is no pressure on me at all. I don't feel the need to run ads, I don't need to promote anything that doesn't really interest me, I don't need to do anything except write and connect and write some more. Perhaps more people would jump into blogging if they knew they could do it for free and still have an attractive blog that other people want to visit.
So, for every blogger earning their living from what they do, and waxing lyrical about the joys of owning their blog, I'd just like to say that there are people like me who are enjoying the process for free and not feeling the need in the slightest to join the self-hosted bandwagon. So, thank you to Google for their lovely Blogger site, I am one of your millions of satisfied customers and I couldn't be happier.