I receive lots of emails from people asking for tips & advice on starting a blog. I’ve thought about writing a post laying out all the advice I give, but I haven’t sat down to do it yet! If I could do things over, I would start out on self-hosted WordPress (affiliate link) from day one. I think a lot of people buy their URL, then don’t put a ton of thought into their host. You want a host that will have minimal down time, great speed, and enough storage and bandwidth. WP Engine offers month to month contracts with no set up fees.
I love WordPress. I had heard people say it was more difficult to use than Blogger, but I love how customizable it is, and that I can use plug-ins rather than having to edit code to make changes. I remember having to add code to number my comments in Blogger, and worrying about messing up my entire blog if I forgot a quote or a carrot!
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