OK, I decided to “blogit”

Mashable has provided a nifty review of the platforms you could choose from to get started blogging. If you’re still thinking about it, at least take a look at the possibilities.

1. Open Diary

Founded in 1998 by Bruce Ableson, Open Diary was the first website that brought online journal keepers together as a community, as users had the ability to read each other’s journals and leave comments on them. To date, the site has hosted more than five million diaries since launch, with more than half a million diaries currently being used.

What they say:

An open diary is different for everybody who keeps one. What we give you is a free space where you can post as much or as little as you want, as often as you want, either publicly, just for your friends, or privately just for you.

2. Live Journal

Live Journal was launched in April 1999 by Danga Interactive’s Brad Fitzpatrick. It was one of the first free blogging platforms and online communities.

What they say:
They don’t say anything on the homepage, and they made me sit through a 20 second ad just to find out they don’t say anything about blogging. Forget it!!

3. Xanga

Similar to MySpace (MySpace), Xanga started off in 1999 as a social networking site frequented by teens. One year later, Xanga added blogging capabilities. The platform offers users the option of giving “eProps” to show love for a particular post. The site has an estimated 40 million users (though I’ve yet to meet anyone who uses it), and is the 1,438th most visited site in the world.

What they say:
They don’t. But they list the top blogs of their website on their homepage. Couldn’t find out how easy it is to blog without signing up first. So, never mind.

4. Blogger

Blogger was created by San Francisco company Pyra Labs in 1999. Created on a “whim” according to the site, Blogger took off, gaining in popularity. The site was bought by Google (Google) in 2003, and the platform subsequently saw the integration of Picasa (Picasa) and Hello.

What they say:

Create a blog. It’s free.

* Beautiful templates. Customize your layout, fonts, colors and more…
Try the template designer
* Your blog. Share your thoughts, photos, and more with your friends and the world.
* Easy to use. It’s easy to post text, photos, and videos from the web or your mobile phone.

Create a Blog

It’s easy, and only takes a minute.
Learn more:

* Take a quick tour
* Watch a video tutorial
* Discover more features
* Read Blogger Buzz

I’ve tried them before, and I like them a lot.

Next time I’ll highlight WordPress, Tumblr, MySpace, and Typepad.


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