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A brief guide to blogging platforms & providers

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by Startacus Admin

In the second of her features on Blogging, Freelance Writer and Illustrator, Bridgeen Gillespie gives us the lowdown on blogging platforms - which to choose and why...

Text: TypePad / LiveJournal
These blog providers are traditionally great for lengthy text blogging, and they can host images too.

Words& Pictures: Wordpress / Blogger
Great all round blog platforms, ideal for images with text, and with lots of theme/format choices so that you can tweak and personalise to your heart’s content

Image: Flickr / Youtube
Photo (and image) sharing predominantly, but with space for you to write lengthy descriptions. Use your photo sets like a mini blog, and add your photos to ‘groups’ based on your interests and subject matter to get them noticed. Alternatively you can use You Tube to Vlog? (Video blog, get it?) If you’re not a writer perhaps you might consider making a video about the things you’re interested in. Or tutorials? Or videos of your working process? You’d be surprised at how popular this can be.

Collate: Tumblr / Pinterest
Tumblr can be used as a very intuitive blog and suits those who are predominantly sharing imagery. But it can also be used like Pinterest to curate images gathered from around the web – great for sharing fashion, interiors, style, mood boards etc

Social Network: Twitter/ Facebook
This is where you connect to friends, fans and followers in real time, link to posts on your blog, announce events, run or enter competitions, post teaser images, and keep up with the latest news and events in your field. These are the best free promotional tools available to everyone, and along with your blog they’re invaluable for creating your online presence, and for making the most of any opportunities out there!

So what are you waiting for? Which platform will you choose to start your blogging adventure?

And if you'd like to know some more about the benefits of blogging, check out Bridgeen's previous post or our article on the basics on blogging successfully

Bridgeen Gillespie is a freelance writer and illustrator with a passion for fabric and embroidery designs.
Check out her blog: You can follow her on twitter: , and you just might find her on a few of those other platforms too ;-)

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Published on: 21st August 2012

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