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The Hobbybox Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2012 3:03 p.m. PST

Can anyone recommend a blog system I could use?

Not too chuffed with the idea of blogger, since it requires a google account.

All suggestions welcome.

Major Bumsore21 Jul 2012 3:11 p.m. PST

wordpress

Personal logo Arteis Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2012 3:28 p.m. PST

I agree with Margard but note that Wordpress.com is easier for the beginner than wordpress.org though.

I did my blog in Wordpress.com, and am overall very happy with it, apart from the fact it doesn't have a decent dynamic blogroll widget. Other than that, it has everything I want, and is easy to set up and maintain.

Wordpress.com has quite a number of free themes, which are easy enough to adapt to get your own individual look and feel. For example, here's what my Wordpress blog looks like: arteis.wordpress.com

The Hobbybox Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2012 3:59 p.m. PST

Have been looking at some other blogs on Wordpress from people I know and it looks good.

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2012 4:12 p.m. PST

I prefer blogger much easier to keep up with what nearly everybody else is doing and you can seriously customise blogger as well ,see
link

Yesthatphil21 Jul 2012 4:36 p.m. PST

Blogger gets more coverage, Wordpress is easier to create.

But anyone should find basic level on either platform easy enough. Making a start is the key.

FWIW I prefer blogs with plenty of pictures … otherwise I'd say publish and be damned (the great thing about blogs is you can correct and/or delete if you have a better idea …)

Phil
soawargamesteam.blogspot.com
ecwbattles.wordpress.com
as examples

Giles the Zog Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member22 Jul 2012 8:05 a.m. PST

Wordpress.

Very good, clean and easy to use.

However, the most important thing is to have plenty of content, and providing a regular set of updates.

As others have said, lots of pictures and added value narrative. This helps drive hits on your website, and whilst I'm not on an ego trip, there's no point in me wasting my time posting stuff if one man on his dog visits when there is a blue moon rising on the leap year Sunday.

I initially started it off for my group when I moaned that it was difficult sending round photos which killed our e-maill accounts. At which point they all turned to me and basically said: An ex-webmaster should be found to set up a web site bto host the pictures. As an ex webmaster I had to comply…

Also, you'll need a place to store all your pictures, I use photobucket.

link

6sided Inactive Member22 Jul 2012 8:17 a.m. PST

Bloody hell, looks like my message is still totally lost.

More than 200 gamers have wordpress blogs hosted on 6sided.net.

We are the nets only dedicated blog host for miniature gaming blogs. Sign-up, login, load a theme and start blogging.

If you want a blog hosted for free using the wordpress platform, and you want each blog post tweeted out automatically to more than 2500 gamers, and you want your posts to appear on the front page of our site which gets a 1000+ visitors a day and you want support form us via an email helpdesk and you would like to choose from some gaming themes so you can get started in minutes, then feel free to sign-up….


Jaz
6sided.net why blog in isolation?

The Hobbybox Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2012 8:46 a.m. PST

Jaz,
I did look at 6sided.net last night and it's definitely on my list.

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