Share your Opinion with the Public


One reason people start a blog is the ability it gives them to share what they are thinking and feeling with the world. Where once the only options people had for this were to become involved in the media world (and even then there would be a script) or write a diary (which would then be entirely private) if they wanted to have an opportunity for their opinions to move beyond the sphere of their own head.

It also gives people an opportunity to join the conversation – the internet in general has been good for that, and a blog will act as a way for someone to actively insert themselves into this sphere.


Improve your Writing Skills

Writing in a blog same as essay writing is a particular way for people to improve their writing skills. Rather than taking a class or something of that nature – which would make the writing tend in a particular direction – blogging allows people to exercise creativity, since blogs can be about anything and everything under the sun. It all depends on what interests people, whether they have a general knowledge blog, a cookery blog, a blog on the different types of voodoo which exist around the world, or something else entirely.

Because of a blog’s inherent flexibility, it allows people to practice different types of writing as well, to see which one appeals to them the most, or just to see how they look with a particular subject.

Make Money

There are a variety of ways in which people can make money off their writing, including basic marketing, sponsored posts, the use of AdSense, and more.

Making money off the blog is something which people may not find happens right away – it takes time, and they have to show that their writing is both top-quality and consistent through a number of months or perhaps years before they can be sponsored.

Making money off a blog is something which can be quite a good source of income, if people know what they are doing – proper use of both audience and time can ensure that they are sponsored for some time, provided that they can ensure a good audience.

Best Platforms to Start your Blog

Wordpress.com
The advantages of wordpress.com blogs are as follows:

It’s free – this is the big one. People can just make an account and get writing, without any preliminary stages in between. 
Traffic spikes are a thing of the past – wordpress.com provides services which can enable your blog to withstand any huge amounts of traffic which might occur.
Automatic back-ups – the blog backs up the content in it automatically, so that nobody will lose what they have worked on.
The disadvantages of wordpress.com blogs are as follows:
No advertising – no advertising is allowed in wordpress.com, other than one discreet and short link to Amazon per blog post. This makes it impossible to make money off the blog.
Limited customization – there is only a set amount of changes which can be made to the basic wordpress.com setup, meaning that users can make very few changes to their own setup.
Wordpress as CMS
The advantages of Wordpress as CMS are as follows:
It’s easy to use – Wordpress does not require knowledge of PHP or HTML or any other programming language to use it. Pre-installed plug-ins also create a template which is easy to use.
A big community – since Wordpress is one of the most commonly used CMS platforms, there is a huge community which can be called in for help.
Templates – there are huge numbers of templates for the Wordpress as CMS user to choose from when customising their own blog.
The disadvantages of Wordpress as CMS are as follows:
Modifications – while the basic format does not require the use or knowledge of computer programming languages, modifying anything other than the basics requires PHP.
Hacking – the security in terms of Wordpress as CMS is not as robust as it could be, and therefore hacking is something which people should look out for.
LiveJournal

The advantages of LiveJournal are as follows:

More than just a blog – it works as an office as well, letting people record notes, scribble logs for what they are doing so that they can keep track of where they are, and much more.
Announcements – LiveJournal users can actually announce content ahead of time, which can help to draw in new visitors and followers, as well as help keep old ones updated.
Sharing – a shared LiveJournal is something which can be used to enhance productivity, since it allows for easier communication, and the passing of notes to and fro.
The disadvantages of LiveJournal are as follows:
It is outdated – this is the biggest disadvantage. LiveJournal had its heyday a long time ago in internet terms, and is now something which is rarely thought of or used. For this reason, finding followers and having your content noticed might be difficult.
Tags – the tagging system is confusing and rarely implemented, which can make finding content and the appropriate place for it difficult.
Privacy – the open nature of LiveJournal can be difficult, particularly if it is being used for work purposes. This can make it difficult to share sensitive information.
Blogger.com

The advantages of blogger.com are as follows:

Free – it is free to use and work with, meaning that a simple account sign-up is all that is required to enter the world of blogging.
Ease of Access – blogger.com has great access to the web around it, which means that it is very easy to link to other sites, and also makes it very easy to find the blogs which are hosted on blogger.com.
Good interface – newcomers to blogging are encouraged to use blogger.com because the interface which it uses on its dashboard and in the blog itself is very easy to understand and use. It is additionally helpful because blogger.com works on its own – there is no needs to download any software and familiarise yourself with it before blogging can begin.
Monetize – blogger.com allows people to monetize the blog via adverts and sponsored content, which means that people can use their blog as a second source of income if needs be, and if what they create is good enough.
The disadvantages of blogger.com are as follows:
You don’t own the content – Google owns blogger.com, and therefore ultimately owns the content you create. Back-ups should always be created, because if Google closes down the platform, the content will disappear.
Limited templates – bloggers do not have many options when it comes to customising their blogs on blogger.com, since there are a very limited number of templates.
No plug-ins – blogger.com does not allow plug-ins to be installed or used, which can limit what is done on the site. This further limits users in what they can do with the initial blogging format.

Personal Opinion

When it comes to blogging, my own personal preference is to use Wordpress.com. While it is true that the ban on advertising means that some of the potential blogging activities will be vastly curtailed, I feel that the advantages of Wordpress.com – particularly the automatic back-ups and the services in place to cope with unexpected traffic spikes - more than make up for any perceived loss through no advertising.