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Paul Duxbury

This is really an excellent post and a great rebuttal of what I have very openly admitted was a sweeping generalisation.

As I think some have appreciated the aim of my original post was to stir things up a little :-)

I wanted to generate a debate which encouraged others to think about their approach to blogging.

Who knows I may even eventally persuade those who rely on the free blogs to take it a step further!

It does worry me when I come across so many Genealogy Blogs that rely on these free or what I term "throwaway" blogs.

If they want to ensure that their musings and findings are not susceptible to someone in the engine room of the free blog sites deciding that their blog should disappear overnight then maybe, as you have here, they will spend a few pennies and grab their own domain name and hosting :-)

Controversy sometimes means you find things being thrown at you - but if it helps one person then it's worth it.

Again an excellent blog and thank you for introducing me to it.

Take care

Paul

Thomas MacEntee

Great post and thanks for the shout out and kind words!

Kiril The Mad Macedonian

Well, Paul, you certainly stirred things up, that's for sure. ;-D

Thank you for the compliment on the blog. ;-D

Owning a domain name and using a web hosting service does not automatically lend legitimacy to what one does as a blogger, whether it's Genealogy, News, or Politics, or any other interest, or hobby.

I don't believe that anyone looking at my 7 years of blogging, on 3 blogs (2 active) would seriously argue that I was not a blogger with quality content of all sorts.

What type of service you use, your skill with various internet tools to enhance your blog, and the single thing that many bloggers obssess over the most, unnessesarily, traffic numbers are no judge of anything.

There are many genealogy “link” sites with their own domain name and & that are hosted and they just run Google Adsense ads to draw in suckers, serving no real purpose to the Genealogy Community.

When I first started out I was part of the biggest, most important, Community of Blog Ranking in the world, but I soon realized that for most folks such stats don't mean anything because, like me, the numbers of our traffic were miniscule.

I started out with Free Blogger, BEFORE Google took it over, then went to another free service that was an upgrade in services, before I moved to the paid Typepad, and got my Domain Names as well.


I get satisfaction from looking at my stats (You can too, if you are curious, as the link is in the sidebar.), seeing where people are from, and what they read, and what their Google Search Terms are that led them to check me out, but my greatest satisfaction comes from getting interesting comments, and e-mails, making friends through my writing, helping out people with questions, and having my work be praised by famous people, or get me invited to attend events, or give a public presentations.

My advice to anyone contemplating starting a blog is to start with the free templates, and services, and if that is all you can afford, and let your content speak for the quality of the site you create.

Just do what you can to back-up your material if the services don't protect your work.

When you can afford to upgrade, then do so when you are ready, and comfortable with doing so.

Don't get caught up in the traffic tracking game to the extent that it rules your blogging life.

To do so will take all the fun out of blogging.

Paul Duxbury

I would agree with you up to a point in terms of the free sites such as blogger.

But have a look at their T&C and the royalty free license they have to use your content across all their services :-)

The main problem with the free ones is that they can disappear as quickly as they arrive - you have no control over them and that for me is not a good position to be in.

Yes start with free ones to get used to the process and ideas - but if your content is of value to you then you want to control it.

Take care

Paul

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