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Time to start your own free blog
I do recommend to all my customer to have a blog. Its the best way to promote yourself, company, community or charity as it will keep your followers / customers updated and help you to get you more hits and better rankings in search engines regular post always help. More hits more customers more opportunity to network *smile* If you think of it every time you write your blog you will be adding searchable words or phases to your site and to search engines like google. For example if I type "Caen Hill home of chuck Leduck" this will go into the search engine and people will find it if they search on these words.. not sure why they will type it but they will find it! we will see how long search engines takes to find it. *smile*
Questions I am asked - I don't have time to write a blog but I say you already do if you add updates to facebook or twitter its basically a mini blog. The only problem is of course with social networks your words are quickly lost where in a blog they are there in a more organised way.
Next question is I don't have anything to say I don't do anything interesting. Wrong again your life, you observations your feelings all make for an interesting blog. Always write about something you enjoy have a passion for as this will come over in your blog and in a short time you will connect with like minded people who share your passion. You do not have to write loads its just getting into the habit and before long you will look forward writing your blog and seeing the number of hits you will have. Of course if you have a good imagination why not write some fiction. Maybe you will write your own fifty shades of oh arr! Every bestseller has to start some where.
Next question is how much will it cost?. Basically nothing but your time there are many free option out there if If you are going to write some fiction get yourself a gmail email account https://mail.google.com and create a fictitious profile and use http://www.blogger.com/ a free service by google. Sign up follow the instructions and away you go!
One good example is the blog written by Elizabeth Gomm about the Happy House a true story about the day to day life of the children and the supporters of this great children's charity. http://childrenofwchildrenofwatamu.blogspot.co.uk/ Daily updated and keeps everyone updated and shows what you can do to help. Of course you can sign up to follow blogs and even publish automatically to facebook and twitter.
Another popular free blog site is wordpress which an open source system which is good for websites as well as blogs but have a look watch the video on this page to learn more > http://wordpress.com/ Not used myself but a good example is the one by the lovely talented Vanesther Rees who has a blot titled http://bangermashchat.wordpress.com/ and its award winning.
Those who have one of my joomla websites will have a blog built in called easyblog it just needs me to switch it on and is easy to use and of course great as it integrates in your own website. It can be set up to post to facebook, twitter and LinkedIn. You can also email in your updates as you can with blogger and guess wordpress. Maybe email in a blog with pic from your mobile or tablet?
If you don't have a website but plan to don't worry its easy to import your blog from blogger / wordpress at a later date. So no stopping you get on your blog.
Can I blog with you? Yes on my Wisit site you can create a fictitious character and wirite a blog http://www.wisitmaster.co.uk/join
http://www.chrisfranklin.co.uk/bloglatest/secret-diary-of-a-wiltshire-new-potato Great fun and Ken Forey also started started one http://www.chrisfranklin.co.uk/bloglatest/blogger/listings/sherford1389 all getting lots of hits which makes my site more popular. *smile*Or on the Chris Franklin site you can login with facebook and create your own blog for free. The login is on the left towards bottom of the page. Any problem or advice on these two let me know. A good example is my good friend Tracy Bailey who written this great blog Secret Diary of a Wiltshire New Potato
With a blog you can add photos, video links even add others blogs via RSS (will answer that another day) great fun and worth the effort to get you message across, to network and have fun.
Of course if you are like me and prefer to take photos rather than write a lot of words then Blipfoto is for you where basically you can blip a photo every day or as often as you like. A good one to look at is the talented Hels who is based in Egypt great shots and person *smile* http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2523439
When your blog is up and running copy and past your link into your facebook page or set up and auto feed with something like http://twitterfeed.com/ or http://twitterfeed.com/ or http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/?fb_source=timeline of course in joomla you can set up via easyblog to publish automatically (more on this later).
Well hope this has helped look forward seeing you blog and when it becomes a book can I produce the movie? *smile*