Should we set up a free blog? Or, bite the bullet, and pay for one?
Unfortunately we don’t know if we’ll enjoy blogging and may ask ourselves, “Would it be wise to put out the money for a blog?”
But on the other hand, if we don’t, might we have regrets?
It’s a tough call.
As I was reading John’s Top 5 Crash and Burn Blogger Mistakes Which Keep You Poor by John Hoff of WP Blog Host, he answered this question perfectly. His response is:
A free blog is ok if: All you care about is your content. Free blogs are good if you want someone else to take care of all the security issues, upgrades, etc. If your only goal is to write and you don’t care much about making money and turning your blog into a business, a free blog is fine.
A free blog is not ok if: You want to turn your blog into a business; want full control of the design of your blog; your mind is telling you that you’ll upgrade to a self hosted blog one day down the road; etc.
When I started blogging, I researched what the big name bloggers were doing and noticed they had self hosted WordPress blogs. I followed their lead and did the same.
That decision costs me just over $100 a year.
For me, I feel it was a wise choice, however, it’s may not be right for everyone.
What say you?
Do you have a free or self hosted blog?
What was the deciding factor for you?