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Hey everyone! I just wanted to know what people think I should do to get a weblog going. I would like to have it hosted online and with as little effort as possible.... but I don't mind hosting it locally and getting a DNS... even if it involves some work. I got plenty of time! :D

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A service people have told me about is LiveJournal. Could someone e-mail me an invite code please? Thanks!
 

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I use blogger, and when it is working it is alright. It is just when it is not working right that things get really weird, and it does weird things more often than it should really. Most commonly it seems to forget where your archives are stored.

The most annoying thing is just how many features are missing from the free version of Blogger though, like for example the ability to generate an RSS feed.

LiveJournal is alright to, but from my limited experience with it the layouts aren't quite so customizable as they are with Blogger.

If you have the time and server space, Moveable Type is probably the way to go.

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The only reason I use LJ is because my friends do, too. It's fairly customizeable, but it has its problems (ie: slow, and sometimes down -- and don't forget the annoying AOLers, OMG LOL!!!11!!!!11!). Plus, you have to get the whole access code thing, which is annoying, and you don't get all the features without $$$. I'd recommended an open source code like Greymatter (or maybe Moveable Type too, which I'm not familiar with, but hear is good).
 

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Hello,

I just started fooling around with a iblog . It's the first one I've used, so I cannot compare it to any others. I do like how I can do everything offline, unlike what I've seen from blogger. I have yet to figure out much about changing the standard formatting, but it does appear that I can do so. It's shareware and I think it is 912 Indian Rupees.

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I agree with much of what's already been posted here.

The two leading brands of blogging software are Blogger and Movable Type. After experimenting with Blogger, LiveJournal, and others -- and paying for 'Pro' versions of Blogger and LiveJournal -- I settled on Movable Type.

MT was a pain to install (because I know so little about PHP, Perl or SQL), but has been a pleasure to use since then. Blogger is much easier to set up, but lacks basic features such as a built-in comment system for readers. And, as others have noted, the system goes down or becomes unreliable all too often.

Currently, the most popular 'blogging tools are:
- Blogger -- http://www.blogger.com/ (now owned by Google)
- Movable Type -- http://www.movabletype.org/
- Radio -- http://radio.userland.com/ (badly in need of an update)
- LiveJournal -- http://www.livejournal.com/
- Greymatter -- http://noahgrey.com/greysoft/
- Blosxom -- http://www.raelity.org/apps/blosxom/ (open source)

Several of these companies offer a "hosted" version of their software -- they display ads on your 'blog in exchange for free hosting services. If you put the 'blog content on your own server instead (or pay an ISP to host it) you can avoid the advertising, but you pay for the hosting.

Noteworthy Mac software:
- iBlog -- http://www.lifli.com/
Works with iDisk/.Mac accounts for easy weblog setup/posting
- NetNewsWire -- http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/
Reader and search tool for Weblog postings; can also be used to
post to 'blogs that use Movable Type, Radio, Blogger, LiveJournal.
- UserSpace -- http://www.interalia.org/software.php
formerly called Espressoblog; similar to NetNewsWire

Cool fringe players:
- Dean Allen's Textpattern -- http://www.textpattern.com/
Now in beta testing -- not for the non-technical, and
possibly now obsolete thanks to TypePad (see below).
- Soapbox by Hivewave -- http://www.hiveware.com/soapbox.php
Apparently abandoned during development because it
has been overtaken by competing products and plans
(including TextPad -- see below).

Two to watch:
- TypePad -- http://www.typepad.com/
A new user-friendly, hosted version of Movable Type,
now in beta testing and not yet available to the public.
- Blogger -- http://www.blogger.com/
Since it was acquired by Google a few months back,
I've been expecting Blogger to launch a new, more powerful
user-friendly version of Blogger. I haven't see it yet,
but I'm still watching and waiting to see what happens.

Recommended reading:
- "Put Blogs to Work" (Macworld July 2003)
http://www.macworld.com/2003/07/features/putweblogstowork/
- "Blogging Tools for Mac OS X (March 30, 2003)
http://www.errant.org/lago/archives/000723.html

Sandy
 
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