To start a blog you’ll need to select a blogging platform – or a tool that helps you to get your content up onto the web. There are many blogging platforms available but in my mind the choice is clear and simple. WordPress is by far the most popular blogging platform and for good reason:
– It is free to use
– It is easy to set up
– It has been around for many years and is a robust and secure system
– It has a whole industry of tool providers, designers and developers around it that will help you to customise your blog in many ways
WordPress offer two tools:
WordPress.com – where they host your blog, look after the back end, and give you access to have it on their own domain. It’s free to start but, you pay to upgrade different elements of it.
WordPress.org – where you have complete control and host the blog on your own server, your own domain and have complete control over how it looks, operates and how you can monetise it. It is completely free to use but you need to arrange your own hosting, domain etc.
My recommendation is to go with WordPress.org – you’ll have a little more work in the setting up phase but in the long run you’ll have full control over the look, feel, features and monetization of your site. It could end up cheaper for you too!