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Topic: Resolutions: Keep my job and start a blog

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Subject: Resolutions: Keep my job and start a blog
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 12:49 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2008
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I have two New Year's resolutions.  I work for a large company that has been doing major downsizing for the last 5 years. I have seen many friends and co-workers (including my husband) lose their job.  Since my husband is still not working (he's been staying home to take care of the kids) we couldn't afford for me to lose my job.  Living in western NY, there would not be many options open to me if I did.

This past year I made a resolution to take a picture a day and post them in my Kodak Gallery on line album.  I had pictures for about 300 of the days, so I feel pretty good about that.   This year I'd like to graduate to a blog.  I've heard that Wordpress is a good one to start on but many of the blogs I read are on blogspot.  So I have to first decide which one to try and tackle.  I'm looking for suggestions or recommendations from others.



Subject: My experience as a blogger
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 1:29 PM ET
Member Since: 11/2/2008
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I've had a pretty successful fashion blog for about 4 years now. I run it off Typepad, but if I had to do over again, I wouldn't do it as a Typepad subdomain; instead, I would host it probably on Go Daddy where they have a blogging platform, and your blog URL isn't a subdomain. That way, once you start to get traffic, links, & serious google juice, you rank better when people/advertisers are checking you & your traffic out at sites like Compete.com & Alexa.  That being said, I've used Word Press in the past & it's really quite good.

Photo blogs can be really successful. In the fashion space, both The Sartorialist & FaceHunter are great examples.

I hope this helps.

Subject: Thanks for the suggestions
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 2:07 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2008
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Thanks for the suggestions Lesley.I've never heard of Typepad.  I'm familiar with GoDaddy but didn't realize they had blogging too.  I'll take a look at them.



Date Posted: 1/6/2009 2:13 PM ET
Member Since: 10/9/2007
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How does one even start a blog??  There are days that I swear i would have plenty to say about life and others would find it interesting but then again I could be delusional and it's all in my head!


Subject: Your Blog
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 3:16 PM ET
Member Since: 9/1/2008
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Hey don't limit yourself-Do both! It's not so hard once you set it up. You could post only when you feel like it, once a month, have one blog for work oriented things, one for family. You caneven make it private. If you do go public, be certain to share only things you don't mind sharing. Don't limit yourself just go for it!