I have used Google Blogger (blogspot.com) for years and have been very happy so far. Google Blogger is extremely generous. Now Google Blogger have become even more generous by introducing New Blogger Custom Domain which allows you to register your own domain names so that you can have a URL which is your very own property (not a sub-domain of Blogger) and do not have the .blogspot.com at the end of the URL of your blog. Not only that, Blogger will host the blog for you for free!!!!
Of course you can chose to host your blog on your own, probably using a third party web host, but you will have to pay hosting fees, worry about getting a reliable web host with proper security, etc., getting enough bandwidth and if not sufficient for the amount of traffic your blog receive, pay for more bandwidth, get a FTP (File Transfer Protocol) software to publish your posts via FTP, forced to use the old classic Blogger template and not the New Blogger template and thus miss out on all the new features that New Blogger has to offer, and a host of problems I would like to avoid.
I have stuck to using Blogger's sub-domain for up till now and you can read why at Why I never use custom domain (click BACK button to get back to this page). However, a recent discussion with another blogger budge me into registering some domain names.
1. I have been struggling with the question as to what happens to my blogs and all the hard work I put into them when the time comes when I am no longer able to update and maintain my blogs. None of my children has indicated any interest in taking over, and if they had, the interest was lukewarm.
2. With my own domains, they can choose to either continue with it or put it up for sale if it has good PageRank, have regular visitors and drawing good traffic. I was told John Chow's blog was either offered or sold for millions. I am not exactly aiming to become a millionaire, but becoming one is not going to hurt.
3. People have more respect for a top domain like
rather than a sub-domain like
It is rather like using your home address rather a real business address for your business. Now the PageRank of this blog is a very respectable PageRank 6 at the time of publishing, but the problem is the PageRank belongs to blogspot.com rather than to me. With your own domain names, the PageRank will belong to you and not to Blogger.
So don't be surprised when you start seeing my blogs using my own domain names rather than sub-domains of blogspot.com. When I do so, I hope to remember to put a link here to how I did them.
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