Best free blog?
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 10:29:46 AM
It used to be so easy to create a WordPress blog. Apparently, they've changed their ways, and if you want a free blog, they essentially don't allow you to choose an appropriate name for it. I just tried, and they keep adding oddball unrelated content to the name. I'm beyond frustrated with it. So...

What experiences have you had with other freebie blog sites? Have you found any gems? How about any dogs?
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 11:09:26 AM
I use Weebly.

They have changed a lot over the years. I started mine in 2012.

it is easy to use though. and my jelly jar blog is a blogger. I like it too.
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 11:49:58 AM
I looked at Weebly but they seem to have very few themes compared to others. Can you choose a theme and then totally change its layout so it doesn't look very much like the original?
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 2:51:36 PM
Colorwash wrote:
I looked at Weebly but they seem to have very few themes compared to others. Can you choose a theme and then totally change its layout so it doesn't look very much like the original?


I changed mine once. but that was back when it was still small. I think if you stick to the same basic type you can. they have the old themes that are not dymamic view and then they have some new styles that are. I don't think crossing over from old to new types would work very seamlessly.

I looked at Wix once but never got any farther than looking.
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 2:52:45 PM
word press totally stumped me... it is not user friendly as far as I could tell.
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 4:22:32 PM
🌼Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
word press totally stumped me... it is not user friendly as far as I could tell.

Back a number of years, WP was relatively easy. Not so now, but I find it's not the themes; rather, it's WP. They've fiddled endlessly with the management end of things, perhaps thinking everything should look pretty. What on earth does "pretty" have to do with managing things? Puh-leeze, get off the pretty bandwagon. Another thing they've done is to make it impossible to get a decent URL, throwing in unrelated words that would negate any SEO. It appears they're trying to force people to go the paid route. I may do that, but not with WP. I'll just take one of the free templates with me when I go elsewhere.
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 7:07:53 PM
I just have a Blogger blog, but I bought a template from a shop on Etsy at the beginning of the year for it and have been fiddling around with the HTML a bit with online tutorials and I think it has more of a website feel now.

It is still a bit of a work in progress (for example my slider images need resized so they fit better on more devices) and it doesn’t look perfect on all devices, but there are so many different screen sizes it is almost impossible for it to be optimized for all of them and it looks great on my computer and on my son’s MacBook.

Plus, Blogger is free, you can point a custom domain to it for free, and you can work with it a lot more If you are comfortable playing with the HTML. The new blogger themes have some really clean basic looks too if you don’t want to mess with it much and just get to blogging.

The template I bought is optimized for SEO as much as possible and I was able to easily get it set up and approved for rich pins if Pinterest ever fixes them.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 4:11:21 AM
I've been doing some heavy research into it and have decided to go with a paid blog because the search engines rank the freebies like WordPress and Blogger low enough that they hardly have a chance to register at all. You have to work your tail off to get eyes on your site along with followers. Now I'm looking for the cheapest way to go with a hosted blog. I'm specifically looking at those that have a come-hither price for the first year and then jack it up for the ensuing years. The jacked-up price averages at about $8 per month.

What strikes me as odd with the ranking of free blogs is that, though you don't see them when searching, you do see a lot of Pinterest stuff.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 6:00:54 AM
Interesting. Since Google owns blogger, I’m surprised that Blogger blogs don’t rank well in searches.
I’ll just filter as many links as I can from there to Pinterest and hope search engines pick them up from Pinterest at least.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 6:49:40 AM
MelroseOriginals wrote:
I just have a Blogger blog, but I bought a template from a shop on Etsy at the beginning of the year for it and have been fiddling around with the HTML a bit with online tutorials and I think it has more of a website feel now.

It is still a bit of a work in progress (for example my slider images need resized so they fit better on more devices) and it doesn’t look perfect on all devices, but there are so many different screen sizes it is almost impossible for it to be optimized for all of them and it looks great on my computer and on my son’s MacBook.

Plus, Blogger is free, you can point a custom domain to it for free, and you can work with it a lot more If you are comfortable playing with the HTML. The new blogger themes have some really clean basic looks too if you don’t want to mess with it much and just get to blogging.

The template I bought is optimized for SEO as much as possible and I was able to easily get it set up and approved for rich pins if Pinterest ever fixes them.


yes I like the new blogger template I chose for my jelly jar blog... no fuss no muss. But they look really nice and customizing all the colors and fonts is super easy. I wouldn't mind playing with customizing other templates more but I don't have enough time.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 6:52:35 AM
regarding traffic: it helps if you list your blog with free blog directories.

My brand new blog has already gotten a nod from feedspot as a new canning blog to watch this year.

also post content along with your links and post at least once a week.

the link below is now attached to that new canning blog.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 7:35:38 AM
🌼Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
regarding traffic: it helps if you list your blog with free blog directories.

My brand new blog has already gotten a nod from feedspot as a new canning blog to watch this year.

also post content along with your links and post at least once a week.

the link below is now attached to that new canning blog.

I know I said it before, but I have to say it again: I love how the blog looks.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 8:27:09 AM
Colorwash wrote:
🌼Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
regarding traffic: it helps if you list your blog with free blog directories.

My brand new blog has already gotten a nod from feedspot as a new canning blog to watch this year.

also post content along with your links and post at least once a week.

the link below is now attached to that new canning blog.

I know I said it before, but I have to say it again: I love how the blog looks.


Thank you!
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 10:02:24 AM
I don't think a paid blog will help you with rankings. I come across lots of blogspot blogs in my searches. I think ranking depends on how much traffic the blog is getting in the first place and if other sites link to it.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 11:40:58 AM
I don't remember ever seeing a freebie WordPress blog, but I see the paid variety all over the place.

If I had the energy, I'd go back to programming my own with the nice software I have for doing it. Want it here? Put it here. Want this to point to that? Just say so and it happens. Blog themes can be a pain to manipulate, but doing it from scratch gobbles up one's time.

I'm currently revamping an old test blog that I must have done three years ago, and now it refuses to let go of 2017. That doesn't work very well for setting up an archive widget. If only I could get behind the scenes and fix the stupid date.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 12:33:31 PM
🌼Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
MelroseOriginals wrote:
I just have a Blogger blog, but I bought a template from a shop on Etsy at the beginning of the year for it and have been fiddling around with the HTML a bit with online tutorials and I think it has more of a website feel now.

It is still a bit of a work in progress (for example my slider images need resized so they fit better on more devices) and it doesn’t look perfect on all devices, but there are so many different screen sizes it is almost impossible for it to be optimized for all of them and it looks great on my computer and on my son’s MacBook.

Plus, Blogger is free, you can point a custom domain to it for free, and you can work with it a lot more If you are comfortable playing with the HTML. The new blogger themes have some really clean basic looks too if you don’t want to mess with it much and just get to blogging.

The template I bought is optimized for SEO as much as possible and I was able to easily get it set up and approved for rich pins if Pinterest ever fixes them.


yes I like the new blogger template I chose for my jelly jar blog... no fuss no muss. But they look really nice and customizing all the colors and fonts is super easy. I wouldn't mind playing with customizing other templates more but I don't have enough time.


Your jelly jar blog looks really good Shelli! I love how the colors remind me of peach jelly. lol

If you ever have the time or want to mess around with it more you can use the template you already have and this blog has tons of great tutorials that you can use and you can take it in bite sized chunks and just do one little thing here and there when you have the time or feel like it. I was using her tutorials on the simple theme before I changed templates and was able to do a lot. Like move the menu to the top, add a mailing list, remove the side bars on certain pages, etc.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 12:41:54 PM
🌼Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
regarding traffic: it helps if you list your blog with free blog directories.

My brand new blog has already gotten a nod from feedspot as a new canning blog to watch this year.

also post content along with your links and post at least once a week.

the link below is now attached to that new canning blog.


That is a good tip! I think I will try and work on that this evening.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 12:50:59 PM
Colorwash wrote:
I don't remember ever seeing a freebie WordPress blog, but I see the paid variety all over the place.

If I had the energy, I'd go back to programming my own with the nice software I have for doing it. Want it here? Put it here. Want this to point to that? Just say so and it happens. Blog themes can be a pain to manipulate, but doing it from scratch gobbles up one's time.

I'm currently revamping an old test blog that I must have done three years ago, and now it refuses to let go of 2017. That doesn't work very well for setting up an archive widget. If only I could get behind the scenes and fix the stupid date.


I don't have the knowledge to to all of that! It really opens up your options, but I get not having the energy to do all of that. Sometimes you just want to go the easier route, give yourself a break, and save some time.

The most I can do is hunt and peck at HTML with a very specific tutorial and code already written and ready for me to copy paste. I have learned a little from doing it this way, but not enough to write a whole site's worth of code.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 1:05:14 PM
Colorwash wrote:
I don't remember ever seeing a freebie WordPress blog, but I see the paid variety all over the place.

I was referring to blogger not wordpress. The reason you are seeing a lot of paid wordpress blogs is probably because the majority of websites these days are setup on the wordpress platform, and freebie wordpress blogs have ads and restrictions so people prefer blogger instead because it doesn't.

But I don't think any of that matters as far as ranking goes, what matters to google is popularity - the more link backs a blog or site gets and the more click throughs from search results, the higher its ranking will climb.

Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 1:21:47 PM
MelroseOriginals wrote:
🌼Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
MelroseOriginals wrote:
I just have a Blogger blog, but I bought a template from a shop on Etsy at the beginning of the year for it and have been fiddling around with the HTML a bit with online tutorials and I think it has more of a website feel now.

It is still a bit of a work in progress (for example my slider images need resized so they fit better on more devices) and it doesn’t look perfect on all devices, but there are so many different screen sizes it is almost impossible for it to be optimized for all of them and it looks great on my computer and on my son’s MacBook.

Plus, Blogger is free, you can point a custom domain to it for free, and you can work with it a lot more If you are comfortable playing with the HTML. The new blogger themes have some really clean basic looks too if you don’t want to mess with it much and just get to blogging.

The template I bought is optimized for SEO as much as possible and I was able to easily get it set up and approved for rich pins if Pinterest ever fixes them.


yes I like the new blogger template I chose for my jelly jar blog... no fuss no muss. But they look really nice and customizing all the colors and fonts is super easy. I wouldn't mind playing with customizing other templates more but I don't have enough time.


Your jelly jar blog looks really good Shelli! I love how the colors remind me of peach jelly. lol

If you ever have the time or want to mess around with it more you can use the template you already have and this blog has tons of great tutorials that you can use and you can take it in bite sized chunks and just do one little thing here and there when you have the time or feel like it. I was using her tutorials on the simple theme before I changed templates and was able to do a lot. Like move the menu to the top, add a mailing list, remove the side bars on certain pages, etc.


Thank you Malissa for the compliment and the link and suggestion!

I hope there will be a time in the near future when I have more time to spend working on it or my super old Weebly blog which I really need to revive because it is almost dead. lol!
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 1:23:22 PM
MelroseOriginals wrote:
🌼Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
regarding traffic: it helps if you list your blog with free blog directories.

My brand new blog has already gotten a nod from feedspot as a new canning blog to watch this year.

also post content along with your links and post at least once a week.

the link below is now attached to that new canning blog.


That is a good tip! I think I will try and work on that this evening.


I hope it helps!
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 1:37:28 PM
MelroseOriginals wrote:
The most I can do is hunt and peck at HTML with a very specific tutorial and code already written and ready for me to copy paste. I have learned a little from doing it this way, but not enough to write a whole site's worth of code.

Actually, the software these days for building web sites is visual. You can grab things and move them around, and you have all kinds of menus for doing all kinds of wonderful stuff. Along the way, you can't help but absorb how things are coded. I do like to tinker with things though. "I wonder what will happen if I add this or delete that?" But yeah, at this point I'd rather find a daredevil to do it all for me.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 1:46:25 PM
Colorwash wrote:
MelroseOriginals wrote:
The most I can do is hunt and peck at HTML with a very specific tutorial and code already written and ready for me to copy paste. I have learned a little from doing it this way, but not enough to write a whole site's worth of code.

Actually, the software these days for building web sites is visual. You can grab things and move them around, and you have all kinds of menus for doing all kinds of wonderful stuff. Along the way, you can't help but absorb how things are coded. I do like to tinker with things though. "I wonder what will happen if I add this or delete that?" But yeah, at this point I'd rather find a daredevil to do it all for me.


It sounds like the software my son has for designing his own video game that has menus for adding different skins and textures and such. It is still a lot of work, but no where near as hard as having to code each skin and texture and then apply it, and then decide whether you like it or not.... and repeat.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 5:25:02 PM
Shellie, I'm freshly back from your blog where you have some truly unique recipes. The beets caught my eye because it's so darned peculiar sounding, and yet, I've indulged in a variety of rarities myself. I never much liked beets myself until I had a realization. Being raised by one Russian and one half a Russian, I was used to a variety of borscht, one being beet borscht, which I loved. It was served cold with a large dollop of sour cream. So I went off to the market, bought a simple can of beets, added a little sugar, and served it to myself with sour cream. I now love beets. So your quest to find ways to prepare veggies you don't like is an admirable thing. What about turnips? Is there any way on God's green earth that this reprehensible vegetable can be redeemed?
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