[Surfnetkids] Blogging Platforms

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Blogging Platforms
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This roundup of free blogging platforms features sites that offer both free hosting, and the software tools to create and maintain a blog without having to know a thing about HTML, CSS, or FTP. All allow the use of your own domain name (such as example.com instead of example.bloggingplatform.com) but some only include this feature in their premium or paid offerings.

Blogger

The free Blogger/BlogSpot platform, owned by Google, is very easy to use, has great analytics, and excellent photo gallery integration with Picasa. Blogger is probably the easiest to set up and use of these platforms, which leads to the flip side, its lack of options for advanced users. But Blogger is a solid choice for beginners, with easy integration with a variety of Google products.

LiveJournal

“LiveJournal is a community publishing platform, willfully blurring the lines between blogging and social networking.” The social aspect of LiveJournal is its strongest feature, because it is very easy to keep up with recent posts from your LiveJournal friends. With a directory of schools listed by country and state, classrooms can reach out to each other via this blogging tool. But my usual note of caution is still applicable, as many blogs that are listed by school are still not child-friendly.

Tumblr

Tumblr is a visual social platform that encourages “reblogging” as a way to build community. About half of the posts at Tumblr are photos. The other half are a mix of text, links, music, quotes, and video. Tumblr has good integration with Facebook and Twitter, supports hi-res photos, and has great tools for mobile and email posting.

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Journal Writing Printable
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