Personal Learning Network: How to Choose A Blogging Host

One of the first things to do in order to develop a personal learning network is to locate a good blogging host.

Blogging Pro has an entry about the pitfalls of a bad host. The problems can include anything from not enough features to too much downtime.

Of course you can begin with a WordPress blog for free. Since this is a form of social networking, there may be a problem with schools having this site blocked. The same may be true for, which is another free blogging site.

If you are creating a personal learning network, either of these two mentioned free sites might work well for you. The drawback is that because of schools filtering Internet sites, you may not be able to access them, yourself, at school.

If this is going to create a problem, then you might try one of the sites created specifically for education blogs. These will also allow you to add in student accounts later.

One of these is found at 21 Classes Cooperative Learning. Another such site is Edublogs.

No matter which service you decide to begin with, the first step is to create a blog. Lizardseo has a series of training videos for how to start and use a WordPress blog.

Bloggerhelp gives the same type of help getting started on Blogger.

If you decide to use one of the education blogs, video of how to get started with EduBlogs.

Personally, I use the WordPress format, mainly because I have my own web hosting and it had scripts for WordPress ready to install. I am considering creating a custom designed blogging format for teachers and students to use on my own website.

If you don’t blog, yet, it would be a good idea to take some time to use one of the links above to start creating your own blog. Which one should you use? The choice is really up to you. In the end, it doesn’t matter so much which blogging host you choose. What matters is the content of what you put in it. Next time, we’ll talk about what to do with a blog once you have one and how it helps to create a personal learning network. If you create a blog because of this post, I would love to hear from you in the comments. Which one did you choose? If you try unsuccessfully to create a blog, I’d still love to hear from you. What was the problem? Maybe I can help.

If you already blog, which blog hosting do you use? What features do you like? What do you not like? What do you wish you were able to do with your current blog hosting? Let me know in the comments section what you think.

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