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    so first off, i have no idea how to start a real blog. i'd like to get my own domain name and whatnot, the whole 9 yards. but the closest i've ever come to a real blog is the blog function on my myspace.

    so generally... where do i begin? how do i start this endeavor?

    any links to tutorials, and any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Personally, I just use blogspot. I feel like that's pretty respectable for dudes who don't have the scratch or the coding know-how to build their own site. I hear that you can also embed blogspot blogs into domains but I don't know how that's done.

    Someone with more net savvy may very well tell you to ignore me. I'm OK with that if it happens.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2008
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    Wordpress is pretty awesome. I find it's much better than blogger/blogspot.

    And damn it...I remember a while ago Nick Currie (Momus to others) actually wrote a good article on how to be a good blogger but I can't remember where/when it is...
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      CommentAuthorAdam
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2008
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    Yeah, Wordpress is awesome. Warrenellis.com is based on wordpress tech. It is so, so customisable that you shouldn't struggle to put together something that you're really happy with pretty damn quickly.

    What I like most about it is that you can separate your blogs into different categories, so if you're writing a series of blogs on a particular subject they can be grouped together in sequence without your posts in other categories breaking the rhythm.
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    that sounds awesome, and probably exactly what i'm looking for.

    i'll definately start up on it tomorrow at work if i'm not too preoccupied playing video games.
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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2008
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    You could also look at tumblr or blogger as well.
    Tumblr has 'fewer functions', but thanks to desktop apps like tumblweed, it's incredibly simple to make posts to.
    If you go for one of the 'full' blog engines, have a look at an app like Windows Live Writer, Blogjet or w.Bloggar for writing posts offline and then posting them to your blog. SO much more convenient than having to log on to your blog online, write on the page, press Back by mistake, lose all your work, cry in frustration, etc etc.

    As for getting your own domain name pointing at it, find a name that's free and that makes sense to you, shop around for a good price. Not sure how it works on Wordpress - @Ariana? - but each product will have its own (hopefully) detailed instructions for it. For tumblr, you need to point the name at your blog (techncially, create a DNS entry that points to the IP address fo the blog) and then change one of the settings on your blog site to use the new name. Sounds complex, but really isn't.
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    Alternatively to hmobius, make a friend who already has a website and ask nicely for a subdomain.
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      CommentAuthorAdam
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2008
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    Or alternatively still, you could just hack the internets. ALL of them.
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      CommentAuthorTelecart
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2008 edited
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    If what you're looking for is a hosted site with a domain name and everything, again I'd recommend wordpress, but note that some host providers have automatic wordpress installation if you're not up to dealing with MySQL and FTP and such (though it isn't that difficult). Wordpress.org recommends a few hosts, I think hostgator and siteground have free automatic install (some others might take a few bucks for it). It's usually under 'Fantastico' or 'Fantastico De Luxe' in your cPanel. You should probably google 'free wordpress install' or something.
    Again, if you're not technically inclined, I'd buy the domain name and the hosting from the same company, that way you don't need to deal with putting 1 and 1 together.

    Good luck.
    • CommentAuthorjarod
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2008 edited
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    Yahoo!Small Business web hosting offers both WordPress and MoveableType blogs, and as far accounts go, their control panels are pretty simple to use:

    http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/webhosting/hostingfeatures.php

    I used them for a number of years, and only recently moved to consolidate my accounts onto a VPS. Here are a few other hosting options if you're going to run WordPress:

    http://wordpress.org/hosting/
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2008
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    i'd actually like to code my own blog, at least its appearance. i'm almost certain that it can all be done in CSS, but what i want is a dynamically changing blog box (the rest of the page/frame/etc stays the same, only the blog reloads when you press "previous" or "next"). i hope not to resort to flash or frames.... anyone seen any examples of this? mostly i just hate long cluttered blogs (essentially every blog in the world right now).
    • CommentAuthorjarod
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2008 edited
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    Something like this?

    jQuery would be good for that. Write a little PHP file that pulled a specific entry and returned it as XML, JSON, or (if you're lazy like me) HTML. Then have you main blog page pull the entry into via a little AJAX-y thing. That example just uses my LJ's RSS feed, but you're welcome to it if you want.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2008
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    exactly! my hero. <3

    html would work just fine for me, too. i never even thought of an rss feed; that means i could still use an engine like wordpress just for saving and formatting, and then pull from there and do the stylizing on my own domain page....

    ooh. wheels turning.
    • CommentAuthorjarod
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2008 edited
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    I think that's everything you'll need. Obviously, jQuery is not mine... You'll need to change a couple of settings in the PHP files... CHMOD to 777... Etc.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2008
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    hah! have i mentioned "my hero"? thanks, dude.
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      CommentAuthoroutlawpoet
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2008
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    Andrew is a web programming superhero. He whipped me up an AIR widget for giggles on his LJ a few days ago.
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    thank you so much guys you are the epitome of awesome
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    GoDaddy+Wordpress=Win
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      CommentAuthorjesseraub
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2008
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    I use Wordpress to publish my wesbite: http://bitterpres.com

    I started out on the Wordpress servers, and bought the URL and just had it forward to the site's wordpress.com URL. Once I started liking what I was doing, I found a friend with server space, and had him install Wordpress for me and set it up with my URL.

    GoDaddy has cheap URLs. But friends are best for webmaster type stuff. If you don't have any friends you can chat with, I recommend staying on the Wordpress servers until you get the hang of it all.