Websites for Blogging: BlogSpot, LiveJournal, Xanga, MySpace and DeadJournal

You’ve seen them all over the internet. Some host silly little meme’s and fun, online quizzes. Others host rants and raves, and some hold personal thoughts and events. You have decided that you want to have one too, but you aren’t sure where to start. There are so many to choose from, and they all tailor to different needs. Well, here’s your one stop guide.

First you need to think about what you want to blog about. Do you want just a journal for your personal thoughts? A place to put online quizzes? Would you like to post your artwork? Or do you want to share your opinion on things with the world?
BlogSpot is a blog that seems to be aimed towards the older crowd. People use it to keep in touch with families across the country (or world), post opinions on world affairs or whatever they’re passionate about. It’s a great way to start, however. It’s easy enough to figure out, and offers you just what you want, a place to blog.
LiveJournal is a great way to keep in contact with friends and join communities of your interest. You can get it for free, or update it for a small cost to get more options, including more user pictures (some people like to go a little crazy with their icons!). You have a ‘friends page,’ which is a whole page showing you each of the entries that your friends have made, and a plethora of communities to join if your heart so desires. You also have the option to lock your entries so that only your friends can view them.
DeadJournal isn’t as well known, but it is a lot like LiveJournal. It offers many of the same features. It’s a great way to keep in contact with your friends if you aren’t into doing what’s popular.
Xanga is a growing blog site. It seems to be aimed at the younger crowd, though anyone can use it. You can search for people in your area (Metro), you can search for groups of people (Community), and you can write about whatever you want. If you have friends who have xangas, you can subscribe to theirs, and have instant links on your xanga to theirs.
The ever famous MySpace also has a blogging area. Myspace is huge, and getting more and more popular every day. You can leave comments on your friends my spaces, put up blogs, send messages to your friends straight throught he site, and you can even add a song to play directly on your page. The possibilities on Myspace are huge.

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