I've been building my new blog over the last few weeks, setting up formats and future post titles, selecting colors and fonts and trying to figure out how I want it to all work, where I see it going. Of course, as anyone who's starting a new blog will tell you of themselves, I have grand schemes, big dreams for what I want to accomplish - visions of huge readership, paid (relevant) ads, businesses wanting me to do reviews, giveaways, and, of course, something people want to read.
Can I do that?
Ha! Probably not. Actually, probably not even close. I don't really know what I'm doing, and I'm certainly no expert in what I'm going to talk about. I'm excited about it, though! The blog will is called "Fashion and Frugality (for Kids)." I had alluded to it in a previous post, some time back in September. I'd love to get it launched some time in January, but at this point have not yet decided if it's going to live in Blogger or WordPress. I've set up general templates in both. (Actually, I was a little bit concerned when the URL address I wanted to use on both Blogger and WordPress was taken - leading to unused pages on both, started in 2010 and then abandoned by their owners. Would the same thing happen to me? I determined that it would not. And I was then just kinda ticked off that they wasted a perfectly good URL that I could have used instead.)
Here are my requirements:
*I want it to be free for now, possibly paid later, once I can prove to myself that it's something worth paying for. And, of course, the transition from free to paid needs to be simple. If you're recommending paid, please give me all the reasons you prefer that version, what amazing things it can do (if it can make coffee, that's an added bonus...).
*I want it to look like a place someone would want to go, meaning I want it to look nice.
*I need to be able to track my traffic.
*I need to be able to gather followers.
*I need a Facebook page for it.
*Photo uploads need to be relatively simple.
*I'm a creature of habit, and, after using Blogger for the last 5 years, I need a compelling reason to use WordPress if that's what you're going to recommend.
I'm sure there are a million more requirements that I'll come up with that I haven't just listed here, but I'm scarfing down a bowl of cereal right now and have to go in about 30 seconds so I can do my hair, put some make-up on, get dressed and get to work slightly less-late than usual.
Talk amongst yourselves (but please leave a comment!). Let me know your thoughts. I think I know what I should do, but I just need to know why, and if the unpaid version will suffice to start (WordPress). But I also think I know what would be in my best immediate interest to do because it's simple and familiar (Blogger). And I know that moving one to the other later on down the road can be painful.