So you're wanting to start a blog and don't know whether you should go the free route (such as Blogger or Wordpress), or the paid way (such as Squarespace)? There are many advantages and disadvantages of both, so here are some features of each to help you decide what's right for you.
Free downloadable software!
3 GB storage for pictures
Hundreds of themes and widgets to choose from and customize
No need to know HTML!
Easy to set up
Frequent software updates - always improving
Monthly fees ranging from $12 - $36 per month
Fully manage you website or blog from a sophisticated, self-hosting service.
No software necessary
Intuitive editing - on site content editing tool
Social integration - access data from your various social networks
Templates that aren't templated - complete control of all parts of your site
Seamless blog importing - move your images, posts, and links from Blogger, WordPress, and others
Two big contenders in free blog hosting are Blogger and WordPress. There are many differences and similarities in the two, the most significant being that WordPress is a program that is downloaded to your computer in order to build and manage your blog while Blogger manages and hosts your blog from Blogger.com. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide which service is right for you.
Free and extremely user-friendly. The dashboard makes editing very easy
Free hosting. No need to find a host
Limited number of options for customization
Only 1 GB photo storage
Unlimited ways to customize your blog themes
3 GB photo storage
Many people look up to blogs designed and hosted by you
Hundreds of themes available if you choose not to customize your own
Need a host for your blog! Although there are free hosting sites available, this usually means there will be a cost
Frequent releases of new versions require frequent updates
A personal blog to entertain yourself, friends, family and others. These can contain anything you want them to! They can simply highlight your family life in order to keep other family members up-to-date on what is going on in your world, with pictures, ect.
A business blog can be very successful in getting your name out there, showing what your business can do, and informing people of your service. Usually containing everything from products your company offers to a schedule of events/appearances.
A portfolio blog is extremely effective in displaying your work and showing potential clients and employers what you're capable of achieving. You can portray anything from designs, photographs, additional work, and contact information.
The bottom line is, a blog can be anything and everything you want it to be!