First, let’s start with: “What’s a Blogging Platform?”
According to Google: “A blogging platform is the software or service that you use to publish your content onto the internet in the form of a blog. A blog platform is a specific form of a content management system.”
The Top Ten Best Blogging Sites of 2016, are as follows: http://www.websitebuildertop10.com/start-a-free-blog - You probably haven’t heard of any of them, as they are lesser known than some other popular Social Media Websites that we all know well. So let’s start with some Blogging Platforms that you know well, or probably have heard of, and then you be the judge of what the differences are and which route you prefer to go.
If you want to know more about the difference between a blogging platform and a website, please check out this article: https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-a-blogging-platform-2531835
Examples of Blogging Platforms
The “Top 5 Free Blogging Platforms” according to www.thebalance.com are as follows:
- Wordpress (Example: www.mymollydollblog.wordpress.com)
- Blogger (Example: www.lesliefischman.blogspot.com)
- Tumblr (Example: www.mymollydoll.tumblr.com)
For more information, details, and differences between these platforms, go to: https://www.thebalance.com/top-free-best-blogging-platforms-2531530
Why is it Important to Blog on a Blogging Platform and NOT a Website?
Well the whole purpose of blogging is to get people to read your work. So it becomes difficult to get people to read your work if its in a separate space on its own and not within a blogging platform network of people blogging, which you can hashtag and share amongst.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t blog on a Website. Two great places to build websites, now trending are: Weebly and Squarespace.
vs. Two great places to Blog (i.e. Blogging Platforms) are: Tumblr and Wordpress.
What to Blog, What Not to Blog?
My Mom even wanted to send me to a Therapist once a week Dr. Michelle Cohen (Therapist) in order to go over the Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging, and what not to Blog. I should know by now, considering that I have been writing online for 4 years, and have over 300k+ People on my Hashtags combined, but I continue to just write from the heart. Not the best advice! I may be popular, but I’m doing my best to be a better role model. I share a lot online and I DO NOT recommend sharing a lot of personal information online, and neither does my Mom, in fact she reminds me almost everyday not to write anything too personal online, as she reads my blogs daily, I guess that makes her one of my editors, and toughest critic. She’s a Grandma now, so I feel bad that she is still monitoring her 31 year old Daughter’s Social Media Accounts, but at least it keeps her active and on her toes. A little bit of nagging goes a long way, nothing to complain about, always take all advice with a grain of salt UNLESS it’s your Parents complaining then delete delete delete hide hide hide “only me” your posts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. This is also another good reason for hashtagging, within you posts, so that you can find your posts later, when referenced to. For easy editing and modification.
According to www.thebalance.com there is a difference between blogging for personal use and blogging for business purposes. As some sites prohibit the use of personal blogging space for business purposes. In fact, they state: “When it comes to many free blogging platforms, you are only allowed to use your blog for personal use and not allowed to use it for business purposes. If you plan on making money with your blog you'll want to be sure you're using a blog that allows commercial use or simply self-host your blog on your own hosting account as mentioned above.”
For more information about Blogging Platforms and How to Make Money Blogging Online, I suggest reading the following articles: