Storytelling And The Internet – II


Websites, Blogs, Oh My!

Building your community fire on the Internet isn’t a very difficult task. These days, it has become relatively easy to get online, and to make your presence on the Internet.

With the advent of social media, this opportunity has exploded beyond belief. Social media is the Internet equivalent of the town crier – and everyone who views your stuff and wants to let their friends know about it can use a number of ways (email and FaceBook to name a few) to share it with each other. A lively conversation might also ensue, bringing even more curious onlookers to your website.

But before we go ahead, let’s have a quick look at the very basic opportunities that are out there, and easily available for you when you decide that you want to make your website.

Free Blogs

The word ‘blog’ is a combination of the words ‘web’ and ‘log’. It is, essentially, a series of notes and thoughts that you can pen down on this site, and they are published in chronological order with the latest post on top.

If you are on a tight budget, and are looking to start out, and want to explore, then you might consider creating a free blog. A quick Google Search will reveal that there are many places where you can set up a free blog, and that too very quickly.
The format of most blogs is very simple. Once in a while you can write a note or an article, which is called a ‘blog post’ and publish it on your blog.

You can add pictures, audio and even video to the blog post. People who read your blog can add their thoughts in the comments section at the end of the blog post.

Most good blog providers will also have good social media sharing buttons on the blog post, helping your site’s viewers share information about your latest blog post with their friends.

Paid Blogs
This is one step up from the free blogs – and the payment of some money can give you more benefits. Sometimes, this means the ability of putting advertisements for your books, and sometimes, this translates into the addition of more features for your blog. Either way, the amount that you pay isn’t all that much. And if your budget has loosened up a bit, this is the option you might want to consider.

Of course, all the traditional features of the blog are also present here.

Own Website

This is, by far, the best option, and a bit more of an investment than the previous option. Here you not only own the domain (the www dot name-of-your-site dot com thing) of your website, but you also own the space on the Internet where all your website’s data gets stored. If you are keen on developing your own website, you can spend some time and effort to learn how to do that, or you can just as well hire someone to develop your website for you. Either way, it is your site and you can build it the way you want to.

With all these awesome options available for you, you can easily venture into your own adventure on the Internet, and gather your story’s listeners around your fire, and regale them with your tall tales.

So, what are you waiting for?

(8 August 2012)

Madhavi spends her time writing web content and helping people make websites. She regularly blogs and shares her thoughts about web writing and WordPress. She also explores her ardent fascination with myths and symbols via the Tarot cards on her blog

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