Is blogging costing you money?

Eleven years ago, heavily pregnant with my fourth child, I decided I needed a website. I used the programme Freeway to create one, and after a few days there it was: my very own website! It contained one picture and three links, and man was I proud!

Such a beautiful website should of course be shared with the world, so I forked over 500 dollar for hosting, and my own domain name.

Then I discovered Blogger!

Four years later I discovered Blogger: a free way to create a blog/website. As the available templates put my little website to shame I decided to make the switch. So I cancelled my hosting service, and only paid 10 dollars for my domain name:

I know the general consensus is, that if you want to be a professional blogger, you should do your own hosting. But for now, I like Blogger too much to change.

Does blogging cost you money?
Do you think it's important to get your own domain name?
Is blogging costing you money? Reviewed by Nicole orriëns on Friday, February 17, 2012 Rating: 5


  1. I completely agree! I purchased a .com for my blog, but I've never done anything with it because I'm so content with Blogger.

    I work full-time outside the home, so I can't devote the time required to be a professional blogger. It's just a hobby. With that in mind, I try to be very conscientious about spending money on it.

  2. I don't think it's totally necessary anymore. I know so many great blogs that have HUGE followings, that still use Blogger. I think the thing that sets people apart, these days, is a good design. I say, if you want to take it to the next level, don't host yourself, but hire a great designer, instead. Great topic!

  3. Hi Paige,

    a good design is key, you are right! That, and good original content.

  4. Its something I aspire to but I'm not ready yet.


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