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Ask the MACist -- Starting a Blog

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Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Macintosh, Macintosh-related and other technology questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. We'll get to your questions in a moment but first I just want to thank those of you who sent well-wishes to me during my bout with pneumonia last week. I'm happy to say that I'm well on the road to recovery and your messages were very much appreciated.

As always, I also want to thank those of you who sent in questions. Please, keep it up! Remember, if you ever have a question about anything Macintosh, Macintosh-related, or a question about other tech like TiVo, cell phones, Blackberry, video, digital cameras and yes, even Windows, send them to me, The MACist, at: themacist at gmail dot com. Ok, let's get to it.

Our question this week comes from Jessica in Los Angeles. She asks: "I want to start a blog. Which of the places on the net is the best place to start one?"

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That's a great question and one that I get asked often -- mostly because I have blogs in one form or another all over the internet. Currently, there are several good choices of where to put your blog. Some cost a little money and some are free. For our purposes here I will concentrate on the major places with probably the most users and the best set of features.

Plus, I'll assume from the question that Jessica doesn't want to host her own blog and is looking for more of a plug-and play deal where she can sign-up and within a few minutes, start experiencing the joy of telling everyone what she thinks, feels, hopes and dreams. So, taking that info into account, the three places I'm going to focus on are: TypePad, Blogger and WordPress.