WordPress is one of the most popular blog software packages and is available free for use in your own web hosting package. Or, as one of my subscribers did, you can create your blog for free at wordpress.com.
In one case, my subscriber is using his blog to share genealogical research information with other family members. That’s why he wanted to set up multiple userID’s that could post to his blog. wordpress.com allows people to sign up for an account without creating a blog — this is intended to do exactly what Sprague wants to do.
But, apparently, they’ve got a slight program glitch at wordpress.com such that, in order to post to a blog, you have to have your own blog wordpress.com blog first. That’s not too bad of a problem, since they’re free…
Normally, a blog has one or two people who post the messages; everyone else uses the Comment feature to write their response to one of the posts.
I know others who use blogs to share family photos with family members who are far away. It’s certainly a lot more interesting than emailing them, since viewers can comment on the blog entries.
What about privacy? Most blog software allows you to configure your blog so that only specific people can see it. Similarly, the software can control who (if anyone) is allowed to comment on the posts.
So, it’s really up to you — set up a blog to share some knowledge. Whether it is for a specific project, like Sprague’s family history, or information about your favorite hobby, it’s a great personal communcication tool.
For businesses, blogs are a great customer communications tool and public relations tool.
Blogs can even be used for regular web sites, since you can set up static pages as well as dynamic pages where you post articles and entries. I’ve converted Terry’s Computer Tips (this site) from being a PHP/HTML based site to a WordPress database-based site.
WordPress added the concept of “Child” themes as of version 2.9. That means that we can start with one theme, and then tweak it via changing or adding Child theme pages only as necessary.
I’m using the fantastic Genesis Theme Framework from StudioPress.