Blogging has become the new medium of expressing thoughts and ideas for the 21st century Internet users. At several blogging sites, people can create a complete free blog where thoughts are shared with online community. These sites can be described as a place where ideas and opinions are shared. They drive social conversation and connect individuals with the same interest through community forums and live discussions.

Blogging is by far the most popular form to established online presence today. However, issue that amateur bloggers face is choosing the right platform to meet their needs. There are two very different types of blogging sites – the one that you host yourself, and the other where you pay a fee for domain name and web space.

Making a free blog and publishing new articles is very similar to registering an email account and sending email. This article highlights some of the best free blogging sites where you can start a blog for free.

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Free Blog Sites List

WordPress: WordPress started in 2003, since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used by millions of users and seen by tens of millions of people every day. WordPress is one of the best free blogging sites because of its fast and hassle-free sign-up process. A new user can be blogging within a matter of minutes, with many beautiful themes to choose from.

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Blogger: Blogger was started by a tiny company in San Francisco called Pyra Labs in August of 1999, later it was bought by Google. Blogger is the choice of many who are starting out in the blogosphere since it has a clean interface which makes it a big hit. If you only want to focus on writing posts, then this platform is for you. This sole feature makes Blogger one of the best blogging sites.

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 Tumblr: Tumblr (also known as a Tumble log) is a microblogging platform that lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. Tumblr offers a simple quick sign-up process that only requires an email address and has many gorgeous free themes. Tumblr is natively integrated with Twitter and Facebook, and it will automatically send updates with each new post.

Livejournal: LiveJournal is a social media platform that allows members to keep a blog, journal or diary and share their interests. LiveJournal is the oldest blogging platform on the web. However, it has seen a great decline in its user base since WordPress came along. It is still considered to be one of the top starter blogging sites. It’s one drawback is the commenting feature is limited to community members, which reduces other user’s involvement in online discussion. The lack of themes and social media features makes it one of the less-desirable blogging sites among others.

Medium: Medium is a new place on the Internet where people can share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters. It’s designed for little stories that make your day better and manifestos that change the world. It’s used by everyone from professional journalists to amateur cooks. It’s simple, beautiful, collaborative, and it helps you find the right audience for whatever you have to say.

Xanga: Xanga began in 1999 as a site for sharing book and music reviews. Later, it added blogs to all Xanga sites, and comments were added soon after it. A core part of Xanga is the ability to subscribe to other Xangas. Subscriptions allow Xangans to stay up-to-date on other Xangas to whom they are “subscribed,” without needing to manually visit each blog. Although Xanga used to be very popular, its ranking has continually declined since 2007.

Quora: Quora is your best source of knowledge. Ask any question, get real answers from people with first-hand experience, and blog about what you know. You can create a blog to share knowledge by writing posts about any topic.

Twitter: It’s not usually considered a “blogging” service, but a microblogging platform. If you are able to write your thoughts in 140 characters or less,  Twitter can be actually a great way to share your thoughts and to communicate with others. One of the reasons twitter has been so successful is that it’s easy to get started and simple to keep your microblog updated. If you leave your profile on public, anyone can read your posts just like a regular blog site.

Which Blogging Service is For You?

The blogging sites mentioned above are a great starting point for anyone looking to build their first blog.  If you can’t decide, which blogging platform to start with based on the above information, sign up with blogger or WordPress which is most used blogging platform.

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