i'm not frightening anyone from blogging the stories of their life or their dog's. in fact this is a mini-guide to inform new bloggers of some options they have.there are also some rather major guides if you google enough.
i decided a few days ago that i'd put my collective thoughts and random mail ramblings into one spot so the rest of the world can dissect me and my evil double life that i reveal now and then. a few posts in, i find myself bogged down in blogtopia.
to relieve myself of the hassles of paying for a website or the blogging software (there are a lot by the way) i decided to go the way of the majority and signed up at blogger
walking through the steps was easy : select a template and some more rather simple options and you are set. i posted my first piece almost immediately and it was a piece of cake. for later posts i will just need to login with my username1 and password1
i realised that like some other blogs i read, i'll probably need to be a goodie2shoes and link to their sites and others i read so my readers get to know me more. i had two options : write the html code within the template for each of the links or blogroll, a service that allows me to add linklists to my blog that will also automatically update when someone posts something new. now thats something i could use. and just like that i had username1 and password2. like most other paranoid netizens i have a different password for each of my accounts. yet another alternative to blogrolling is del.icio.us that allows you to manage bookmarks rather easily. right now my links are just plain html. i will probably choose delicious.
my second post revealed blogger's shortcomings. nothing to be alarmed of and rather easily fixed. blogger doesnt allow photos to be stored so i needed to find a online photo storage site. being a mac user meant (apart from being in the minority) i had to be different and chose flickr to be my online album manager. username2 and password3. cos flickr needed a email address instead of a username.
then one of the other bloggers revealed his way of tracking visitors to his blog. my selfish gene was at the height of its activity now. i quickly surfed over to statcounter and got a counter for my blog. yup the tiny number thing below the blogger logo on the right actually knows where you come from, the brand of toothpaste you use and what you had for breakfast. its also a woefully small number. i must visit my blog from different machines at work and increase that number.
a few bloggers also have a relation with a authenticating website so you dont comment anonymously and flame them. so if i needed to give some feedback or point out a spelling mistake in another post, i need to let them know that i'm authorised by Typekey . So username1 and password4 (but this is more for the blog reader than the blogger)
alternatively i can choose to add a commenting site to manage the comments on my site that doesnt require a reader to sign in to anything. one such site is haloscan . that makes it username1 and password5
finally some bloggers also have a small box on their site that allows readers to instant chat with the blogger.i am not going over the top but in case you are interested to add it to your blog one such instance can be found at myshoutbox. so what could have been username1 and password6 was averted.
to summarise : 2 usernames and 5 passwords already in addition to all my email accounts, numerous online bank accounts (all of them are empty u phisher freaks), online communities and forums.
end to end all those usernames and passwords can go around the blogworld..twice.