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Blog Freebies

Would you like to publish on the Web, but don't want the hassle of having to set up a Web site? Then you should explore using a blog service. A "blog" (short for "Web log") lets you easily post content on the Web instantly. Below, TheFreeSite.com offers a roundup of free services that let you easily set up your own blog. Most of these services will also host your blog and many of them offer free enhancements to help you develop and promote your blog.

FreeWebHeaders.com

This well-done site offers over 4,000 free headers for use on blogs. Here, you'll find blog and Web site headers, Flash headers and customizable headers in a variety of categories. The headers are suitable for use on personal and business Web sites, as well as blogs, Myspace, WordPress, and more.

WordPress.com

This popular free, ad-supported blog-hosting service is powered by WordPress, the open-source publishing platform. Here, you can quickly create your own personal or professional blog that you can customize with loads of themes and layouts. You can also create a site for your business, event, portfolio, or online store. With WordPress.com's free plan, you get 3 gigs of space for your files and media. (Premium plans are also available that offer more space and additional features).

Tumblr

An easy-to-use, free "microblogging" service, popular with the under-25 crowd, that lets you create short posts containing text, photos, stories, links, music, and videos with a minimum of fuss. Owned by Yahoo, Tumblr hosts nearly 300 million blogs.

PingMyUrl

Are you looking to promote your blog? A free service, PingMyUrl, lets you automatically submit your blog's URL to over 1,600 Web sites that accept free listings. The service is search engine friendly. All you need to do is enter a URL and click "submit." There is no cumbersome CAPTCHA or email verification process.

Blogger

Would you like to publish on the Web, but don't want the hassle of having to set up a Web site? Then you should explore Blogger, a free online tool that lets you post content on the Web instantly. Blogger, a popular service owned by the search engine Google, lets you quickly and easily set up a custom "blog" (short for "Web log"). See an example of a Blogger blog here.

BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com

This isn't really a "freebie;" it's the blog of TheFreeSite.com's creator, Marc McDonald. Although this political commentary blog leans progressive, it mainly focuses on issues that the U.S. mainstream media outlets neglect to cover.

OkayBlog.net

(Note: this site is temporarily unavailable). At this site, you can easily set up your own blog, for free. OkayBlog.net's service is powered by the popular WordPress blog publishing system.