Free blogging software platforms
There is plenty of free blogging software available on the Web, including WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and Medium which are positioned atop a list of the fifteen best blogging platforms. These blogging platforms and many others, have been propelled to their respective positions atop the popularity list because there are simple to use by design. But given such simplicity of use, some users – especially newcomers to the blogging community – who have not spent enough time learning the features and functionality of blogging software in general, can still feel overwhelmed when they attempt to use it.
That having been said, if you are among that group of individuals who feel comfortable expressing themselves in another medium, it may well prove to be worth your time and effort to learn blogging software, even though the task will not be easy. The important thing to understand about learning to use free blogging software is, it must be approached in a step by step, methodical way, instead of trying to absorb all the features at one time. One way to simplify the learning process is to avoid loading up your blog with all the free accessories you can find, since doing so will be a time consuming distraction.
Blogging software features
Features like, a visitor counter, flashy background, exciting new font(s), and a cluster of other quirky animated gifts can certainly wait until you have a better grasp of basic features like standard fonts, paragraph formatting, number of columns, layout, admin panel features and comments mediation, among many others. In other words, the recommended way in which a blog owner can get optimum performance from free blogging tools is to be discriminatory in his/her selection. The main thing that will help a user find success as s/he learns the new kind of blogging software is to take things slowly, as stated earlier.
Unfortunately, some folks get so excited about learning to blog that they rush into the thick of it and start exploring the most complicated features of a program right away, which invariably gets them into trouble and cause some of them to lose confidence which often results in them quitting before they can even get to stage two of the learning process. Taking your time to learn the basic functions of any blogging software before undertaking more advanced techniques, is likely to help you retain what you have learned, as well as to instill confidence and a positive sense about your ability to understand the world of blogging.
Approach blogging software with discretion
What might also be an excellent idea is to learn about different kinds of free blogging tools that are available so that you can make an informed decision about what to add to your blog; but keep in mind that simply because you can have something doesn’t mean that you need to get it. It may be more important to practice restraint by selecting only those options that you think will be useful – if not valuable – to you in your ambitious blogging enterprise.
A good example of such discretion is determining how many visitors read your blog, in the sense that if you can check your traffic stats without installing a visitor counter, which is likely to add unnecessary clutter, then by all means do so. Another example is the enormous distraction a flashy background will cause, and limited benefit it would provide, if installed on a text-based blog. And remember that even a blog tool that doesn’t cost you any money may not be an asset in the long run; so be realistic about assessing, and select the kinds of blog accessories that will help you crystallize your vision and achieve your blogging objectives.