Let’s say you blog on Blogspot. Google owns Blogspot aka Blogger. You own nothing. So you are not a blogger. You blog on a free platform Google owns; Google owns you and your alleged blog. You are not a blogger.
Do you blog on WordPress dot com? Free platform. WP dot com owns your blog. You own nothing. You are not a blogger because you do not own the blog. You are a contributor to a free blogging platform.
Imagine you buy your domain on a Blogger blog. Does this make you a blogger? Nope. Bloggers OWN their blogs. Perhaps you own the domain name but you do not own the blog on Blogger because Google owns the blog. Maybe you cyber live at that location but you do not OWN the location. Imagine being a cyber squatter; someone paid for the home and owns the home. You live there, for free. Similar to when Kelli and I do house sits, we do not own these homes. We live in these homes, for free. I would lie if I called myself a homeowner because I do not own the home. You can say you blog, but if you do not own the domain AND hosting, you are not a blogger. Bloggers own their blogs.
I am on a VPS. I invested money to own BloggingFromParadise.com so I call myself a blogger. I own the blog. I own the brand. Nobody can kick me off my blog unless I do something insanely offensive and break the hosting company terms of service. I own my blog so I am a blogger because bloggers own their blogs and people who do not own their blogs are simply people blogging on free platforms. Good luck trying to become a highly successful entrepreneur blogging on a free platform. Credibility issue. People instantly do not trust someone blogging on a free platform with the amateur-looking domain name because it looks bad, said blogger lacking clarity to invest money in owning their blog.
The cases of someone becoming highly successful on a free blogging platform are so incredibly rare that it’d be flat out foolish to advise you to blog on a free platform. Even if you buy your domain and blog on a free platform like Blogger you:
- never tap into the massive support community at WordPress.org
- never access the branding power of a self-hosted blog
- never access the monetizing potential of a self-hosted blog
- never gain the credibility of owning a self-hosted blog
Imagine you need to climb 10 miles up a towering mountain. Buying your domain and hosting is like traveling up the mountain with the bare essentials of minimum food and hiking equipment and clothing. Lean and mean operation. Trying to blog on a free platform is like strapping on 200 pounds of excess, bloated weight, carrying a TV and laptop and video game system, and wearing a chain mail suit, guaranteeing you fail to make the climb.
Buy your domain and hosting. Make life easier on yourself. Be a blogger.
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