Blogs and such

Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Gaaah I feel like such a noob about all this stuff. I've had web pages....mostly the earlier plug and play template types like on geocities so I'm not completely illiterate. I had a blog I placed a widget for EF on and the site shut me down claiming it was "illicit" material blah blah! It seems the host I was using has a major hard on about sex being mentioned anywhere in a blog. I have tried to find another site but I am lost, confused and bewildered! What are some good sites, hopefully free (for the time being till I get teh hang of things) to put a blog about more racier issues? I guess what I'm asking is: Is there a place where I can place a blog and the widgets, banners and such that won't be too complicated for this poor newb?
What are your favorite blog or website hosts?
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Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Quote:
Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Gaaah I feel like such a noob about all this stuff. I've had web pages....mostly the earlier plug and play template types like on geocities so I'm not completely illiterate. I had a blog I placed a widget for EF on and the site shut me down ... More
Try either wordpress.com or blogger.com. I've used both with very few problems.
04/09/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I second what Carrie Ann has said. Many of the reviewers use Blogger but have paid for a domain with them. I pay for my own hosting and use the full version of WordPress but use the hosted version for other things and it's nice, too. I think if you're looking for free, Blogger will be more customizable in terms of look.
04/09/2009
Nashville Nashville
If you do NOT plan on ever buying a domain, blogger is preferable. However, if you want to buy a custom domain do NOT host it through blogger- I had 2 weeks worth of trouble with them before it ever was active and able to be navigated.
04/09/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
There is also sensualwriter.com, which is based on wordpress format but is specifically for adult bloggers.

I used them and had no issues when I switched to my own hosting.
04/09/2009
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Ty all! I've tried wordpress and it seems ok...it's free and seems easy enough to use. Next question how the heck do I use the widget? I am lost as to how to import it to the site...
04/09/2009
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
I will check out sensualwriter.com as well it sounds more what I'm looking for.
04/09/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Ty all! I've tried wordpress and it seems ok...it's free and seems easy enough to use. Next question how the heck do I use the widget? I am lost as to how to import it to the site...
With either SW or WP you just add the widget to your sidebar by adding a text box.

In your dashboard there will be an appearance or presentation area. From there you go to widgets, which brings up stuff you can put in your sidebar. You just add a text widget and put the html or flash code in it. Click save and it should show up on your site.
04/09/2009
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Ahhhh I knew it had to be easier than I was making it LOL! Ty so much everybody!
04/09/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
I hadn't heard of any free adult blog hosting until reading this thread, thanks y'all! I have seen blogs on Blogger that have adult content, but I've had to click through a "this blog has adult content" warning page, which is lame. I have a Blogger blog and I love it, but it's not an "adult content" type of blog.
04/10/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Rockin'
I hadn't heard of any free adult blog hosting until reading this thread, thanks y'all! I have seen blogs on Blogger that have adult content, but I've had to click through a "this blog has adult content" warning page, which is ... More
I don't really find the warning to be that detrimental. I guess it's cause I look at so many blogs on blogger.
04/10/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
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Originally posted by Rockin'
I hadn't heard of any free adult blog hosting until reading this thread, thanks y'all! I have seen blogs on Blogger that have adult content, but I've had to click through a "this blog has adult content" warning page, which is ... More
You don't have to put the adult content warning on with blogger; it's optional. I did it because I have a lot of nudity and sexuality on my sex blog versus my Bollywood blog (and the two are linked), so I don't want people stumbling on to something they don't want to see.

Beyond a few issues with formatting (especially when I'm writing a Bollywood review) and the fact that they really resize my photos, I like Blogger and have had no major problems with it.
04/12/2009
Sammi Sammi
How do you get the adult content warning to show up?
04/13/2009
Sammi Sammi
Never mind - I found it
04/13/2009
ScottA ScottA
Piggybacking a question here for the more experienced bloggers:

How long do you wait for there to be a show of interest in a blog before asking yourself if it's worth the effort? Or do people just tend not to leave comments on sex blogs?
04/13/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
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Originally posted by ScottA
Piggybacking a question here for the more experienced bloggers:

How long do you wait for there to be a show of interest in a blog before asking yourself if it's worth the effort? Or do people just tend not to leave comments on sex blogs?
Comments on blogs are a weird thing.

Some days I get a few. Some days I get none. Some days I get twenty - though that's rare.

I'd set up a stat counter, see how many people are reading, and let that decide for you rather than comments.
04/13/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Also...

The first year I was blogging I got like... ten readers a day.

It takes awhile to build up a readership.

I just checked your blog out, though, Scott and it's great!
04/13/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
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Originally posted by ScottA
Piggybacking a question here for the more experienced bloggers:

How long do you wait for there to be a show of interest in a blog before asking yourself if it's worth the effort? Or do people just tend not to leave comments on sex blogs?
I would give it 3-6 months after you feel you've maximized your blog's exposure, but it's really up to you and how much time you want to dedicate. Reading other blogs and commenting, writing about other blog's posts, and simply advertising or link-dropping can bring in the readers. It's a little bit of litter, but you could leave your URL on slips of paper in public places where they'd likely be seen. If I happened upon a url that looked neat, I might google it to see what it's about.

And as Carrie Ann said, get StatCounter.
04/14/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by ScottA
Piggybacking a question here for the more experienced bloggers:

How long do you wait for there to be a show of interest in a blog before asking yourself if it's worth the effort? Or do people just tend not to leave comments on sex blogs?
I find I get more comments on my sex blog than my regular ones but it's still a tiny fraction of my number of daily visitors. That's just the internet. After all, how many sites do you look at and not stop to leave a comment?
04/15/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Also, I use and love Webalizer for my visitors stats.
04/15/2009
Baby Sinead Baby Sinead
Buy your own domain and you'll never be censored.
05/01/2009
ScottA ScottA
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Originally posted by Baby Sinead
Buy your own domain and you'll never be censored.
Unfortunately you're not always so lucky. There have been cases where hosting providers have refused to host controversial content.
05/01/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
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Originally posted by ScottA
Unfortunately you're not always so lucky. There have been cases where hosting providers have refused to host controversial content.
Domain hosting also costs money that most of us can't spare, especially in these tough economic times. Hence, we generally rely on free services.
05/01/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Backseat Boohoo
Domain hosting also costs money that most of us can't spare, especially in these tough economic times. Hence, we generally rely on free services.
This is true but I recall a multiple blog WP site that was linked not tooo long ago. You oculd sign up and have your own blog on their resources.


On that note, if there is anyone who -really- wants their own domain but can't afford monthly hosting, I have a room for a few add-on domains with my hosting and wouldn't mind helping someone out.
05/01/2009
Gary Gary
Here are a few things that came to mind after reading through this thread...

Hosting - You can get a domain name (I think free for the life of your account) when you buy space (which I believe is unlimited) at Dreamhost.com for $120 a year (which is basically $12 a month)… AND if you search online, there are always discount coupons for Dreamhost signup. After a very quick search, I found an “AW97” coupon which gives you a “$97 off” discount when you sign up. This would mean your first year would end up costing you just $23. If you are worried about there being a problem with your content, just email the company and ask them before you sign up or pay anything. There are a gazillion adult websites out there, if you are going to go HARD-CORE, you may need to find a special host so that you don’t have a problem.

I specifically recommended Dreamhost because a bunch of people I know have been using it, and then I began using it maybe two years ago and it has been great. Yes, you can find some cheaper places, but I don’t know anything about those companies. One super awesome thing about Dreamhost is that it comes with a bunch of stuff already installed for you, like Wordpress. So setting it up at first was a bit of a pain because I did a simple install, (which was simple) but I had very few options for Wordpress and could not upload or customize the themes. I then went back and did an advanced setup and since then everything has been really cool. Now, with any Wordpress theme you see online, you can download it to your computer, upload into your online themes folder, and then easily change and customize your themes.

Like anything else, the more you want to do, the more involved it gets - but it seems to me that if you are serious about the blogging, it would be important to have an understanding of how it works so that you are not limited in doing whatever the hell you want to do, (unless you got the cash to hire people to do it for you). Even though I have built quite a few websites and now have my own blog, I still have a whole lot to learn about how this all works, I figured I would throw out a few things to think about.
05/01/2009
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
This is true but I recall a multiple blog WP site that was linked not tooo long ago. You oculd sign up and have your own blog on their resources.


On that note, if there is anyone who -really- wants their own domain but can't afford ... More
Very cool of you to offer hosted space!

Right now in my setup (but it seems to be Wordpress universal), is that once you set up a new Wordpress blog, that blog will have its own admin log in. So whoever you host a blog for in this fashion would have full access to their blog, but no access to your website and its files.
05/01/2009
Baby Sinead Baby Sinead
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Originally posted by ScottA
Unfortunately you're not always so lucky. There have been cases where hosting providers have refused to host controversial content.
If anyone needs a host and/or designer, mine is great and personal(unlike the big corporations where if your site goes down at 3am, it might take hours - he takes minutes if not answering my call right away).
I also personally prefer to treat this professionally and having my own domain takes me a step farther in making me a brand.
05/03/2009
imp imp
Buying a domain from GoDaddy with a coupon code (there's plenty that get offered ... google is your friend) is relatively cheap. Hosting doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg either. I use Hostgator, I run five domains off my main work one.

My hosting costs $6.95US a month. Or in kiwi dollars $10 a month .. that works out to $2.50 NZ a week. Not bad at all. Never had a problem with my hosting company either. Hostgator have Fantastico which basically will install wordpress for you on your domain and then all you have to do is add what you want to it and tweak the template if you have geeky skills. The joy of having your own domain and hosting is you can pretty much do what you want.

As for comments? I dunno, I write for me. If others find it worth commenting on that's awesome. Sometimes it's nice to have feedback or share thoughts on something I have written about but I don't expect them.

Reading other blogs? I read a hell of alot of them. I don't always comment unless I have something to say. Alot of the time I end up chatting to bloggers behind the scenes rather than via the blog.

If you are serious about blogging, write about what you know, what fuels you, the things that interest you. And write on a regular basis not sporadically.
06/10/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by imp
Buying a domain from GoDaddy with a coupon code (there's plenty that get offered ... google is your friend) is relatively cheap. Hosting doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg either. I use Hostgator, I run five domains off my main work one. ... More
I once bought a domain on Godaddy for one PENNY. Not even kidding.
06/10/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Baby Sinead
If anyone needs a host and/or designer, mine is great and personal(unlike the big corporations where if your site goes down at 3am, it might take hours - he takes minutes if not answering my call right away).
I also personally prefer to treat this ... More
Nothing against you but I recommend going with a "real" company. It offers just a bit more protection because it's a lot harder for a company to disappear overnight than for an individual and it also does more to assure that you get the knowledgeable answers you need. Anyone can set up a hosting company but not everyone can be a good host.
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