I have a deal for my personal finance blogging friends. Blogger was a great piece of software several years ago, bringing “pushbutton publishing to the people.” When they added BlogSpot, it only enhanced the value of the software. But let’s face it, BlogSpot is not that stable despite being hosted by Google, and many people since the beginning of the decade moved away from Blogger’s services due to spotty access at one time or another.
I have many gigabytes of web server space and bandwidth at DreamHost that is currently going unused. By the time I could possibly fill up that space, it’s likely Dreamhost will have quintupled what is available, as that seems to be their pattern.
Therefore, I would like to help a few bloggers remove the BlogSpot shackles and get their own space… for free. Yep, that’s right, free. The only cost would be the domain name, which you can buy yourself (I suggest GoDaddy) or I’ll buy for you if you want if you send me the funds through PayPal. So basically, the cost of having your own domain and your own website is less than $10/year.
If you think you’re going to be serious about blogging, then do yourself a favor and get off of BlogSpot. Sure some people like Atrios can make BlogSpot work for them, but it’s rare.
By moving off BlogSpot, you can keep Blogger or switch to a more powerful blogging software like Movable Type or WordPress. I’ll install everything initially and provide you with shell, ftp, and configuration panel access so you can make changes yourself, but I’ll help with upgrades and installations as my schedule permits. I’ll give you 1GB of space which should be enough for anyone unless your’re incorporating audio and video. I believe I can also provide unlimited email addresses (via webmail, POP, and/or IMAP, and forwarding).
This offer is good for the first five personal finance bloggers currently residing on BlogSpot who comment here and tell me why they’re serious about blogging for the foreseeable future.
In case you’re wondering, I wouldn’t require bloggers to display ads or anything. I may be mistaken and perhaps this isn’t a service personal finance bloggers are interested in, but either way, the offer is open.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published July 12, 2006.