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Pro Blog vs Personal Blog?

2:46 am on Apr 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am a college student looking to improve my writing through a blog. My idea is to write 1-2 "articles" per week and use the blog to post them. This will not be the traditional "personal journal" or link blog. Rather it is a collection of writings. The blog is not so much to earn money from ads but rather feature my writings and improve my writing ability.

The problem I am having is deciding between using MyName.com or Keyword.com for the domain.

I have heard people say I should use MyName.com to get "personal branding" which could lead to better things (which would be my end goal). Others suggest I should use Keyword.com so I can become an "expert" in a subject. In my dreams the blog would lead to me getting noticed by a publisher and could be a springboard to "real" publishing jobs.

Does anyone have suggestions? I cannot decide!

4:56 am on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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domain names are cheap. Do both.

My first website was definitely a keyword type thing and I kinda backed into it. Started off compiling a list of books and websites for some other parents. Thought it would be easier to access on the web.

By the time I was done filling in the content gaps, it was 300 pages. ;-)

Last year I launched an "author" site for myself, the domain name is my name. I have info about myself and tools and resources for writers there. And a blog, where I talk about my professional work.

Work samples...writing, art, photography, etc. are on a different website altogether. I chose to do this mainly because most of my websites are aimed at parents and educators, but much of my writing and photography crosses the adult line, so I thought it better to separate the content a bit.

Well, this is a long-winded way of saying, why not do both? Domains are cheap, hosting is cheap.

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