Free blog? What is the catch? Bloggers please advise.
For the first time in my life, I have a really good idea. I have been contemplating a series of articles to submit to newspapers on a subject that is very personal to me, but I now feel that blogging is the course I need to take... but my only experience with blogs is READING them.
There are lots of free blog sites... is there a catch that I am too dumb or inexperienced to see? How are these companies making money? Is there a cap on the number of visitors?
I need the ability to:
1. write articles
2. have advertisments that are along my topic (to generate money) (how would I get that set up??)
3. hopefully free hosting
4. the ability to add a paypal button (is this safe??)
The objectives are to get my message out "there" while hopefully generating money. I have no wild illusions about becoming wealthy, but even a pitance is symbolically important because of the subject matter.
I am so excited, but I don't know where to begin. I can see it becoming a popular place to visit, but have no practical experience setting up a blog. Is there anything I need to look for/avoid? And advice is humbly appreciated.