Find out the easiest way to start your own blog
Question and Answer of the Week: Personal Blog?Question: Hi Erin. I have a question relating to technology. I was wondering what is the easiest and cheapest way to start a personal weblog/blog? Thanks.Answer: Two of the quickest, easiest, cheapest options to start your own personal blog would be: http://www.wordpress.com (see the big shiny sign up now button?) http://www.blogger.com/start Both options are totally free. Just take a look around the two sites to determine if one solution appeals to you more than the other. And when I say these options are easy, I mean e-a-s-y. You can have your very own blog up and running within minutes. Have fun.Online Tool of the Week: ZamzarEver since I ran across this little gem of a site a few weeks ago Ive been regularly recommending it to clients. Its so darn useful that I highly recommend anyone who works on a computer bookmark it (www.zamzar.com).Zamzar is a super-simple, free online conversion tool. This means it can take your .docx files and turn them into .doc files. It can take your .jpg files and turn them into .png files. It will happily take your .ppt files and turn them into .pdf files. The entire process consists of four ridiculously easy steps. One, upload the file you want to convert. Two, choose the format into which you wish to convert the file. Three, enter your e-mail address. Four, click the convert button.The free version of Zamzar converts files up to 100MB in size, but if you need more horsepower (as in youd like to be able to convert files up to 1GB in size), paid options exist as well.Grab Bag: Five Links of the Week http://symptoms.webmd.com/ symptomchecker Not sure whats causing that tingling in your leg? Experiencing an odd sensation in your neck? Try out WebMDs Sympton Checker; answer a series of questions and learn more about what might be causing your symptoms and whether or not you should consider seeking medical attention. http://tinyurl.com/2uvwen Study this post and learn the four noble truths of blogging. http://tinyurl.com/47norn Send in your photo and these guys will create an illustrated caricature that you can use on your website, MySpace page, blog, business card, etc. $39 for your face or $89 for your face and body. http://www.photowow.com PhotoWow creates large framed canvases, wall posters, photo invitations, holiday cards, sign-in boards and more all from your personal photos. Just send in or upload your photos, choose the product youd like to order, make your payment, and look for your final piece in the mail in about one week (give or take, depending on the shipping option you choose). http://www.marumushi.com/ apps/newsmap A neat online application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. Have a look and see a visual demonstration of the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media. Quite cool.And thats it for today, everyone. Have a great week, and see ya next Monday.Based in Frisco, eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake. Learn more about her Colorado website design company at http://www.timeforcake.com or contact her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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