Even if you're just blogging as a hobby, there are so many platforms out there to choose from.

Every minute new blogs are born. They range from free to well-designed, abandoned to used on a daily basis. Blogs have a universal appeal to writers and non-writers alike. They offer people the chance to self-publish their thoughts and images to the world without censorship. Especially among millennials, a transparent generation, we have plenty of blogs appearing all the time.

Blogs can cover a wide range of topics. Some blogs are incredibly specific, while others more generally follow the lives of the bloggers who write them. With the resources it offers, blogs are often used by twenty-somethings to share stories, recipes, photos, and more.

With the variety of choices available, it can be hard to decide where to start. We may have a graphic design skills and money to spend, or a shoestring budget and few computer skills.

To help millennials take the plunge towards their first blog, here’s a breakdown of some popular blogging platforms and what they offer:

WordPress

WordPress is one of the most common blogging platforms. It provides free websites, so long as we include “.wordpress.com” at the end of the URL. It also has a variety of free templates to use whether or not we have design savvy.

If we are more serious about the site, we should purchase the domain name from WordPress (or another domain registrar such as NameCheap or GoDaddy). It’s a simple process and only costs $10-18 per year.

However, if using a pre-made template from WordPress, we may not be able to really customize it the way we’d like. Luckily most features on the site are free or reasonably priced.

WordPress also offers wordpress.org, which is a Content Management System. It allows users to install their own software or a custom theme. WordPress.com offers basic features to bloggers, while wordpress.org requires more advanced skills.

Tumblr

Tumblr is another common-man blogging platform. Tumblr offers free blogs to any users, although with “.tumblr.com” after it. You can also register your own domain and have your Tumblr URL redirect to your custom domain name.

Many Tumblr bloggers reblog quotes, gifs or photo sets. Some create original content successfully, garnering a number of likes, reblogs, shares and comments.

Tumblr provides a more laid-back blogging platform, as well pre-made templates. If we have HTML knowledge, we can also change the design of our blogs. However, that is up to the individual user to modify it.

Tumblr is more commonly used for media-related blogs and fandoms.

Blogger

Blogger, an aptly named site, can also be used by future bloggers. Blogger is a free platform offered through Google, has been a popular site for years. Blogger users don’t need to know any code to get started.

We can sign up quickly and for free by using a Google account. Next we can immediately begin designing the look of the blog. Blogger allows us to post almost immediately without getting bogged down by design. Blogger is ideal for sharing information and photos with an audience.

If we want a fancier blog or to open a shop and sell products or services, we’d want to use something beyond Blogger. Otherwise this site works for easy-to-create blog posts.

Do you have a blog? If so, what platform do you use? Let us know in the comments!