Blogging is not only a great way to share your ideas and interact with people, it can also help to keep the web open.  Make sure when you are blogging, you have chosen the right platform to blog on.

It should be one that allows you complete access to your content at all times. So look towards open source platforms.  This blogs uses WordPress, the Cadillac of blogging platforms.

You took the time to write a compelling blog post and feel great about yourself. Before you step away from your post, why not take a few extra steps that just might make the act of publishing a little more enjoyable and rewarding.

Do you believe that blogging does not work? That is has failed you in your effort to accomplish your ends?  Might you consider that it hasn’t, but instead that you are dealing with cognitive dissonance?

Cognitive dissonance is that feeling of discomfort you get when what you believe runs counter to what you are doing

Having blogged for almost two decades now, I have had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of people who have gone down the same road as me.  We often commiserate on the challenges and excitement of writing online.  In the end things often crystallize around one questions, “Why did you start blogging?”

The answers vary. 

I want people to blog. Publishing and putting yourself out there can be a life-altering event.  It can lead to new connections, skills and career options.  It is very important. So I dislike saying anything that would discourage people from blogging.

But if you are a person who is using ad-supported blogging solutions, I am

You might notice, I don’t have comments on the Crazy Third Option. This does not prevent people from commenting on my posts. Why?  Because commenting has largely moved to social media.

Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are your comments sections.  By not having an account on these platforms, you are telling people, “I don’t care what