3 Ways to Blog Without a Website

Setting up a website to blog can seem like a daunting task – especially if you aren’t interested in doing it long term or you’re not sure how dedicated you will be. If you have some thoughts to share but you don’t want to have to go through all that, here are some alternatives so you can start blogging immediately.

Mainly used for:

professional opinions, productivity and career tips

If you’re one of the thousands who upload your resume on LinkedIn and then run off to one of the more ‘fun’ social networks, then it may shock you to know how much of a thriving ecosystem LinkedIn has become for business professionals. Up until a few months ago, use of the blogging platform on LinkedIn was limited to ‘influencers’ – the elite few who had proved their worth outside of LinkedIn (think of it along the lines of a verified account on Twitter). Now, LinkedIn has opened up this platform to all members.

This could potentially lead to disaster once it grows and people start to flood the system with meaningless drivel, but for now I’m happy to say I’ve found several entertaining/enlightening posts in the last few weeks that I probably wouldn’t have seen outside of LinkedIn.

How to access:

Once you have a LinkedIn account, just log in and click on the pencil icon in the update bar. You will be guided through some ‘Getting Started’ tips from there.

Mainly used for:

thought-provoking articles and stories about life and work

Medium states their mission perfectly on their About page:

Medium looks fantastic on just about any device and it’s great for reaching an audience outside of your current social network.

How to access:

You can use your Facebook or Twitter account to sign up for Medium and start posting in minutes.

Mainly used for:

fun stuff your friends will want to read

When we were younger and Facebook was our primary social network, we all used Notes to share poetry, stories and fun, silly games like “Your Life As Britney Spears Song Titles” (seriously, I still have that one). Nowadays, Notes have evolved. They are a lot sexier than they used to be and provide prime real estate for persons and business who want to share stories and articles with friends and fans.

Facebook Notes requires a lot less formality than the other two options mentioned above, they can be as short or long as you like (the limit is 65, 535 characters), and you already have a built in network to share them with. Facebook has been known to give proprietary applications higher ranking in the News Feed than those from external sources, e.g. Facebook Video vs YouTube, so you’ll probably get more traction that way.

You may also use Instagram as your platform in writing blog. Yes, that is possible. All you have to do is to unleash your creativity and think of a way on how you can make it even more engaging. But if you have limited followers, you can grow it easily when you buy Instagram likes.