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I want to start writing a programming blog and that way to market myself in addition to CVs.

Can you recommend me good site that will be easy to start a blog and it has a high light syntax functionality built in.

saw blogger and wordpress.com and not sure were to get started payed sites can be an option too.

Thanks for help.

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One of the things you should put considerable care on is your grammar and your readability. I still consider The Elements of Style (goo.gl/0NyCr) to be the fundamental reference. –  Apalala Apr 15 '11 at 19:35
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OT, but I think EoS has held back english grammar and style for generations. It's full of nonsensical, tautological or just plain wrong "rules". –  Rein Henrichs Apr 15 '11 at 19:39
    
@Rein As much can be said about almost any system of rules (as Goedel proved). But one flawed set of rules upon which you can improve is orders of magnitude (infinitely?) better than no system at all. –  Apalala Apr 15 '11 at 21:12
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This is not what Gödel proved at all. Not even close. It is a particular pet peeve of mine when his beautiful proof is cargo culted to mean things it does not. Also a false dichotomy: EoS or no system at all is not exhaustive. What about the CMOS? There are quite a few options besides EoS and most of them are superior. –  Rein Henrichs Apr 15 '11 at 21:16

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Both blogger and wordpress provide for syntax highlighting, and they both know how to import content from the other, so you can start with either one. They both allow you to use your own domain at no charge. They both allow content backups.

In my experience, Blogger is easier to set up, so I start with that for new blogs.

Remember that the challenge for a successful blog is to provide quality content on a regular (even predictable) basis. The framework can be whatever once you get into writing regularly.

The Python Module of the Week was written manually in RST plus automation tools because it was published as a blog, as online magazine articles, and finally as a book. But the author did know how to/had the will to publish a complete post every week.

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http://www.codeproject.com/ or http://www.programmersheaven.com/ are an alternative to Wordpress/Tumblr/Blogger/Your Own Website/etc.

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Your choices boils down to these considerations

  • Blogger being part of Google has more affinity and priority in search/ page ranking.
  • Word press has been around for a good while with a lot of people developing customized plugins more features. It has a wide range of choice's in terms of design and customizations to make your blog seem very professional.
  • You can always get a custom domain name for your blog to make it seem more professional.
  • But few of the things such as syntax hi lighter and the various other nifty customizations you will have to make an effort in integrating them to your blog. In either of the two choices.
  • Most important thing to consider is how much time and effort you are willing to invest in it.
  • The benefits are directly proportional to your effort.
  • You might be better of making your own website/blog hosting it developing with html5 or such.To add your blog as a piece of your online portfolio. But this assumes you are interested in showing a web developer skill set.
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+1 b/c you actually answered his question. –  Tyanna Apr 15 '11 at 18:36
    
+1, any of the major sites will do the job, choosing between them is an unimportant decision in the grand scheme of things, and something you should do as quickly as possible, so you can get on with writing. –  Carson63000 Apr 15 '11 at 22:05
    
I did start a blog for the similar reasons as the OP.I chose blogger for reasons of it being easier to SEO.Thus serving the purpose early for my efforts. –  Aditya P Apr 16 '11 at 0:52

Get your own domain. If it is a professional type of site then pick a professional name. I use wordpress that comes with my hosting package. It is very easy and has loads of plugins (syntax highlighting and automatic publishing to twitter and facebook).

You can usually get a cheap hosting package for 10-15 dollars a month. If you are using this as a tool for your profession then it is worth the $100 a year in my opinion.

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$10/month * 12 months/year == $120/year > $100/year –  compman Apr 15 '11 at 19:04
    
I was rounding... –  webdad3 Apr 15 '11 at 19:10

Do it on your own website, in compliant html, under your own name (not night walker). For example, if your name is Vladimir Draco, get vladimirdraco.com or .info (cheaper) and get a cheap vps hosting for a few dollars a month, and put your stuff there. You don't need RSS (who uses RSS these days?) but you do need to use twitter, and every time you write something on your site, you tweet about it.

It makes backing up the site and moving to a new host very easy (just files and no DB).

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@Christopher Mahan I am not a web programmer and have no idea how to start a web site. I am a database programmer. –  Night Walker Apr 15 '11 at 18:28
    
site like www.tumblr.com will be a good idea ? i can add there a my own webaddress –  Night Walker Apr 15 '11 at 18:31
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Lots of people use RSS these days... –  Daniel DiPaolo Apr 15 '11 at 18:38
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@Christopher Mahan I don't feel this answers his question. Getting your own domain and making your own site might cost more time and money for someone just starting a blog. I'd say start looking for a third party blogging site that has good migration tools. Then when you're ready for your own site, migrate your posts over. –  Tyanna Apr 15 '11 at 18:39
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Bad advice. Writing a blog engine is an excellent way to ensure that you don't have any free time to write any blog posts. –  Carson63000 Apr 15 '11 at 22:04

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