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So you love fashion. Like you really, really love fashion. But if shelling out the dough for FIDM or FIT doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards and if starting a clothing line from scratch feels like a pretty tall order, you’ve got to find other options. The best (and cheapest) of these? Starting a blog, of course! To help you out, I’ve rounded up a few of the best free blog sites right here.
Yes, I know that setting up a blog is a lot easier in theory than it is in practice. But once you figure out exactly what it is you want to blog about, it all comes together quite quickly. You don’t even need to hire a photographer to take all of your street style content anymore—just buy an inexpensive tripod and you’ll be golden. What it really comes down to is picking the best site to host your blog on. Not all sites are created equal, especially if you’re not a coding pro, but social media alone isn’t enough to get your name out there.
Lucky you, I’m giving you a leg up by pointing you in the direction of some of the best free blogging sites out there. These platforms are super intuitive to use and don’t require hours of painstaking work to make sure that everything looks exactly the way you want it to. Because let’s be honest—who has the time for all that?
It’s time to start channeling that main character energy, people! Grab your blue-light glasses, find a comfortable place to sit down and let’s get this show on the road. You’ll be a real-life Carrie Bradshaw in no time.
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Blogger is backed by Google, so I promise it’s trustworthy and reliable. It’s also incredibly easy to start using it, as it takes you step-by-step through creating your site. It also grants you access to helpful analytics tools so you can find your target audience in no time.
Medium is brought to you by the same people who launched Twitter, so it’s a great option if you’re just starting out and all about the text over visuals. This platform offers a distinct storytelling feel, so it’s best if you’re looking to create longer-form blog posts.
Penzu is loved because of its versatility. There are three types of journals for you to choose from, so find the one that best fits your needs. Pick from a Daily Diary that lets you right anytime and from anywhere, an Expressive Journal that keeps your innermost thoughts private, or a Travel Journal that lets you insert photos, tags and more. The platform can even send you emails so you never forget to write.
Definitely the most creative, modern and professional of the 10 platforms on this list, Squarespace is also the only semi-pricey option. But, it’ll also offer you some of the best results, period! Squarespace is free for a 14-day trial, then you can purchase affordable monthly packages to meet your needs if you fall in love.
A super-slick and modern platform, Svbtle feels more like a doodle pad than a proper blogging platform—in a good way. It has none of the distractions of a normal platform, so you can get down to writing without any of the complications.
By now, you’ve obviously heard of Tumblr. While you may have thought that the site was only for sharing photos or videos, there are tons of free themes that are designed for more text-heavy projects, too. If you’re something of a coding whiz, the themes are also pretty easy to customize in the backend for a one-of-a-kind feel.
Webs has a completely DIY interface that allows you to quite literally drag and drop all the pieces of your brand-new blog into place. The templates that it offers were created by pro designers, so your blog will look like you put a ton of effort into it—even if you didn’t.
Weebly features tons of unique and modern themes to start your blog off looking fresh. It also offers e-commerce options, a phone app for posting on the go and ways to easily link to your social media accounts. If you are looking to upgrade your blog at any time, there are a few inexpensive payment plans for you to choose from, too.
Wix features over 500 unique and very professional-looking templates that can easily be customized to keep your blog unique and different from everyone else’s. You can even add apps to your site, as well as an online store or links to your social media accounts. Plus, it even gives you a free domain name!
Another hugely popular platform, WordPress is super-flexible for anyone, whether you’re a blogger who loves to write or you moonlight as a photographer who wants to show off their portfolio. You can also upgrade and pay to get your own domain name. Like Tumblr, other WordPress users can see, like and reblog your posts, leaving you with the potential for more followers and a wider reach.