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I’ve been debating with my inner self for months now……..whether to have my own domain and host it somewhere……or to stick to this default WordPress. I love WordPress, so I believe i’ll use their tools even if I do get my own domain and hosting.

Now…the million dollar question is… (no, you don’t get the million dollar if you help me answer this question)…. is it better for me to start my own domain?

I’m asking this because most of my friends who own a blog (or few blogs) do have their own domain and hosting…..and well, I’m from IT background…so i’m supposed to be more adventurous than just stick to my default WordPress thingy. So, for those who already own their personal domains………do give me some pointers ya?

Pros

  • I can have my own domain name…www.alvinlim.name? er…www.alvinlim.com has been taken. =_= so much for having a ‘famous’ name……too many Alvin Lims around.
  • I will be able to avoid all my previous articles from being washed away……..just in case WordPress starts to hate me.
  • I can put some advertising stuff to earn…maybe RM 10 per month? Currently, WordPress doesn’t allow any form of advertising.
  • I get to prove that i AM indeed IT savvy……
  • I will be able to add some ‘cool stuff’…erm, like the one Jamy has in her blog…the top commentator thingy?

Cons

  • I will have to restart my Google ranking…….
  • I will have to use my own stats counter.……
  • I will have to find a good hosting service….get a domain name….which will cost me around RM 100-300 startup fees.
  • I have no idea how the visitors can use their existing wordpress login account to post comments….and not having to register themselves again.
  • I have to go through the entire installation process for WordPress, which I believe is not THAT hard…erm..right?

Let’s see…I believe most of the cons are coming from my Laziness. 😛 So, people, please advise. I know as a blogger……having your own domain name and your own SPACE (and not WordPress‘ space) is the first and most important thing to do. Well…if someone can just provide me with a proper instruction manual…? Just kidding, I can Google for it easily (but if anyone of you have such manuals…I don’t mind you know). Just let me know what are the nice tools, if there’s any. 🙂

Do feel free to teach this ‘blog noob’…or as Jamy would say, ‘dinosaur’ anything…especially things related to blogging 😛

p/s ….hope my bosses won’t see this….malu la, IT people ler.

p/s ….this posting proves something……..i’m a victim of our ‘spoon feeding’ education system 😛

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Offtrack a little….

I’ve started a new blog (with few friends) called The Life Frame. The new blog is something like a photo blog. My intention is to minimize wordings (less serious stuff…not like this blog), replacing them with interesting photos.

The selection of photos are quite random. 🙂

Do pay a visit to this blog whenever you’re free (or plan to escape a little from the forever serious Thinker blog).

Thanks!

Here’s the link – http://lifeframe.blogspot.com 

Greetings people,

Need a little help here. Do you think the title of the blog “Alvin Lim – The Thinker” sounds fine or is there any other better title I can put? I’m having a bit of writer’s block here…. can’t think of a proper title.

Hopefully after seeing the content of this blog and the direction I am heading, someone out there can post a comment or two to suggest a proper title for this blog. Would appreciate any help 🙂 Thanks !

For all of you entrepreneurs wannabe (including myself), do check out Susan’s post about “What I’m looking for in a business plan…. “. She’s a VC (Venture Capitalist) and I find the post pretty helpful. Hope it helps for the rest of you.

Cheers !