Someone told me that it was about time that I got myself a proper domain name for my blog and move away from Blogspot and Blogger. According to him, getting a dot com or dot net or dot whatever for your blog and hosting it somewhere, means that you take blogging seriously, in other words, have taken "the big step forward."
To illustrate his point, he pointed out that all famous Malaysian bloggers including Kenny, Minishorts, Peter Tan, had unique domain names for their blogs.
However, I beg to disagree.
First of all, I do take blogging seriously.
I already own a few domain names and I don't think getting one for my blog is a good idea. You have to pay for the domain names and the hosting, annually, biannually or whatever annually depending on your choice. Unlike some people, I am surving on a paltry government employee salary.
On the other hand, hosting on Blogger is totally free and comes with great features. It is also owned by Google, which I don't think is going to go out of business soon. As Google grows, so will Blogger. For example, we can now add Google adsense ads to our blog straightaway.
I also don't have the time or the patience to mess around with Wordpress or Movable Type or some other blog software. I am not an IT guy and don't like to trouble people to help me with the template codes, blah, blah or deal with some customer service guy in the hosting company who treats you like an idiot because you don't know how the codes work.
I prefer the Blogger templates, ready made, which I can tweak a little from time to time.
If I have any problem, I am sure I can contact any of the guys in Blogger to help me out. It's a proven fact: they helped famous Singapore blogger Wendy put her blog up after it was hacked??? And as you may realise, it is hosted with Blogger too.
Not all famous Malaysian bloggers have a dot com or dot net or dot whatever. Actually, I think Lucia pointed that out sometimes back. I can name several famous Malaysian blogs hosted on Blogger:
Afdlin Shauki, Yasmin Ahmad, Sultan Muzaffar and of course Lim Kiat Siang
And talking about unique domain names, I assure you guys that there is only one blog with the url http://ok-lah.blogspot.com in the Whole World Wide Web.