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This is important part. It's a scalable solution. I can stick my toe into water at no cost but some time and effort. I can be experimental. I can try new things. I can risk total failure with no risk to anything but my pride. But should my ideas prove to be popular - I can then smoothly upgrade to a professional grade service without losing any of my work!
At time of this writing, I'm using their blog solution [ http://graphictruth.bravenet.com ] as a backup system. My main site is down for server upgrades and being down is death. I'm awfully glad I was able to simply and easily set up a replacement blog where I could continue to write.
I've learned that it's best to have more than one string to my bow. And I'll tell you, I'm impressed enough with this blog engine that I will likely continue using it. It won't replace Graphictruth - but it will become a place I use regularly to speak of things that don't fit my flagship site. I'll continue to use their classifieds as well. Why? It's automated. It's administration is simpler than any solution I've found - and I can use ONE classified solution for any of my sites. I'm going to continue using their photo manager as well. Why? Because it allows me to remote-load; even gives me a url to copy and paste. It makes adding a photo to ANY blog painless and effortless. If photo is already uploaded, I don't even have to be at my home computer!
And that's real secret. It's fun to be an IT geek, it really is. But if there is a choice between creating platform and having content to put ON platform, content HAS to win! Tools like those found at Bravenet allow you to expand sorts of content, enrich your existing content and manage your site easily. Even from a web phone.
Send one of my eCards and see if this service might not just be your little viral marketing secret!
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Keep it clean, folks. No hate, no R or X, no obscene language.
Bob King is an author, writer, webmaster, poet and artist, not always in that order. He can be found at graphictruth.com most every day.