Can’t I just use Facebook for my blog?

Recently a friend asked:

I want to set up a website to notify people about an upcoming race. Someone suggested a blog because I could add the content myself. Can I just use the “Notes” function in Facebook?

Here’s what I think:

If your blog is a one time, use-it-and-lose-it thing.. then tying it to FaceBook or Gmail, or even your local internet provider, isn’t a necessarily bad idea. It’s not a great one.. but not horrible either.

However, you can’t control when that other provider will decide to stop the service, like Google did with its video conferencing education product (WAVE) it released a while ago.

Often you can’t control the code or tags that will help people find you.

I’ve seen at least one site where when it does show up in Google results, the information listed with the link is an ad for the provider’s site and not the actual site!

So make your own blog on your own host. Tie the posts to your Facebook page for sure!
But be the boss of your information, not the other way around.

And now I’ll shut up about it!

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