Journal Home: The New Kid on the Blog

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JournalHome.com has officially launched its site. Journal Home provides free blog hosting for members.

JournalHome.com has officially launched. Journal Home is an online blog hosting service, supplying members with free blog space for their personal online journals or public blogs. For the past few weeks Journal Home has unofficially opened its virtual doors, allowing new members to sign up and test the waters, without any advertisements. This is now a thing of the past as they have now officially launched their new blogging platform. The ease of use is what sets Journal Home apart from its rivals. Journal Home has a very user-friendly interface and member area. There are over 25 different templates to choose from. Features include privacy settings, RSS/XML feeds, mailing list, file uploads, blog server pings, friend manager, and complete control over your blog. You even have complete control over your template. If you know a little .html you can do wonders with re-creating the templates or you can choose from the standard 25+ templates readily available. They also offer an upgrade feature to get rid of the advertising on your blog. In the end it seems to be a great service.

The blogging generation has erupted in the last year and it is still gaining momentum. With so many other blog host, such as Blogger and LiveJournal, Journal Home has some ways to go before it grasps a tight grip on the market share. After speaking with the founder and owner of JournalHome.com, Ant Onaf, he explains how his late start has worked as an advantage. He says “I know that I got a late start in the blog hosting industry, but my shortcomings has allowed me to take a close look at my competitors from the outside looking in, and focus on the problems my competitors have had.” The most apparent problems Ant Onaf discusses are the unreliability of blog hosting networks, systems hanging, or crashing. He says “Blog hosting or blogging in general is considered fairly new, especially mainstream. Therefore, I believe many of my competitors were unaware of how strenuous blog hosting can be on their networks and did not take the needed precautions, therefore they experienced system failures. I have even seen blog host go out of business because of the added stress on their networks. Journal Home is aware of this problem and is prepared for the added traffic and stress on the network. I have taken the proper steps to prepare my systems and network, so that this will not become a problem in the future, at least not for Journal Home.”

Journal Home is a cozy simple blog platform, I asked what were the future plans? Ant Onaf responded “I don’t have any major developments or plans. I plan to take it day-by-day and continue to work with the backbone developers to make a better platform for my members, slowly and gracefully. I am not an overnight-success fanatic. I am simple and like things to take time. I believe in gradual growth. I expect Journal Home to be around for the long haul. I hope Journal Home is successful in the blog hosting industry and I will strive to make this a foreseeable reality. I believe everyone in the world should have a blog, an online home to express themselves publicly or privately, without extreme moderation. I will continue to live out and enforce that belief. I know Journal Home is not the best website on the web or the most creative, but its home. Journal Home is meant to be simple and plain. It is a place that members can come and write in their journals to share with the world or keep private. It is a place that members will be able to come to 10 years from now and see what they wrote about ‘today’. It is a place members can express themselves openly and clearly, while maintaining control of the discussions and direction of discussions. It is a place that members can share themselves, share their knowledge, share their skills, share their talents, and share their experiences. It is a place that members can keep their distant love ones in tune and up to date with daily activities. It is a place that members can have their own personal space on the web. It’s their Journal Home.”

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