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bakicisns: easy to use blogging sites?

The abbreviation stands for "because all knowledge is contained in social networking sites".

My dad has been living on his own for the first time in 50 years, since my mom recently had to go into a memory care facility. When they were together, his cooking repertoire was mostly limited to barbecue. Now he is turning cooking into a hobby and I'm really proud of him. I suggested that he start a blog, "Learning to cook at 77" and he seems interested.

He uses a Mac and is fairly computer-savvy, but I think a simple blog would be best. Which blogging site/software is easiest to use, in your opinion? I don't think he would need the privacy features of LJ or Dreamwidth, but he might need comment-spam management. The cost should be no more than $50/year.

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apis_mellifera
Dec. 13th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Wordpress.com is turn-key and free (there are pay options, too, but the basic packages is free). They have really good anti-spam measures in place and the interface is pretty easy to use, IMO.
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elissaann
Dec. 13th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I have my blog at wordpress (http://elissaweiss.wordpress.com/). It's super-easy to use, and free! I have to approve all comments.

dr_brat
Dec. 13th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
This might be useless and doesn't really answer your question, but my 89 year old father is on Facebook and seems to enjoy it quite a bit.

I know there are some security issues with Facebook, but frankly, I don't put anything anywhere on the web with the expectation that it won't ever be used in ways I didn't intend.
zeborahnz
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
I use Blogger and it's dead easy. For me it's even easier than Wordpress but then I'm more familiar with it than with Wordpress so I don't really know. Both are well-known as easy sites; I get the feeling that some people rate Wordpress blogs as more authoritative sort of so if it's not just a personal blog then that might be the way to go.
lisa_marli
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
My daughter loves Blogger. She had a pretty easy time of setting it up, and with 4 boys in the house, that says a lot. :)
tedesson
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
nutrimirror.com, though not a traditional blogging site, is both easy to use, and has a supportive community of adults, some of whom are similar in age to your dad.

Plus, I've found it useful for making sure I eat right.

I had no idea I wasn't getting nearly enough iron till I started using it.
mdlbear
Dec. 14th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Don't overlook LJ (or one of the related sites like dreamwidth) -- it's free, easy to use, and connected to a community.

If other family members are on a service like Facebook, go with that.
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