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Insert the name of your blog or personal web pages in place of "myblog" in the above examples.
Having your own domain name looks a lot more professional than does "piggybacking" onto someone else's domain name. I suspect that most bloggers would prefer to use custom domain names, be it "www.myblog.com" or whatever name they choose. Many blogging services allow you to use your own custom domain name in place of the default name.
Another huge advantage is that you can also have an easy-to-remember email address that uses your own unique domain name. Using a custom email address also allows you to later change ISPs (or mail hosts) without having to change your address. What happens to your present email address if you move or otherwise need to switch email providers? What happens if you use an email address provided by your employer but later retire, change employers, or get laid off?
Which would you rather use for an email address?
Insert the name of your blog in place of "myblog" in the above example.
A permanent email address that you control works much better, especially if you want people to find you in the future with genealogy information you asked about years earlier in email lists and in online message boards. As they said in the movie Men in Black, it's "the last suit you'll ever wear".
If you already have a domain name for non-blogging activities, you can add a blog to the existing web site without installing any software. For instance, I already owned www.eogn.com, so I created a new blog on TypePad.com and mapped it to blog.eogn.com. This allows me to publish a blog under my own domain name while keeping the rest of the site on a separate web server. "www.eogn.com" points to one web server in Houston while "blog.eogn.com" points to a different web server in San Francisco. Most visitors are unaware of the difference.
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