What is a blog?
The word ‘blog’ is derived from the term ‘web log’ which is a collection of frequently updated articles posted on a website, usually in descending chronological order. Read the Wikipedia’s definition of a blog here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog.

Why would I want a blog?
People all over the world use blogs as a means of communicating their thoughts, opinions, rants, raves, ramblings, and general news. They are often used to air political views, review computer technology, review movies or music, or to keep friends and family up to date on the latest happenings in your life.

What do I need to sign up?
As Blogtown NZ is for Kiwis only, the first requirement is that you are currently residing in New Zealand. If that’s the case, all you need to sign up is a valid email address and a username of your choice. Your username also forms part of your blog address like so: http://username.blogtown.co.nz.

How does it work?
Blogtown NZ provides each of its members with their own personal blog built on the famous WordPress software. Each blog can be customised with a range of themes and each member has access to 20MB storage to store photos, videos or other files.

What is WordPress?
From the WordPress website: “WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.”

What other features does Blogtown NZ provide?
As Blogtown NZ is built on the hugely popular WordPress software, we provide all of the features available to most blog sites. Read more about the features of WordPress here: http://WordPress.org/about/features/.

Blogtown is free, so what’s the catch?
There’s no catch! To cover costs of running the site, discrete ads are placed on each page advertising sites relevant to the content of that page. The ads are text-only and have been designed to blend into the site, to prevent from being an eye-sore.

Who formed Blogtown NZ?
Blogtown NZ was created by Stuart Maxwell in September 2005, after seeing the blogging market take off around the world. He wanted to provide Kiwis with a free, easy-to-use platform so that they too can join in the blogging craze.