As I struggled this week with Blogger acting very slowly for me I decided to express my woes to the ever knowledgeable Open mailing list, whom without fail returned with backup and alternative suggestions. I never realised the wealth of free blogging options available out there. Most will provide you with your own user.service.com URL and a decent enough publishing system like wordpress.com and blogger.com but I also was informed that our good friends in Ireland (Hosting 365) are offering a very nice free blogging package to anyone who wants to point their domain at Hosting365’s servers. They offer WordPress as a publishing platform and a no-nonsense hosting package including 100MB of space which, for most bloggers is more than enough. The big win here though is being able to use your own domain instead of a user.service.com URL and avoid any ugly navigation bars across the top of your blog a la Blogger. Nice one guys!