Weinstein said that even a complete Internet novice could create a blog by using a site like www.blogger.com, where a person can make a few choices from a menu and, voilà, a free blog is created. He said that another popular free blogging site can be found at www.livejournal.com.
He said such sites generally put ads on the blogs that they help create, which is how they make money. Weinstein said that if an author wanted a bit more control over a blog, it would take a little more know-how and money - but not much.
"I just downloaded software called Moveable Type, which is free for noncommercial use," he said. "I then uploaded it to some computer space that I rent for about $10 a month from a company called Dreamhost.com, followed the instructions that come with Movable Type to get it running, paid $7 to register the yankeefog.com name, and I was off."
他接着说：“我只是下载了一个供非商业用途者免费使用的软件——Moveable Type。然后将这个软件上传到我以每月10美元从Dreamhost.com网站租来的电脑空间上，按照Moveable Type软件配备的使用说明来运行它，再支付7美元注册yankeefog.com的域名，这样便完成了。”
"I didn't need to do any actual programming, but I did need to be at least a little comfortable with uploading and downloading files," he said.
Two other blog fans, Freek Staps and his girlfriend, Claudia van Rouendal, created one just after moving from the Netherlands to New York last September. "In the first place, it is mainly to keep our mothers up to speed," Staps said. "We've made it clear that our blog is for friends and family only.”
"We even installed a clock so that everyone always knows what time it is in New York and we got a lot of positive reaction."
"One thing we didn't expect," Staps added, "is that now people are using our blog as a way of keeping in touch with each other. So friends keep in touch through postings on our blog rather than through e-mail."
Van Rouendal added that to keep the blog interesting for friends and family, they sometimes post a picture of a celebrity they have spotted in New York City. Then ask if anyone can recognize the person and allow readers to comment on the photo.
A friend of Staps's who lives in Holland, Peter Laigten, said he enjoyed reading the blog, adding that it made him feel closer to Staps. "I read the stories about what they are doing, and a friend and I post comments on the site and jokes as well," Laigten said. "Then Freek can read what we are saying about him and about what he's doing."