Free blog sites seem like a good deal because they don’t cost anything. But when you use a free website you’re putting all of your work on to a site that you don’t actually own and that you have no control over.
Instead of putting all of your work on someone else’s website it’s easy to get a website/blog that’s all your own.
With your own site you’ll have complete control of your blog and you’ll have full access to all of your content and data. Think about that for a moment. What happens if a free site shuts you down and you can’t get your data back?
With a free site your work can disappear any time since someone else runs the site. When you have your own site you have control over it and you may do whatever you want since you set your own rules.
To get your own site all you need is a standard web hosting account. They’re inexpensive and come with the full WordPress software included. You may get a quality web hosting plan for just a few dollars per month. Most people spend way more each month on coffee.
I like web hosting accounts from a quality host with fast servers and responsive tech support. All of the features — like SSL/HTTPS to have the “green padlock” on your site — are included with no extra charges. Plus helpful service and support any time you need it.
BTW, there are some sneaky hosts out there like BlueHost/HostGator (they’re the same company using different names, ugh) that sell cheap plans with lots of hidden fees! Watch out for those kinds of shenanigans and start with a quality host right from the beginning.