Another option to give you a presence on the web is to set up a Group. A group will give you access to such things as a message board, chat room, photo album, calendar, polls, links pages etc that you can set up to present your chosen interest. The reason that these are called groups is that other people with similar interests can then sign up to belong to your group and contribute their own material and ideas to add to yours. As the group administrator you get to choose who can belong to the group and what they are allowed to do.
Depending on how you set up your group it can be way more interactive than any other form of web presence or you can restrict what others can do on the group and reserve the space to present your own material exclusively.
Just what features that are available for you to use with your group depends on which type of group that you sign up for. The main sites where you can obtain groups are Yahoo and MSN. Each of these has different features although both have some in common. Again like with blogs the service is provided "free" with the provider receiving their payment from the advertising that they place on your group.
Of course a group does not actually give you access to create web pages. What you can display on your group site will be determined by the setup of the group service and a lot of web site features cannot be added to a group. Of course when you are just starting out you wont even notice what the group setup is missing and so this will not be a factor.
A group provides you with the perfect opportunity to interact with others who share in your particular interest and provides many features and services that you do not get with a blog.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.