After careful consideration, I decided to assign my blog its own .com domain name—www.brianreeseblogs.com
A quick Q&A:
Q: Why move your blog to its own domain?
A: Two reasons: An attempt to reach a wider audience. Many search engines crawl actual domains rather than a sub-domain like .blogspot.com. Moreover, Google technically owns all content on its blogspot.com addresses, so having your own domain name gives the writer more flexibility and control. Google hosts my .com for free.
Q: Will http://brianreese.blogspot.com still work?
A: Yes, using my old Blogger domain automatically redirects you to www.brianreeseblogs.com
Q: Why can’t I just type in brianreeseblogs.com? It won’t work!
A: This involves the domain company (GoDaddy.com) attempting to resolve a glitch with Google Blogger. At the moment I can’t find a reliable way to automatically have both work—it has to do with the host failing to ping them properly. For now, you must have www in front of the domain for the site to work. I’ll let you know when it gets resolved.
Q: I want to switch my .blogspot to a .com, .net, etc. How do I do it?
A: Google Blogger gives decent directions in its “help” section. Just type in a search and walk through the steps. I paid GoDaddy.com $45 for my own domain name for five years. There are a ton of add on opportunities (advertising, email, PayPal, etc), but for now, since my blog is not monetized, I didn’t feel the need to add any extras.