# Who Here Blogs (not PF Blog) and Uses LaTeX?

1. Jan 28, 2012

I am interested in starting a Blog (not using PF Blog; nothing personal ) on Mechanical Engineering related things. I will need to have equations and such, preferably LaTeX. I know next to nothing about starting my own blog, but it seems I would have 2 options: 1) Use a free blog site like Google Blogger or 2) Buy my own website. Free seems like the better option especially since it will let me test drive things.

Does anyone here have any experience using a free blog site and rendering LaTeX graphics for free? I am not sure how this works and could use some suggestions. Thanks!

2. Jan 28, 2012

### Astronuc

Staff Emeritus
Apparently many folks use Google's blog service
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogger_(service [Broken])

www.blogspot.com

Or one could contact one's ISP. I believe ours has a blog service. Otherwise, there are some organizations, perhaps ASME, that allow members to blog.

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3. Jan 28, 2012

I am leaning towards Blogger since I'm a Gmail fan already. It's just a matter of introducing LaTeX.

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4. Jan 28, 2012

### Ygggdrasil

5. Jan 29, 2012

### DaleSwanson

I have a blogger blog were I post random thoughts. I've used mathjax for posts that contain math. It was fairly easy to set up and works well.

6. Jan 29, 2012

### diazona

Blogger and Wordpress are the largest blogging sites. Blogger doesn't have any particular relation to Gmail, except that it happens to be maintained by the same company. In general, they're probably equivalent. You can get LaTeX working on either one.

There are many slightly smaller blog sites like LiveJournal and Tumblr. I would imagine a lot of them support (or can be made to support) LaTeX.

7. Jan 29, 2012

### jhae2.718

MathJax is awesome.

8. Jan 29, 2012

Wow! I knew that we used MathJax at PF, but I had no idea how many applications they had! Gmail, Gchat ... I think I will test drive Blogger with MathJax. Thanks folks!

9. Feb 5, 2012

Well....MathJax is giving me a lot of problems. In Blogger, if I add a new page, I have to make sure that I add

Code (Text):
<script type="text/x-mathjax-config">
MathJax.Hub.Config({tex2jax: {inlineMath: [['$','$'], ['\$$','\$$']]}});
</script> <script src="http://cdn.mathjax.org/mathjax/latest/MathJax.js?config=TeX-AMS-MML_HTMLorMML" type="text/javascript">
</script>
in the HTML view and there needs actually be some LaTeX source on the page before hitting preview, else the script seems to 'disappear.'

But that's not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that I will add a new page that has some regular text and LaTeX on it, everything will be working fine (i.e. preview looks good, published looks good). Then I go to edit and sometimes when I add new LaTeX it renders and other times it does not! No rhyme or reason to it.

Anyone else ever have this issue? It really sucks.