This blog is still powered and hosted by Google's Blogger. But I decided it was time to get my own domain name. Unfortunately BradLinder.com was taken, so I settled on BradLinder.net.
Having never purchased a domain before, I spent some time checking out a number of sites. I was about to use GoDaddy, which promised to register the domain for $7.99 per year. Not bad. But just before I checked out, I was informed that it would cost about twice that if I wanted to keep my information private. Not that I mind terribly much if the public has my phone number or email address, but I'd rather not get added to spam lists.
So I dug around a little bit more, and found a handy post on domain registration at the Time To Budget blog. I decided to check out iPowerWeb and found out that I could get my domain for $6.50 per year and free privacy services were included. Today I managed to get Blogger to associate my blog with my new domain.
If you're using blogger though, there's one thing to keep in mind. Google's instructions tell you to create a CNAME record for your domain associating it with ghs.google.com. While this looks like a simple thing to do with iPowerWeb's tools, it's not. I needed to email customer support and have them add the CNAME record for me.
It takes a few days before the new domain is active, but once it is you can go into Blogger's settings panel, click Publishing, and then click the link that lets you switch to a custom domain. Now all you have to do is enter your new domain name instead of something.blogspot.com and you're all set.