A lot of scenario in my mind with "free" things around domain, hosting and email which is DNS.
There is many provider offer DNS management for free like :
these provider offer dns management that you can use for :
- Hosting your blog for free at awardspace, pointing your email at google apps plus other facility in google like gtalk etc.
- Hosting your blog in your own server, pointing your email at google apps
- Hosting your own email with free hosting from awardspace or other free hosting
Off course first scenario is the best, only need domain to start
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