2 free tools to monitor your website and alert you to problems:
I set up the one with Uptime Robot listed in the article. It allowed me to add all three of my sites. If all sites are running ok, no email will be sent.
Have you thought about how much text and how much visual you need on a post? This article gives many details about the pros and cons of each:
Too busy to write the content for your blog? What do you need to know before hiring someone to write for you?
What is a site map? And, why you need it.
20 inexpensive or free ways to market your blog:
What to do after you write a blog post: