Friday, April 23, 2010

Mick's Answers to Rona's Questions — Part 2

What blogging platforms (Blogspot, Typepad, Wordpress, etc.) have you tried, and which do you like best, for what reasons?

I've been a Blogger guy from the beginning, though I am about to do some experimenting with Wordpress, and suspect that I'll come to love it, as a seasoned blogger who, after years, is seeking a little more granular control over my blog.

BUT! Blogger has some profoundly winning features:
  • It's free.
  • It's unbelievably easy to set up. You can quite literally have a functioning blog in five minutes. No, really.
  • Since it's a property of Google, you can be reasonably well assured that your blog is going to get preferred treatment in searches on Google. That shouldn't be underestimated, if you're wanting to build traffic. Also, Google seems dedicated and invested in Blogger. There is a wealth of help and FAQs to be found directly within the Blogger webapp.
  • Their dashboard interface for blogging is absolutely adequate for a huge population of folks. And if you want to add content that for some reason isn't supported, there's usually a browser extension that will let you do whatever it is you're wanting to do. Or you can tweak the code to directly embed things you want on your blog.
  • Did I mention that it's free?

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