Windows Live Spaces is dead. Or terminally ill, with the plug to be pulled shortly. Long live WLS + WP.com. The links give you both accounts of the same story. WordPress, with Org and Com combined, is I believe, by far the most popular platform for bloggers. By how much differs according to what metrics you want to use. This, apparently, doubles the Dot Com user base. As a WordPress.com blogger, I see good and potential bad in there.
Firstly, I like what Microsoft is doing thesedays. The new Hotmail is a revelation. Their photo tools are top class. Integration with Facebook has lead me to reinstall Messenger. And the link up between WP and Windows Live may lead to some cool things. Providing that WordPress have the infrastructure to take on all those new users at once.
If you’re thinking of starting a blog, you’ve still got choice. My Opera has a great community, easy customisation and tends to gain more traffic than other platforms. WordPress.com is simple, clean and professional, but limited when it comes to add ons. No such limitations with Blogger, but Blogger blogs are usually less than professional looking. That’s a generalisation – those who really know their HTML etc, and those who leave the customisations alone produce nice enough blogs.
But Blogger commenting is frankly pathetic. I know. I’ve said it a million times before. But still. A blog with comments gives a writer the opportunity to start great, flowing conversations. Blogger’s comment systems does all it can to prevent it. I keep recommending Disqus, but no one listens.
The idea of replacing a buggy, half arsed, non threaded comment system with no positive social integration with a system which works, looks a million times better, lets conversations flow and integrates social networks is absolutely not on the cards! Even though it’s now as simple to implement as pressing a single button. Wake up Bloggerists! Seriously, it frustrates me. Because I read Blogger blogs, and I want to join in a conversation, and 9 times out of 10 (at least, probably more) I don’t comment because of the commenting system.
I can’t help it. When it comes to Blogger and the comments, I go off on a rant. And now I can’t remember what it was I was going to talk about. Such is life!