There’s a ton of options when choosing a blogging platform. Only two of them are serious options as far as I’m concerned – WordPress.com and Blogger. All the others have issues which render them, for the time being, as non starters. I currently use WordPress.com. But I am pondering a move back to Blogger, which I used from 2007 until 2009. You can monetise blogs. I earned about US$20,000 from 2007 through to early 2010. That’s not to be sniffed at. You can’t monetise WordPress though. Not easily or cheaply, anyway. I do have some thoughts on Blogger.
- Blogger has matured a lot since I left in 2009. A lot of good changes. But it still lacks the professional feel you get from WordPress.com. They have all the features and ease of use right. Why does it have to look so Orange and blocky though? It’s like EasyJet got into hosting. EasyJet is cheap and no frills. When the competition is also cheap but has the frills, you’re not offering a comparable product.
- I am moving more and more into the Google-sphere. But virtually all of their products have elements that turn me off. And they are almost always basic, common sense elements. Like Google+ photos, which load all my albums – painfully slowly. Too much excess and fat going into all that coding. Google is becoming more like Microsoft everyday. Empire of bloatware. Which is ironic, because Microsoft is becoming more like Google (or what Google used to be) every day. Clean and lean.
- If I want to swap from WordPress.com to Blogger, I need to import my blog into Blogger. It can be done easily from Blogger into Google. Yet the only tool that exists to do it the other way round is WordPresstoBlogger. Which has been around for ages. And will only convert a 1mb blog. Unless you want to play with the self hosted version. Pft. You’d have thought that after all these years, Blogger would have created an import utility.
- WordPress.com is clever. They use a ton of shortcode to embed stuff. So if you do manage to export it somewhere else, massive chunks of your content is broken. Blogger needs to recognise WordPress shortcode. Else developing an import tool is a futile gesture.
- I was Blogger’s ‘Blogger of Note‘ back in early 2009. Because they pointed to my domain, garydenness.co.uk – which I took to WordPress with me – I still get a lot of traffic from them. Which I think is quite funny. They’re be better off linking to the underlying blogspot address and avoid promoting the opposition.