Us bloggers have these thoughts and sometimes we'll even externalise them into a blog post, a forum post or (even!) a 'real life' discussion. I decided to bring together a group of bloggers of different genres and experience together to understand what Australian Bloggers think as a community, of themselves and of others, their relationships with brands, PR's, blogger platforms and few other things... stay tuned each fortnight..!
Now for those who attended Blogopolis on the weekend this was a little bit of a hot topic - I'm sure I wasn't the only blogger-using-blogger in the room who felt a little 'snubbed' (I'm a big girl, don't worry I'm over it!) Seriously though, there does seem to be a little bit of elite-ism over the WordPress platform, and whilst I have not used it enough to form an informed view I'm not sure if it's warranted. I do know it gets under a lot of non-wordpress users' skin.
With the commenting and outage issues in blogger of late I am unsurprised by the massive migration over to WordPress. I was considering a move, but am told Blogger will be releasing some fabulous and much improved functionality with the upcoming release of 'Google Blogs'. Blogger, please redeem yourself soon!
Today I have a dozen bloggers who tell me what blogging platforms they are on, and why and the Pros and cons of their platform:
Platform: WordpressWhy? I was originally on Blogger, but when I bought my domain name I moved to Wordpress because it seemed to be the easier option for self hosting.Pros: I love that it is so customisable and that almost anything you want to do you can achieve by plugin. I also love that it can be utilised as a content management system, not just as blogging software. I much prefer the commenting system on Wordpress.Cons: It does take awhile to wrap your head around and I have spent hours trying to tweak some small thing and playing around with the css to do something that would probably take a designer or coder all of about 5 seconds. It lacks the community that Blogger has and that's a real shame.Zoey, Good Goog [personal, parenting] [2 years blogging]
Why? Google search funnily enough! Then I discovered the bloggers I loved used Blogger so I knew I was onto something OK
Pros: Easy to use, using blogpress I can blog anywhere
Cons: Can't reply to comments individually
Amelia, Wedding, babies Everything [family] [9 months blogging]
Platform: WordpressWhy? Started OHB on Blogger because it is free and it grew and grew. Swapped over to WP and our own domain about 2 -3 years ago. It is much more flexible, easy to use, regular updates, great interface, fast and easy to use AND, not clunky! Cradle - WPPros: Everything - flexible, light, easy to use, reliable, great developer communityCons: None really
Frank - Our Hiking Blog,[outdoors/hiking] and Cradle Mountain [tourism] [8 years blogging]
Platform: BloggerWhy? It was easy to use and I set up a blog in under an hour when I was a week overdue with keira.Pros: It's easy to use and I tried self hosted wordpress but found it trickier. I'm not good at the IT stuff.Cons: I'd probably like more gadgets that I could add to my blog and change my layout a bit more so it looked less 'bloggy' and more 'websitey'. They are real words btw.Corrie - Retro Mummy [craft, family] [5 years blogging]
Why? Pure luck, most blogs I visited were Typepad or blogger - I just decided to go potluck with Typepad
Pros: Simple to navigate and straight forward for posting and loading photos onto. Typepad is just that.
Cons: Actually I'm very happy with Typepad!
Melissa, One Crafty Mumma [craft,family] [5 years blogging]
Why? I choose Blogger simply because it is very user friendly. You don’t need to know any coding etc to be able to use it.
Pros: As above I love that it is so user friendly.
Cons: I dislike that there have been problems some user being unable to comment of late. Other than that I have no real critisms, but I would like a reply feature in the comments section but I am under the impression that they are working on that.
Amy, MahliMoo [craft, parenting] [6 months blogging]
Platform: WordPressWhy? I did a blog training course in 2007 with a very successful blogging entrepreneur. He suggested if I wanted to take blogging seriously…there was not a choice. Wordpress is the industry standard according to him.Pros: Ease of use, customisable, ample plugins for extra features.Cons: To be honest I can’t really think about anything. Only possible issue is most web designers/tech guys I know think the code is awful and all the extra plugins can easily cause coding issues.
Platform: BloggerWhy? It's easy to follow and connect with via google - whether it be fellow Blogspot bloggers, or those with a gmail accountPros: I originally started on Tumblr, but realised I couldn't participate in the Aussie blogging community as easily as Blogger allows.Cons: I've not had any issues with it thus far.Stacey, Veggie Mama [food, parenting] [18 months blogging]
Why? I had worked with wordpress doing some marketing for a small business and they were using it as a backend for their website. I also just knew it as a free blogging platform
Pros: find it very easy to use, it's pretty intuitive and it lets you preview what your blog will look like when it is published
Cons: because it is wordpress.com and not .ORG there are a few different widgets that work on one and not the other. Wordpress.com does not allow java script to be used either so this can be a problem if you are trying to add a badge or image that someone has provided for you.
Caitlin - Chasing Cait [Fashion, Beauty] [9 months blogging]
Platform: BloggerWhy? Was familiar with it from a lot of other blogs I read, was ill informed of othersPros: Don't have to be an IT expert to start a blog, sure helps if you know a bit, but it can all be learn't as you go.Cons: OutagesMandy, A little space like home [personal, parenting] [6 months blogging]
Platform: WordPressWhy? My first developer steered me in that direction - best accidental business decision I ever made!Pros: The ease of adding and removing different apps or plugins that mean I can make changes and enhancements without the need to learn too much HTML or CSS editing.Cons: Nothing - love WordPressNikki, Styling You [Fashion, beauty] [3 years blogging]
Platform: BloggerWhy? am squarely in the technically challenged camp, and Blogger seemed to be the easiest one to get started on straight away.Pros: It remains easy to use.Cons: Ah, let me count the ways. My chief dislikes would be:Little choice in templates, Templates don’t have the same fresh, clean professional look as Wordpress, Fewer plug-ins than WordpressJenny, Let the Children Play [Education] [21 months blogging]
What do you think about particular blogging platforms? Are you passionate one or the other? If you're a reader do you care? Would you consider moving your blog to another platform? What would make you choose to?
If you are interested in taking part in this series as a blogger in either the technology, travel or sports arenas or a PR please don't hesitate to email me!
Print this post in friendly format