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Question about blogging platforms

I've been playing around with the idea of starting a blog that was more professionally (rather than fannishly) oriented, and I've been investigating different blogging platforms. Does anyone have strong opinions on the merits of blogger.com v. wordpress.com? (I'm definitely not doing it on LJ or Vox, because I want it to be completely removed from my fannish identity).

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mecurtin
Jan. 28th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
There are more and better ways to handle comments on WP than on blogger. Blogger comments often involve Haloscan, which makes the baby jesus cry.
norwich36
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
That's good to know. (It amazes me how none of the major blog-hosting sites has the ability to thread comments, though. What's up with that?)
tyffi
Jan. 28th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
I'd go for WordPress. I'm using this for my website and while coding is kinda mean, the service itself is great.

Then again, I have a huge issue with blogger, since their service simply sucks. Two years ago, someone was copying the content of my journal over at blogger.com, and when I asked them to investigate the case their answer was basically "Get yourself a lawyer, but don't bother us." :-/

I really like WordPress. It's nice, easy (more or less) and you have a trizillion of option when it comes to add ons. Blogger... well, see above.
norwich36
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Yikes! That's ridiculous, that they wouldn't take action. That's good info to have, though.
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norwich36
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Thank you--that's all very good information to know.
cathexys
Jan. 28th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
I like my wordpress account. As much as I can like anything with only one icon, no selective flock, and no threaded comments (though, I think if you use your own server you can add comment thread software).
norwich36
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
What is *up* with the lack of threaded comments on other blogsites? I mean, seriously? It's so inefficient!

(And the lack of flock is ok with me, since the whole purpose of the blog would be to be public--but it is true that in many ways we are spoiled by LJ).

Thanks for the advice. It's looking like wordpress by a landslide.
rsadelle
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Hmmm. You have me actually looking at them now instead of just vaguely remembering they exist. Your friends (so far) seem to like wordpress, but they're the ones who don't allow ads. (Which I care about even if you don't!)
norwich36
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
When I was just googling around to see what was out there, I found these links helpful:

http://www.technologyevangelist.com/2008/05/choosing_a_blogging.html
http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/02/15/choosing-a-blog-platform/
http://www.blogher.com/choosing-blogging-platform

I don't think I actually want ads, except in the unlikely scenario that I become She-ra TopBlogger. I think Typepad may also let you have ads (?) but you have to pay to use the site.
rsadelle
Jan. 28th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
I love the one with the flowchart! That last "How do you feel about Google? Love/Hate" could be "Do you want ads? Yes/No" and get you to the same places, which is kind of where I am. Theoretically writing should be a source of income for me, and I'm willing to have Google ads on my professional blog to that end - and I don't want to pay to do it (either with Typepad or with hosting it myself). I also checked out the export options - ideally I'll become rich enough off of writing that I can afford to move it to its own hosted server.

I've been thinking about what I read regularly, and the blogs I read that aren't either LJs or hosted on their own servers are mostly on Blogger/Blogspot.
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