Influential Reading

I use Blogger. People tell me I should be on WordPress. Repeatedly. But I’m at a point now where a change would be far too inconvenient.

It got me thinking though, why does one choose a certain blogging platform over another? I think mine was simply because Julian Cole published on Blogger. He wrote the first blog I ever followed and therefore my natural choice was also Blogger.

Why do you blog with who you’re with?

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  • Micheil
    Posted at December 8, 2008 12:11am, 08 December Reply

    I currently blog with wordpress, as it suites my needs as a blogger, and had an array of templates that I liked the look of.

    Plus, it can be self hosted and managed. Blogger Can’t.

    (Yes, my first website was actually a blogger.)

  • Tannie
    Posted at December 8, 2008 7:16am, 08 December Reply

    I’m much the same as you. It was simply because you and Julian were. When you know know nothing theres not really much better to go on than what you consider the influence of experts of their field.

  • classymarketing
    Posted at December 8, 2008 9:36am, 08 December Reply

    I started off using Blogger, and then transferred to WordPress after almost a year. I found that wordpress had better features, and seemed to rank my blog much higher in google search than what blogger did…so it was a change I was happy with.

  • Adam
    Posted at December 8, 2008 11:59am, 08 December Reply

    My first dabbles were with travel blog sites, then Blogspot.

    When I bought my domain, I went with WordPress since I could host my own. It has super flexibility, as well as extensive open source templates and customisation.
    It’s the Firefox of the blogging world, and I’ve never looked back.

  • Rick Clarke
    Posted at December 8, 2008 9:18pm, 08 December Reply

    When I was starting my blog I looked into just about every free blogging service available. I’m pretty pedantic about it, and *all* of them had something that could potentially have been a deal breaker. Blogger’s major annoyances were the bar at the top (er… where’s your bar?), and the fact that all of the default layouts were either crap or majorly cliche (a result of Blogger being so populous). There were some other minor niggles which I can’t think of off the top of my head. threatened the possibility that it might occasionally display some ads on my blog, which may have caused my blog to implode under the irony. Also, I didn’t fall in love with any of the layouts.

    Tumblr, well it doesn’t have a built in commenting system, but that issue was relatively easily surmountable. Also, I fell in love with the simplicity of it, and I really liked the particular design I chose, too. Other blogs just seem a bit cluttered to me often, Tumblr couldn’t possibly be more simple if it tried. And no ads, no banners or bars, nothing.

  • Kate
    Posted at December 8, 2008 10:28pm, 08 December Reply

    I use blogger because I use Google. Simple as that. I sign in once, do everything, and trust that everything will work as I expect it to. God save Google. (And Google is God… well they know everything about me anyway!)

  • Nathan Bush
    Posted at December 8, 2008 10:43pm, 08 December Reply

    I’m the same as Kate – I am Google’s bitch.

  • Zac Martin
    Posted at December 8, 2008 10:45pm, 08 December Reply

    @ Rick

    Custom template means you can remove it, although I didn’t code it so I’m not sure how sorry!

    @ Kate and Nathan

    I think we’re all Google’s bitch!

  • MrTruffle
    Posted at December 9, 2008 6:02am, 09 December Reply

    I use Moveable Type because I like the power to control the templates. Plus I run mutiple blogs and I can do that all from the one login with one MT install.

    I used to use blogger but I found the interface too limiting.

    You’re best using what ever is easiest. You don’t want to use a system too complicated for for its own good.

    Oh as for wordpress I use that too for another blog and I find it annoying. I think Moveable Type is much sexier in both functionality and admin.

  • Jon
    Posted at December 29, 2008 11:34am, 29 December Reply

    I had a bugger of a time converting from Blogger to WordPress (after a years worth of posts) but I can say it was worth it. There’s more plug ins, more control and you and schedule posts (great for when you are away).

    Blogger is simpler but you can’t do as much.

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