When I first started to blog the biggest question we had is what blogging platform to go with. Blogger, WordPress, or then Xanga. Since 2009 I have seen a lot of changes in the online world take place, Xanga which I loved is gone, but they promoted bloggers and blogging content and I had several of my articles featured.
Blogger/Blogspot, owned by Google is rather unfriendly to blog with. At first my partner and I really liked that we could both be logged into Blogger or Blogspot at the same time and working with out issue. We also liked the fact that we could change templates, themes etc on a regular basis with little effect on us as individuals. In reality Blogger much like Google doesn’t work with all blogs and hasn’t stayed up to date with times. That said even though, as bloggers we’re judged by Google, I think Google looks down upon bloggers of all types. While they pushed and shoved to be the top search engine/everything internet, they kind of picked the wrong partners to sleep with so to speak. Which is why the slow and steady Yahoo, is starting to re-emerge on top (But I digress and that is for another post!).
I fought for WordPress. At the time blogging wasn’t the big deal it is today, 6 years later. Wordpress just seemed more programming friendly. It also was supported by many of the hosting companies we checked out. Sadly we started with the free version of WordPress and then within months were struggling to transfer everything over to the self-hosted WordPress.
Lately, I’ve noticed many PR companies and clients asking me if I own my own site. If I am self hosted, and which blogging platform I use. I always knew that WordPress was well liked and that it offered widgets that helped improve blogging for us all, as individuals. Now more than ever I think it’s important to have your own .com or .net to show that you are a serious blogger. People using the free platforms are not supposed to accept paid opportunities and many who have skirted the issue have had their blogs deleted.