I’ve continued to have blogging sites on my mind, but my focus has been renewed. I thought that getting a new blog started would be a good new year’s resolution. Actually, I’ve had a number of blogs started for a long while. I just haven’t done anything with them.
I’ve been playing around with these blogs. I wanted to experiment with their options. All have similar functions for my purposes.
WordPress has pages that can be altered which the others don’t, but Blogger has categories that can be used in a similar way as pages. The concensus is that WordPress is the best option if you are willing to pay for self-hosting and put a lot of effort into developing it. As for hosted sites, Blogger seems to be better than WordPress… for most non-professional bloggers. I’m not interested in self-hosting, but still the hosted WordPress isn’t a bad option. It does have a lot of capability.
There are two blogs I had before my Gaia blog, but have only posted on either a couple of times. Live Journal and My Opera are different in that they emphasize the social aspect and have types of functions you won’t find on many blogging platforms. Both are major sites, and Live Journal in particular is very well established.
I joined Live Journal because of people I knew from MBTI forums. I belong to some groups on Live Journal, but I haven’t visited them in a long time. Live Journal is very basic in how it looks. However, I care more about functionality than looks and Live Journal has much to offer.
My Opera was the blog I started right before this one. I joined there because my favorite blogger (Quentin S. Crisp) posts there. The downside I found was that there were a fair number of non-English blogs, but that could be seen as a positive in that it attracts an international crowd. Even though My Opera is not very well known, its a major site that is quite impressive. I’m surprised that it rarely gets brought up in comparisons between Blogger and WordPress.
There are really good bloggers using all of these. A good blogger is a good blogger even on a simple blogging site, and vice versa. I want to explore other people’s blogs on these sites to see what others are doing. I’m also going to start posting on my own new blogs.
Here are the links to the 4 blogs I’m now focused on: