For some years now I’ve maintained this blog on the WordPress platform. I find it user friendly, easy to customize (even though I use a FREE version of WordPress), and I love the WordPress reader which allows me to easily follow other bloggers as much, or as little, as I want to – regardless of what blogging platform they use. Also, the huge advantage of WordPress is the fact that I rarely, if ever, get spam comments. Akismet saves me from the annoyance and hassle of spam.
For several years I maintained the blog of my in person bookclub, Whodunit. This blog was hosted on Blogger. It too could be customized, though not as easily or as varied as WordPress. It too allows me to follow other bloggers who use the Blogger platform. The biggest problem with Blogger, for me, was the fact that I was constantly inundated with SPAM! This meant I had to spend valuable blogging/reading time dealing with these comments.
I am interested to know your feelings about these two blogging platforms. All the positives and not so positive experiences you’ve encountered.
Personally, I’ve found many Blogger blogs that I like and enjoy reading and following. However, I find them not as easy to ‘Like’ a post, not as easy to leave a ‘comment’. and not as easy to ‘share’ a blog post as with the WordPress blogs I follow.
One thing that really irritates me is the error I get when I try to post a comment on a Blogger post – “Your OpenID credentials could not be verified”
I’ve tried adding the site as a ‘trusted site’ on my WordPress account. I’ve also tried verifying via Google and Twitter, all with no luck. URGH! Often, I just don’t bother posting comments on Blogger posts because of the inherent frustration involved.
There seems to be a noticeable divide between WordPress and Blogger. WordPress bloggers tend to follow WordPress bloggers – Blogger users tend to follow other Blogger bloggers. So much so that I’ve seriously been thinking of hosting a shadow/ghost site for Fictionophile on the Blogger platform. This of course would create a lot more work for me, as every time I’d post Fictionophile on WordPress, I would then post the same identical post on Blogger… Seems like this should be unnecessary, but the ‘divide’ is making this more and more tempting. I cringe at the thoughts of dealing with the spam though…
Also, I would like to hear from bloggers who have migrated their WordPress blog from the free version, to a paid version. Did you lose followers doing this? Do you feel your blog is ‘safer’ when you own the site? How problematic was the move?
Other questions that I’d like you to weigh in on are: How do you back up your blog? How often do you do this?