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Blogger vs WordPress.com

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Once I decided it was time to get back to blogging, I did some research to find a convenient free blogging host. Things have changed in the past four years. Back then it was Blogger vs Typepad (which wasn’t free), pretty much. (Livejournal seemed a lot more like a private diary back then; and it doesn’t seem all that different now.)

These days there’s a host of sites available. I cut it down to three after giving Terapad a spin. Terapad is great, and if you’re looking for a place to host more than just a blog, you should try it out. But it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. Which left Vox, along with Blogger and WordPress.com. Vox gets a lot of things right, but I didn’t find a single theme there I’d want to use. It felt like I was on Myspace again. If they could open up their themes to the public and allow custom themes, they’d cause a pretty big dent in the blogger share.

But they don’t. Which leaves Blogger and WordPress.com. It seems seventy percent of the results on a “Blogger vs WordPress” search talk about the WordPress software (available at WordPress.org) and make it sound like it crushes Blogger in terms of features. A few that do compare WordPress.com to Blogger are nearly a year old (if not older) and talk about things that don’t apply anymore (like Blogger’s lack of categories back then).

So let’s get this straight. May 2009: WordPress.com doesn’t allow custom themes unless you pay them to edit your css. Blogger, on the other hand, allows you to edit all you want. Not just css, but your html code too. As far as features go, that’s basically it.

Here, once again:

WordPress.com doesn’t allow custom themes for free. Blogger does.

I thought it’d be the deal breaker for me. I like tinkering with code and customizing things. But still, I made an account at WordPress.com. Just to check it out. What the hell, just a few kilobytes of wasted space, right? I’m glad I did. The back end beats Blogger out of the water. By far. Seriously. Posting with the WordPress back end is refreshing. Compared to this, making a post at Blogger feels like farting around with code in Notepad. It gets the job done, and it shouldn’t really matter, but I prefer Notepad++, thank you very much.

Don’t get me wrong, Blogger allows you loads of freedom, and WordPress.com’s widgets aren’t even in the same league as Blogger’s, but if all you want to do is, y’know, write, then it’s a pretty close call.

Finding a decent theme among the ones WordPress offers doesn’t hurt either. (I’d have said the same thing about Vox if they had the sort of themes I like. Probably.)

But the control freak won’t be so easily pacified, even if the writer thinks he has the tools to do the job. So, for a while, I’m gonna blog at both WordPress.com and Blogger. It takes fifteen seconds to copy-paste the post in html into Blogger, anyway.

Ain’t it nice, freedom?


Written by Jesus Eastwood

May 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm


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Right off the bat, let’s get one thing out of the way: this is not a popularity race. If it were, you’d find a (fake) woman blogging about her (fictional) sexual exploits here instead. Easiest way to fame, brothers and sisters. Want proof? Search for sex blog on Google.

I got out of the popularity blog wars quite early. Used to have a decent blog on blogger for ages. Back when social networking wasn’t the stinking pile of shit it is now. Now, now, don’t defend Myspace or Orkut or Facebook or all the other wannabes. You know you’re wasting your time there.

Disagree? Prove me wrong.

I’m severely opinionated, which hasn’t changed from those old days.

I learned early on that I demand this from any book I pick up: tell me interesting things in interesting ways. Don’t waste my time. I’m no hypocrite; I won’t waste yours.

No bullshit in this house.

If you expect me to watch my language or my thoughts, kindly sod off.

By which I mean to say, in my own rude way, to everyone else, welcome. Welcome. Kick ass, take down names.

Written by Jesus Eastwood

May 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm

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