Lately, I've been asking bloggers who left the Blogger platform why they left. Now, I should mention here that this little blog used to be on Blogger. Then we left.
But, I was wondering why others left. So, I asked what people didn't like about the Blogger platform.
We got several responses to our query. There were many of the same complaints in many different responses. The primary problem with Blogger seems to be service disruption. But there are many things different people don't like about the service.
The Primary Problems
Here's some of the reasons people left Blogger or don't like Blogger:
- It's annoying to have to republish the entire blog for small edits
- Not supporting categories
- No built-in Trackback support
- Not offering extended entry functionality ("More..." or "Click to continue...")
- Lack of variety in Templates or Template selection is limited
- Unhappy with the general appearance of Templates
- Fixed width Templates
- 300-post limit on the edit page
- No ability to moderate (as opposed to delete) comments
- Inability to schedule posts for future publishing
- Difficulty for beginners to edit the Templates
- Service disruptions
- "Second class blog" stigma / must have a "blogspot.com" URL
- No window-esque, drop-and-drag interface to use when creating a blog
Others left Blogger in the past for other reasons:
- No hosted photos (functionality since added)
- Must have a Blogger account to comment (no longer required)
- No comment spam features (simple feature has now been added)
Requirements for Alternatives
We're going to look at other platforms that address one or more of these issues with Blogger. But there's a catch: They will have to be free.
The other platforms won't have to have all the same functionality as Blogger, but we're going to note where they don't have some of the same functionality.
Over the next few weeks, we're going to be addressing different free alternatives to Blogger. Not every day, to be sure. But once a week. Or twice sometimes.
Next time: WordPress.com
If you have a question for phin or me, drop us a line. Or, if you have a free platform you'd like to make sure we check out, leave a comment or send us an e-mail. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org