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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

blogspot.com vs. wordpress.com

In a post sometime ago Dave Lucas wondered why I post my blog both on wordpress.com and blogspot.com. Here’s why. When I initially wanted to blog, I didn’t know about wordpress. I did know that blogspot was where most of the serious blogs were. I wanted to be taken seriously and knew that places like livejournal and myspace were not where I wanted to be.

I really liked blogspot when I started out, but I wanted to be able to index all of my posts by using categories. I could not figure out a way of doing it. Then I discovered wordpress. Wordpress makes it very easy to add categories. You can also add additional pages that show up as tabs at the top of your blog. You can add pages like about us, contact us, etc. Wordpress also allows you to import ALL of your posts from your old blog.

I imported all of my posts from blogspot to wordpress and was working on categorizing all of the old posts, but I had yet to let anyone know about my blog, when one day blogger went down for hours and people could not access my blog. That’s when I decided it would be a good idea to let people know about my wordpress blog, so they could access it when blogger was down. Blogger has gone done several times since, which made me realize that a back up blog site was important to have.

At first traffic on my wordpress site was low, but now it has outstripped my blogspot site. It runs about five times the traffic on blogspot. In fact my blogspot blog traffic has remained relatively constant now for months. I also do not have to add any tags to my wordpress posts, because the categories work as wordpress tags. Furthermore, wordpress tags, in my experience, are picked up better by search engines than technorati tags are. Not having much computer savvy, I have yet to learn how to add technorati tags in the graceful way that Dave and other bloggers have.

On the downside, you can't modify your template with wordpress (although you can if you pay a one time $15 upgrade fee), and it’s not easy to add links, although I think that would be corrected by upgrading. I am also not sure that you can have a blog with multiple contributors. Using html is not as easy as with blogger and there are other minor quirks as well.

Posting to two blogs is a pain, even when you cut and paste. I have been tempted to upgrade my wordpress account so I can modify my template and abandon blogspot altogether, however, I understand that blogspot is coming up with a better version so I will wait and see.

For those of you who would like to add categories to your blogspot blog, Dave has come up with a fairly simple method, one I would have never thought of.

If I do abandon my blogspot blog, I won’t delete it but will leave a post there with a link to my wordpress blog.

2 Comments:

  • note on catagories: blogger is out with blogger beta, which is doing limited rollovers to a new system now (it will be available to everyone eventually - an invitation to do so will appear on your dashboard when they're ready to roll yours) more info is available on the blogger page. A fellow upstate blog who has made the jump already is the adirondack almanac, you can check out that to see how the catagories/other new features will look.

    By Blogger York Staters, at 3:16 PM  

  • Hello. Prompt how to get acquainted with the girl it to me to like. But does not know about it
    I have read through one history
    Each of you has your personal story; it is your history. Keeping a diary or writing your feelings in a special notebook is a wonderful way to learn how to think and write about who you are -- to develop your own identity and voice.

    People of all ages are able to do this. Your own history is special because of your circumstances: your cultural, racial, religious or ethnic background. Your story is also part of human history, a part of the story of the dignity and worth of all human beings. By putting opinions and thoughts into words, you, too, can give voice to your inner self and strivings.

    A long entry by Anne Frank on April 5, 1944, written after more than a year and a half of hiding from the Nazis, describes the range of emotions 14-year-old Anne is experiencing:

    ". . . but the moment I was alone I knew I was going to cry my eyes out. I slid to the floor in my nightgown and began by saying my prayers, very fervently. Then I drew my knees to my chest, lay my head on my arms and cried, all huddled up on the bare floor. A loud sob brought me back down to earth, and I choked back my tears, since I didn't want anyone next door to hear me . . .

    "And now it's really over. I finally realized that I must do my school work to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that's what I want! I know I can write. A few of my stories are good, my descriptions of the Secret Annex are humorous, much of my diary is vivid and alive, but . . . it remains to be seen whether I really have talent . . .

    "When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that's a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer? I hope so, oh, I hope so very much, because writing allows me to record everything, all my thoughts, ideals and fantasies.

    "I haven't worked on Cady's Life for ages. In my mind I've worked out exactly what happens next, but the story doesn't seem to be coming along very well. I might never finish it, and it'll wind up in the wastepaper basket or the stove. That's a horrible thought, but then I say to myself, "At the age of 14 and with so little experience, you can't write about philosophy.' So onward and upward, with renewed spirits. It'll all work out, because I'm determined to write! Yours, Anne M. Frank

    For those of you interested in reading some of Anne Frank's first stories and essays, including a version of Cady's Life, see Tales From the Secret Annex (Doubleday, 1996). Next: Reviewing and revising your writing

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:44 AM  

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