Sunday, June 18, 2006

Why Blogger?

While following LifeHacker I came across this article discussing how much you should expect a blog design to cost. It's an interesting read and speaks to the whole topic of relativity in pricing. What is expensive to an individual (say $1500) is peanuts to even a medium sized business. But what caught my eye most about the article were the comments.

Included in the comments is a discussion about why you shouldn't use Blogger as your blog software. Here's a quote from the comments:

About Blogger:
Anyone who is serious about success would not use blogger.
Anyone serious about success would purchase their own domain and IP.
Blogger blogs often get hit with collateral damage in search engines.
The Blogger network is one big bad spammy neighborhood.
Even Matt Cutts from Google suggested getting off it.
--Aaron Pratt

And there are others as well.

This got me thinking - why do I both use and recommend Blogger?

Well, a few reasons come to mind. First, there's the whole issue of momentum. With everything else going on, why bother switching to a new blogging framework? My current Blogger setup allows me to trivially post from my sidekick and click the BlogThis! bookmarklet to quickly generate a post based on what I'm browsing. It boils down to: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Next, I don't think it's a bad idea to bet on Google. I'm not sure where the future of Blogger is going, but having the planet's indexer of all information standing behind them can't be a bad thing.

After thinking about it a bit though, there's a reasons that's actually more important than those two outlined above that keep me at Blogger. What I like about Blogger is that anyone can reproduce what I'm doing here. You don't need to register a domain name and pay hosting fees for a server. You don't need to do any software configuration. You just need to register at to get started.

I guess I'm trying to set the example that blogging is for everyone, regardless of their technical savvy or budget. If you have something to say, then you can say it. After all, that's exactly what I'm going.

Enough talk about blogging. Time to get back to actually blogging.

1 comment:

  1. I like blogger too. It's easy to setup and use. I use my own domains with it which gives the best of both worlds. Easy publishing from anywhere and my own domain name.