Blogging services – initial impressions
As I am just starting to blog, and I did not have my own blog yet, I went ahead and created a blog on a blogging service. Now, to make it even more interesting, I have created accounts on several of them… ;)So, let’s see what we have here:
So, I thought 5 blogs, all on different services is enough – otherwise I would go crazy. ;) Now, I have specifically avoided LiveJournal as I do not like for some reason.
- Blogger is nice free service, now part of the Google family. It has a nice clean interface, some additional features like ads via Google AdSense program, etc. I was suprised to see there are only about 10 or so templates to choose from, and I did not find much room for customizations. Nonetheless, it is a very nice service and the one I am using most right now. I am not sure if I would be using it for long as this service clearly has its ceiling.
- WordPress is another nice free blogging service, although they have paid Pro accounts. Cleaner (compared to TypePad) interface, a lot of features, a lot of templates. Free accounts are limited to 50 MB of storage.
- Typepad is a “professional”-level blogging service – i.e. they charge you for using it (starts from $4.95/month). It has a LOT more features and room for customizations, but its interface is a bit overloaded and much more confusing, especially for beginners like me.
- Blogsome – never heard of them before, actually. It has somewhat minimalistic look and it is not as slick as, say, Blogger or WordPress. I would need to play with it to make my mind.
- Vox seems somewhat simplistic, although they do have a lot of “community” features – like adding information about your favorite music, books, etc. Plus – they put ads both at the top and the bottom of the page. Well, a free service has its price. I believe it is clearly geared towards non-technical beginners.Interestingly enough, Vox is also a part of a family of blogging services by Six Apart company, which includes LiveJournal, Typepad and Movable Type. The former two are free, while the latter two are paid “professional” services.