by Nubia Mejia of Nubia's Nonsense
When you start blogging it’s good to ask yourself: What is my goal going to be with this blog? Am I blogging for fun or am I blogging for a potential future career? It’s OK not to know. However, I believe that knowing or at least pondering these questions is a perk. Picking a blogging platform could be tricky. The majority of fashion blogs I’ve seen on the web are using either Blogger, WordPress or Tumblr. Each of these platforms have there up’s and down’s.
Within the last week both Tumblr and Blogger have crashed. Twitter and Facebook went viral and I was reading about it everywhere! I, myself have a blog through the blogger platform and wasn't very pleased. A lot of blogger members lost drafted post that, unfortunately, they didn't back up. Some people were so upset by the situation that they’re looking into self hosted sites, while others didn't take it as seriously and have decided to stay put.
I am going to layout a few basic pro’s and con’s about the three platforms. I’m not going to get too in depth because I might go on forever. You decide what works best for you.
- It is amazingly easy to work with if you’re starting out a blog. Easy dashboard and lays everything out.
- The site is owned by google so there’s a lot of features to play with. Google Reader, Google Friend Connect and Google Adsense are all good ways to promote your page. But remember, you might want to ask yourself… Are Affiliate Ads Worthwhile?
- Also, because it is owned by Google the SEO is great. Many believe you don't have to work as hard on it like with other platforms.
- Blogger can delete your blog whenever they decide which I find horrifying! If they don’t like your content they can simply consider it spam and it’s gone without any warning.
- You can't customize your themes very much. It's quite limited.
- You must have a Gmail account to sign up. If you don't well…. You can't use blogger.
- Not waking up one day and going “ahhh where is my blog?!” You have full ownership.
- Dashboard is easy to maneuver, and widgets are easily integrated in the WordPress Themes.
- Plugins are big on WordPress. There's a large variety and you can alter them to help you build a powerful site. WordPress is opensource, so it's constantly being worked on by a community of enthusiasts.
- While the platform itslef is free, hosting will cost you. However, If you're very serious and don't want to compromise losing your work, it's worth it.
- You might have to familiarize yourself with HTML, CSS, maybe even a little bit of PHP, or get someone who knows it.
- Moving an already existing blog can get a bit messy. It is possible, but a bit difficult. I would highly recommend researching carefully to not loose any material.
- A large variety of themes to choose from. Nice clean lay-outs that take seconds . Like Blogger, Tumblr is amazingly easy to use.
- A lot of sharing and re-blogging going around.
- Tumblr has a very nice I phone app. It allows you to upload photos and sound very quickly. If you can create good content, this allows you to share fast and effectively.
- A lot of re-blogging going around. I listed this as a con as well because Tumblr is so popular for reblogging that I find it hard to find original content sometimes.
- Hard to build a community if you don’t have a lot of friends on the site.
- You don't have as much control over plugins and themes as you would with a site like WordPress.
What template do you use? Why would you recommend it to some one else? They all have up's and down's. I wish we could pick and choose what we liked from each and make our own mega-platforms. Basically, I think if you're just starting a blog and you're looking for something fast and easy to manage, Blogger or Tumblr might be for you. WordPress is a bit more complicated but I believe over all it has more of what I'm looking for personally.
If you have any of your own pro’s and con’s you’d like to add, feel free. What I can honestly say is that I’m completely smitten by blogging and have been doing it for sometime now. It’s become a part of my life I give priority to. After the Blogger crash last week and being that Tumblr has a mini web fame for crashing, I've decided to move to WordPress and have a self hosted site. I don’t like the thought of any one but myself having the ability to do anything with my content and that's, that!
Image by esra dandin