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What blogging platform do you use?

May 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | Platforms

Because Blogsy is a blogging app our RSS feeds are filled with blogs that talk about blogging. One of these articles in my RSS feed caught my eye so I thought I would share it with you.

The title of the article is WordPress completely dominates top 100 blogs. I think it is obvious from the title that they are comparing what platforms are being used. But I have to admit that I misread the title, or just didn’t register the last part until I read the article, because I thought the article was covering the most commonly used blogging platforms in general. But in actuality they are just talking about the top 100 blogs on the internet. I think the needs of the top 100 blogs may be a little different than the needs of the casual blogger out there. So we have to focus on supporting both the power bloggers and the casual bloggers.

I was really surprised to see that Blogger only makes up 2%. According to our feedback from Blogsy users, the number of people using Blogger is a much higher percentage.

Platforms on this chart that Blogsy currently supports are WordPress (hosted & self-hosted), Movable Type, Drupal, Typepad, Blogger and Tumblr. Blogsy also supports Posterous, IBM Connections and Joomla (1.5) which are not found in the chart. And as for Gawker, BlogSmith, Scoop, and Didrot, we’re not familiar with these and no one has ever emailed asking for us to support them.

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  • Scoop is http://www.scoop.it/ It is a curation type service. I have an account set up at http://www.scoop.it/u/AppsforiPads where I post articles that point back at my main site. That is what it is mainly used for.

    It works sort of like Pinterest does. When you “scoop” an article the service grabs an asst of pics you can pic from and the short description that an RSS feed would return. You then allow the service to post the article to your Scoop page. Clicking on the picture or title on the Scoop page will take the reader to the original article. People that own Scoop accounts also have the ability to curate within the service, basically (like Pinterest) reposting articles onto their own page from others.

    I see no reason to use Blogsy on this type of site so no, you wouldn’t ever receive a request for it.
    Hope this solves the mystery?

    p.s. I think of Tumblr in much the same way… again I only ever used it to direct traffic back to my own main site where I publish all my original content.

    ~Marge

    • Lance says:

      You always leave such great comments Marge, thank you very much for clearing that up for me. I will check out scoop and your scoop site just so I can add it to the database of information in my head. :)

      We got tons of requests for Tumblr support and that is why we finally figured out how to add it even though it is quite different than a normal blogging platform. We got lots of thank yous after people learned that we added it.

      Cheers,
      Lance

  • Just glad to help.

    I guess maybe some people actually use Tumblr as regular blogs; I never did and was taught to use it as a “feeder site.” I guess if you don’t want to pay for your blogs it’s a good choice for some.

    I am just glad that I have a self-hosted WP blog and that Blogsy supports it so well! I hate the WP app! LOL

    ~Marge

    • Lance says:

      I am also a WordPress self-hosted user so I agree with you on that one. And I don’t want to say anything bad about other apps so I won’t be giving my thoughts on the official WP app. :P

      I am not a Tumblr user but it seems like it is much more of a social blogging experience. If you use WordPress or the other platforms it seems like you are more out on an island by yourself. And if you are a professional blogger I think the only choice is WordPress self-hosted.

      Oh, and I checked out Scoop. Yes, it seems like a site for curators more than for bloggers. But maybe I am not seeing it the right way. I am not much of a curator so I don’t really get into sites designed for that.

      Cheers,
      Lance

  • I would say for ease of use go with Blogger but when it comes to templates and options nothing beats WordPress. Although Blogger is what I am currently using I plan to move to WordPress in the near future due to the vast amount of premium templates and plug ins available. Another thing Blogger is known for is the duplicate tittle tags. Bad news there. They say you get what you pay for and when it come to blogging this is a true statement. Some do and some don`t you just have to try them out.

    • Lance says:

      Thank you for the comment Mark.

      I think it really comes down to personal preference. To me WordPress is much easier to use. And Blogger does some very strange things with their HTML which made it a nightmare to add Blogger support to Blogsy. And I feel like Google (Blogger owner) doesn’t really care about customer support or making their offerings better. They dabble in so many things without really focusing on really making a great product (besides Search – they are the best at that.)

      Both Blogger and WordPress.org are free. But I prefer to self-host so I have control over my own content and also have more freedom for customization so I have always been a self-hosted WordPress user.

      If you didn’t already know, there are some migration tools to make moving from one blogging platform pretty painless without losing content.

      Happy Blogging,
      Lance



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