AKA as the post in which I kill any chance of ever becoming a Google Certified Teacher.
Let me preface my rant by saying that Google does an awesome job at some things. I’ve used google as a search engine since 1999, gmail since 2005, I think chrome is the best browser at the moment and google docs blows my freaking mind. However having made the move to wordpress from blospot back in 2009, I am sorry to say that the google’s blogging platform comes up short.
I know that setting up a blog with blogspot is easy especially if you already have a google account. I also don’t like that wordpress’s reader doesn’t seem to like blogspot blogs (whereas google will still pick up feeds from wordpress users).
However I am going to outline the reasons why I think wordpress is a far better platform that blogger and why you need to think carefully about which platform to use when starting blogs either for your own use or that of your students.
Yes blogger has that next blog feature, but wordpress has a wonderful selection of posts that are chosen for strong content/interest which they update daily on a daily basis. You can subscribe to freshly pressed here.
Being able to like and reblog posts, pingbacks
WordPress has a nifty like feature which enables its users to not only like the blog but also reblog it on their own blog ala tumblr. Using pingbacks is also useful to let someone else know that you are linking to their site. Ok google plus has the +1 feature but there aren’t enough users on google+ at the moment to make this a worthwhile feature at the moment. On the other hand, wordpress has a community of millions of users.
Better comment management systems
WordPress has a far more sophisticated comment management system. I can choose to moderate all comments, let people who have previously commented have commenting privleges, there’s a chance to comment via your twitter account, as a guest etc. Moreover the wordpress platform lets you edit comments. This can be handy if part of a comment violates your moderating policy but the rest of it is fine. With blogger you can only delete a whole comment meaning the user needs to resubmit it. Oh did I mention that you can now comment with your twitter account on wordpress blogs?
More sophisticated privacy settings
Alongside making my entire blog privately published, I can choose to make some posts password-protected or privately publish them.
Being able to tag posts
Tagging a post on say education brings up a posts from any other wordpress user for you to visit.
WordPress is open source
There’s a reason wordpress blogs look better* not to mention the interface is heaps better. WordPress is an open source platform meaning that the people working on it are actually using it.
You can request feedback on a draft before posting
WordPress has an inbuilt system where I can email someone a copy of my post before publishing which I think is awesome. The person doesn’t even need to be a wordpress user to visit the draft and add comments.
The biggie especially for schools – who owns the data?
With WordPress, you can own the domain name and the blog is hosted on your own account. This means you have full control over your content and don’t have to worry about google shutting down your account without warning if they (or other users) don’t like what you’re blogging about. With the self-hosted version of WordPress (not WordPress.com), you’re free to write about anything you want, and use the software in any way you want. There is also an option to export your site easily meaning that you have access to your data.Yes blogger allows you to publish to your own domain but google still owns the database that holds your content. Something you might want to mull over.
And last one
It is dead easy to make the move over to wordpress without losing your content.
Right I’ve made my case which blogger user is going to bring it?
*Having viewed my blog on an ipad thanks to @stevevoisey I’m astounded at how quickly the platform was able to adapt its systems to compliment a new device.