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Why Blogger sucks (and why I'm packing my bags)

[Updated 1/19/11: Blogger doesn't suck as much as it used to.]

With all the smartphone internet traffic these days, Blogger would for sure have a mobile format available, right?  And Google owning Blogger means that your posts get googled quickly, no?  And Google is so huge (through high-tech efficiency) and so many people use Blogger that the support has got to be top of line, correct?

Wrong, wrong, and wrong!

DougNote iPhone screenshot

Compare that to the Wordpress mobile format:
DougNote on Wordpress mobile format
When your blog on Wordpress detects a mobile browser, it defaults to the mobile format above.  Gee, you can read the blog titles.  Isn't that nice?  Navigation is easy, and when you select an entry, it's in the same easy to read format:

So I'm thinking of packing up and moving to Wordpress.  In fact, I'm experimenting with the various themes there.  You can take a look if you want, but be warned that the format will change around from minute to minute and the bits and pieces aren't set.  DougNote on Wordpress.  And try hitting it on your iPhone or Android or Whatever.  Comments either here or at the other page are welcomed, of course.

Support is much better at Wordpress.  I emailed the helpdesk with a question and I received a response that resolved the problem.  Blogger has no way of directly contacting support.  You have to enter a question on their forum and hope that someone who knows something answers correctly.  That's a great system, isn't it?  NOT!

And you'd think that blog entries at Blogger would Google quickly since, after all, Google owns Blogger.  I don't know how quickly stuff enters Google from Wordpress, but I notice that my entries at Open Salon skyrocket onto Google in mere minutes.  Really.  Dunno why but that's really cool.

There is one major entry in the suckage column for Wordpress, however.  You'll get ads unless you pay them not to.  It's only $30 a year, but still...

And as a continuing exploration into the guerilla writer's minimalist arsenal, I've been checking out posterous and tumblr too.  But I've gotta do more testing before reporting on those.

Okay, signing off for now.  I'll tell you when I've officially moved, and I'll be reporting in on the minimalist arsenal part 2 before too long...

H. Doug Matsuoka
Makiki, Honolulu
5 October 2010


  1. But Doug, some of us only have the most primitive of cell phones and usually leave them somewhere they can't be found!

  2. Oh, and SMS, that brings up another reason why Blogger sucks. Blogger doesn't support threaded comments.

    Oh, and yet another reason: Blogger doesn't allow comments to be edited. So if a commenter makes a typo or uses an unallowable profanity or something like that, no one, not even the owner of the blog, can correct that. One only has the option to delete the comment entirely, and that's without regard to any replies or references to that comment.


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