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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dissatisfied With My Options

This blog has chugged along now for nearly 10 years, happy as a clam. Quite a few years ago, Google bought Blogger and I figured there'd be some major upgrades to the platform. I continue to be disappointed. I briefly flirted with the idea of moving to Live Journal, but their weird coding and corporate issues were off-putting. So I stayed in my merry little venue, figuring that either it would improve or something else would emerge as the platform of choice.

But Blogger has increasing issues with struggling to publish posts. I see the "This is taking longer than expected" error with increasing frequency. And LiveJournal hasn't picked up my last two posts in 3 days because it says the next time it's scheduled to check is 9/12/09 at 12:05. I haven't a clue how to kick start that to play nice.

So I've been flirting with Facebook. There's a lot to like there, and a bit to be concerned about. And there's some UI issues I really don't like. For instance, if I go to read a note (akin to clicking a cut tag in LJ), then hit the back button, it refreshes my newsfeed back to the most recent top 25 posts, so I mostly avoid clicking through on people's notes, making it a far less satisfying platform than LiveJournal for keeping up with more than the barest basics of people's lives.

The net result being that there's not a solid platform I'm completely happy using. My current combination of platforms is also failing me. So I guess I sit around and wait for Facebook to improve, or waiting for the Next Big Thing, limping along, knowing that the next major nuisance with Blogger will probably be the final straw, but not knowing where to go from here. There's weird factors like my grandma reads my blog, and I like having that way to communicate with her, and my grandma isn't on Facebook. But should she be? I'm not sure.

And well, I'd ask my friends what they think, but who knows if/when this post will ever make it to LiveJournal. Harumph!

2 Comments:

  • Have you considered Wordpress?

    By Blogger misterjustin, at 9:28 PM  

  • I like wordpress, use it for 80% of my blogs. The problem is upgrades. You need to have a decent server and a decent backup plan, plus some basic knowledge of SQL databases and PHP to really do an adequate job with Wordpress (.org, .com is a whole 'nother ball of wax). But have you looked at NING. Sure, it's mainly a social network, but it just got some extensible Apps and can be used as a blog platform, just unselect all the other features. You can even friend/unfriend as in Facebook.

    By Blogger John, at 10:22 AM  

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