Today I'm participating in the Blogging Mavens part 2 series. Christina of A Closet Writer is the brains behind this 2 week informational bloggy series that will be available in eBook soon. Everything from tweeting to conferences to membership sites and a bunch in between. Tons of great blogging gouge to grab. Check it out here.
My topic? Blogger.
According to the elite of the blogging community there are better blog sites to be had. Livejournal. Typepad. Wordpress. To name a few.
Plus it's so uncool to not have your own domain. And dot com is so much more professional.
But to be very candid, when asked to write about why I use blogger my mind went blank. Truth is, some of my favorite bloggy friends have given me a nudge in the Wordpress direction from time to time. Kludgy Mom even wrote about the benefits of Wordpress.
And today I'm here to discuss the burning question, Why? Why am I still here?
For starters I'm a huge fan of anything free. Call me what you will, I'd rather have my hair done. Not only is blogspot's software free, but the hosting is also free through blogger. Perhaps if I had big bloggy aspirations and a gazillion followers, I might consider paying the man, but for now free is perfect for where I am in my blogging journey.
I am not ashamed to admit that I am no tech savvy genius. Tech challenged is more like it. And although blogspot does require some knowledge of HTML codes, you can fudge your way through most of it just fine regardless of your level of computer knowledge. I even expanded my margins all by myself to share larger photos. Yeah me. But I think blogspot makes it pretty easy to figure out most functions, from setting up a template to customizing to using widgets to posting.
Blogspot is owned by google and whether we like it or not, they rule cyber space. By using a google owned blog, you can log in with your gmail account or use google tools such as AdSense or google analytics seamlessly. You know, if you care about monetizing or keeping track of numbers.
I think blogs should reflect your personlity. I for one am a HUGE fan of all things simple. No unnecessary clutter. With blogspot I have managed to achieve this. When I enter I don't feel frazzled. There are no flashing images or loud, busy prints. No confusing boxes or overwhelming amounts of text. I recently added some pages at the top of my blog to condense some of the elements in my sidebar. Believe it or not, sometimes less is more.
I have used blogspot for nearly 3 years now. We've become a bit chummy. I know it well and am comfortable posting. Sure, there are glitches from time to time, but what blog site doesn't experience glitches?
Blogger may not have all the perks of some of the other sites, but in this crazy, ever changing, fast paced world, it's nice to have one thing that you know that doesn't change on a dime. To me blogspot is like slipping on your favorite fuzzy robe.
Plus, didn't you ever learn that old saying, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without"?
Or "If it ain't broke don't fix it." And it ain't broke yet...
However, I do back it up from time to time just to be safe. It's so easy you'd be nuts not to.
But in my opinion you don't have to have Wordpress or your own domain to connect with followers. Even though the latest greatest bloggy trends are tempting, it's more about the material and vibe you present than which blog site you use- at least for me at this stage of the game.
Because for now I'm perfectly content with my beautiful mess right here. Thanks for joining me at this leg of my blogging journey.