I am continuing my series 'The 10 Commandments' of blogging, but re-arranging them a bit as I go. In past weeks, we've looked at 'The Name Game' and 'Your True Colors,' but even before you get to those laws you have to make a very important decision. Where will I blog? There are dozens of choices. You can blog on Blogger, Facebook, Myspace, etc. But they're far from equals when it comes to blogging.
I use all of the above sites. Each, of course, has its pros and cons. Blogger is great for writing. Facebook is great for re-connecting. MySpace is great for stalking people. Blogger let's one share. Facebook keeps one updated. MySpace makes one want to kill themself. I think you get my point, MySpace is horrible. It's only redeeming quality, really, is that you can have a song on your page. That's pretty cool, but the negatives far outweigh that pro. Signing-in is often problematic. Ads are plentiful and sleazy. Load time is lengthy. Customized pages look ugly. Etc. MySpace might be helpful for finding a few friends, but don't use it to blog. We're down to two.
Facebook is an awesome site. It is MySpace perfected. It's clean look and ease of use makes it a great place to reconnect and let friends know what you are up to. It's so easy to leave comments and everything is very accessible. But, might I say, it's not really designed to be a blog. It's not for writing. Its 'notes' are a secondary feature, not a priority. Writing isn't what Facebook is about. Some people act as if Blogger and Facebook are in competition, but when I first heard that I was surprised. They are 2 totally different things. Facebook is for finding people. Blogger is for knowing people. Sure, you can find people on Blogger and get to know people on facebook, but in a much more limited sense. I'd encourage, though, all Facebook users to import their blogs into facebook (this is another nice feature of facebook). We're down to one.
What you want, if you want to be a blogger (you may not!) is, well, a blog! And who does blogging better than blogger? Nobody. Blogger/Blogspot is a place to write. It's for people who like to write. Content is king in Blogger Land. If you've got something to say that's more than cliche, Blogger is the place to play.