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Hello everyone! Diyana here.
I have been blogging for about 15 years in different blogging platform. Most of the time, my posts were just rants and about my daily stuff. I’ve tried different blogging platforms like Blogger, LiveJournal & WordPress. To be honest, the features are almost the same with minor differences. Different platforms are targeted for different bloggers, I guess.
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Blogger aka Blogspot is a platform provided by Google. You can basically utilise Google tools for your blogs. If you want to run ads, there’s Google AdSense. And, the URL will be tailored according to your location, for example, if you’re in the UK, the URL will be: https://blogname.blogpsot.co.uk. Blogger is beginners friendly so it’s not really a surprise that Blogger is a very popular choice for first-time bloggers.
Writing & Posting Entries
The writing platform aka blog editor is very beginners friendly and complete. You can add images, links and stuff. You can even opt-in to edit as HTML which I normally do because I find visual editors troublesome sometimes.
The one thing I don’t like about it is that they don’t have categories, just labels aka tags. You can’t control the privacy settings of individual entries. Either you set the whole blog on private or public or you just set your private entries on draft mode. There is no ‘read more’ button option so you will go through endless scrolling which can be annoying for some users.
Themes & Layout
Since Blogger is catered for bloggers and very popular, it’s super easy to get free or premium premade themes for your blog. You can even create your own by using Photoshop or Core Paint Shop. I’m not sure on how you wanna make it work but it worked.
So far, I only see Blogger blogs come in one type of layout which is the two-column layout. I have yet to see other types of layouts even though the new Blogger editor enables you to customise your blog layout.
Blogger is under Google hence accessibility to various Google platforms. You can monetise your blog through Google AdSense. You can follow blogs using your Google profile and people can follow your blog by using their Google profile.
Furthermore, since it’s under Google, most likely it’s difficult for your blog server to be down.
In Part 2, I will be talking about one of the longest blogging platforms I have used, LiveJournal.