Choosing Blogger as your Blogging platform

03/06/2015


Over the past couple of months I was coding, designing, brainstorming the ideas and working so hard on to make this place live, then.. on 7th may, this all gotten real and the feedback I received from you all keep fluttering me up with happy bubbles. So once again, Thank You for the words and support you've showered. It means.
Now, to continue this blogging space in the mission of sharing my work and words with you, today I'm about to write on something to which I belong to and utilize as my Words Sharing Tool. The tool on which I developed my whole online presence. And yes! This is BLOGGER. Welcome to the Avenue, sit relax and get to know why and when Blogger can be your best blogging tool.?

Lets start with the basic..

What are Blogging Platforms?

Basically, Blogging Platforms are the platforms that let you do your blogging by offering built-in Content Management Systems (CMS) which purpose is to make things smooth and easy for the writers to publish their thoughts with little to no coding skills. It help you to write, edit and manage blog posts, where you can also opt to write using text editors as well as HTML i.e, code it yourself. Simply put, blogging platform are so like the social medias where you're posting, interacting, whether personal or as a business, in a bigger way possible!

There are few of the very popular platforms out there who is hosting number of blogs around the globe. Today, I'm shading the light on Blogger.com (also known as Blogspot.com) along with the fellow blogger's experiences with it. To be clear, this post won't categorize into pros or cons as that can be found in hundred of them out there. Also my aim is not to compare Blogger to any other platform because I know WordPress.org is genius, SquareSpace is beautiful, Tumblr is straightforward.. I could go on and on with others too (OH! and Medium my new crash!!). So I shall stop there and start the main point, now.

Who Choose Blogger?

Blogger is the best tool for individual starters as well as professionals. To clear this up, I'd say, the task of choosing a platform lies all under the needs and budget of the author himself. It'll sound more logical as we go..

Why Choose Blogger?

There lies number of benefits in choosing Blogger as your Blogging Tool. As it is own by Google, you've got lots of advantages under your sleeves. You can handle all of your blogging stuffs under one account rather than login in into different accounts for different services. The fact I love is that Google got you all covered with its mailing, photo hosting, Analytic, Adsense, Google+, Hangout, Docs and many more other services that can be use in your day to day blogging/business needs. Most of all Blogger is an easy one and in my views blogging should be all about just typing your thoughts or ideas into something like a word doc. Shouldn't it?


Blogging should be all about just typing you
thoughts or ideas into something like a word doc.

When I was on WordPress.com, It took me two week to get fit with it and getting to know about what-is-where. And soon after I realize it is way too limited for me. I can't tweak codes, can't set-up custom domain etcetera without paying them. Simply it didn't fit the mold of my needs. And this was the first and the foremost reason that made me jump at Blogger and bamm!! I fell in love with it right away, with its simplicity, its features and the freedom that available here. As its is no uncommon fact that Blogger host your blog for no cost at all and I guess nothing can be more awesome than having a free blog that let you do anything and everything. You agree? You don't have to pay monthly/yearly hosting services fee. Just buy your domain (which is totally optional but good for SEO) and ofcourse, your custom domain can be set-up here with no fuss. AND START DOING WHAT THAT REALLY MATTERS TO YOU. This speaks volumes.

There's also few things that make Blogger the boring and the bad one. First, their statistics, that always seem to be more than wrong. But Google Analytic can be use as your magic wand here. So, I guess this problem have been solved already. Second, the pre-made templates they have, which do no justice with the services they're giving us (which really really need to be updated) but if you know the little codding, you can do so much more with it on your own or even hire the designer to do it for you at affordable cost. Again Problem Solved!

There are number of people who keep telling me to go for WordPress and also I've seen lots of people moving to WordPress for JUST that they were in need of a good design. Tell you what, you can even make your Blogger blog look like WordPress or SquareSpace. One only need a designer who understand your need.

Okay, so that was my point of view to looking at Blogger, on which I'm blogging and working since 2 years to be exact. I believe every blogger had or having an experience with it, good or bad. So I asked few blogging folks to make this post more meaningful for the one who is struggling with choosing Blogger as their blogging tool. And I hope, you might find it interesting and helpful to hear directly from the Blogger's users. So read their thought about what they found best and worst in blogger? Why they're using it? Their personal views on it and all..

KAYLA:

I am currently transitioning my blog from Blogger to Squarespace. I went with Blogger after receiving feedback on the less-than-great user experience my site had on Weebly, the platform I was using at the time. Best thing I've found in Blogger is the back end blog post managing system, which is very user-friendly. Also, because Blogger is partnered with Google, you get notifications when signed into Gmail. It keeps everything in one place. But monetization is very difficult on Blogger unless you sell a lot of ads or do sponsored posts. I’m looking to be an Info-preneur which is very difficult to scale on Blogger. In short Blogger is a great platform for bloggers who are just starting who don’t want to spend money on self-hosting and custom built sites. If you’re a hobby blogger who wants something simple and user-friendly, it does the trick.

*edited (14 jan, 2015 ): Kayla have now moved to SquareSpace.


AFTAB:

It was the most talked out blogging platform when I first started blogging and heard so many great things about it. The best thing I would say is how user friendly it is and how easy it is to navigate when you’re new to the world of blogging. The Bad thing is that they don’t have a direct help center or contact service to let them know when you’re having issues/when Blogger has issues. However, I wouldn't personally move to any other platform, after the horror stories I have heard after people left Blogger to try other sites like WordPress (self-hosted) and totally hated it. Therefore, I would say Blogger is by far the best. Blogger makes blogging easy and straightforward, it may have the odd minor glitch here and there but the support are really quick in fixing them so they are not apparent for long. I would say if you are thinking of starting a blog, definitely start with Blogger.

*edited: Aftab have now moved to WordPress.

AREEBA:

I started using Blogger as my first ever proper blogging platform when I didn't know a thing about other blogging platforms. Never left it, it's been years and Blogger feels like home now. Blogger is very handy and easy when it comes to HTML. Easy to customize and doesn't really bother with changes. Sometimes the HTML code changes stop working and go back to old settings. This is very awful, but don't worry this happened just like 2 times with me. The most famous debate is Blogger VS Wordpress. I personally vote for Blogger because as I said it's easy to customize. You should go for Blogger if you're new in blogging, it's less complicated than Wordpress. Except for HTML going back to old settings twice, Blogger never did any harm. I love using Blogger.

MARIE:

I use Blogger for so many reasons. The security is first-rate. I love that I have the brilliant minds at Google hosting and looking after my little blog. Search engine optimization is easy, and it's built right in. Blogger integrates so nicely and seamlessly with Adsense, Analytics - all of Google's services. It's easy to monetize. Of course, there's the price - I don't have to pay to host my domain. I don't have to pay to have "plug-ins" installed. I don't have to pay to have a designer create a template, because Blogger is so user-friendly that it's easy to pick up the html needed to customize your own template. I could probably come up with more reasons if I thought longer. I've tried Yola and Wordpress, both of which were paid options. After both, I came running back to Blogger. Blogger offers an incredible service for no cost. Except for trying the other two hosts, I've been blogging with Blogger for about five years now. There's absolutely nothing that would make me switch to another host, unless Blogger decided to shut down the service.

JENNI:

It was what I was familiar with when I started my blog so I used it and continue to do so. I'm also a huge fan of Google! So the fact that my email, google+ page, photos/documents of Drive and so much more are available under one platform is fantastic. The best thing in Blogger is Simplicity. Once you play around on the site for a while you realize that it can be very easy to use and tweak to your preferences. But Stats don't seem to be very correct, I've tried to make sure that everything is in the correct time zones and it still seems off. I have never used any other platforms for blogging. I have done some work in Wordpress and it seems simple enough but since I'm unfamiliar with it, I don't think I'll be changing to wordpress any time soon. I'll stay in my comfort zone! lol For a first time blogger, I would definitely suggest blogger.com. It's very easy to set up and get started writing posts.

I first started using blogger.com because I didn't want to pour money into a blog, and the platform made more sense to me than the free version of WordPress did. I have worked with WordPress for other people, and while I like the platform, I don't like that I would need to buy widgets for various things. I have managed to learn some basic HTML and CSS and with that I have been able to do everything that I have needed to do without spending a penny. The best thing I have found in blogger.com has been the ease of customization. Like I said, with some basic HTML and CSS knowledge you can pretty much get it to do everything WordPress would do. However, if you are thinking about running a larger blog, then having your own space through WordPress might serve you well. The worst thing is probably the fact that the themes are limited. However, again, with some basic coding and a few photoshop skills you can do a lot. I would say that blogger is a really easy platform to learn, and doesn't cost the beginning blogger anything other than some time.

ALLIE:

I use blogger because I was already using gmail, and liked that it was connected. It is pretty easy to use and I've been using it for at least 6 years now. I love using blogger because it is pretty easy to set up. Also, if you want your site to look more advanced, its really not that hard to do either. You can make it look as great as other sites, but its free and its just so easy to use. I can't highlight. I didn't really like having .blogspot at the end of my blog name, but now you can purchase a google domain for about $12, and so now that is fixed. Gosh, I haven't used another blogging platform in almost 4-5 years. I used WordPress (the free version) years ago for a college project. But I just stuck with blogger because I has already learned how to use it. Now that I've connected my own domain to my blogger, I probably won't be changing anytime soon.

To put everything in a nutshell:

Blogger is by far the Best FREE and open source Blogging Tool out in this online world. So many successful bloggers are using it for year and years to count and also aiming to keep using it ahead of time. It's up to you which tool you feel easy and comfortable in, how much you can invest, how well you know the design language, and how big you want your business to make impact on. Well, if you want to go bigger with your blogging and scale your whole business over it. WordPress or SquareSpace might come as a solution for you.

Your Turn!

What blogging platform are you using or have used? What's your thoughts about Blogger? Do you have anything else to add up on what I wrote? Leave a comment and let me know.

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