Information Sources for Writer Bloggers (and bloggers in general)
Blogging as a writing form implies that there is a semi public space which to place one’s thoughts. Unlike social networks (like Facebook) or micro-share sites (like Twitter or Instagram), the space must offer customable manipulation and personality to be considered one’s own territory.
For bloggers, the information service is the space. It offers the platform to share content and also the means to measure and quantify subsequent views and participation via likes and comments.
The information service is beyond the blogger. We are able to control the face but not the organs of the operation. The site itself, rife with buggy upgrades and unpredictable changes is the compromise we make as bloggers. Of course we could go and pay for a website, a design and the metrics behind our followers, but many of us would rather save the time, money and hassle that comes with being the true sole owner. So in a way we rent an information service, which may be free in theory but comes with adds, alterations and the occasional spam.
For this post I looked into two sources describing the options for a blogger looking to join and create content. Though neither of these articles were explicitly for Writer Bloggers—which may be too small and unstudied to write a term paper on after all—the theories would help a new blogger make an informed decision when settling on a platform.
The first article was a peer-reviewed journal on the differences between Blogger, WordPress and some other Pseudoblogs (though still viable options) to consider when joining the blogosphere (Lackey & LeMasney, 2007). While the content was thorough, and in some places too much so, the facts were a whopping 8 years behind. The peer-review process takes time and much of the up-to-date current need-it-now information is caught up in the cogs. Though much of the content was relevant, many things have upgraded in the past few years.
Their conclusion that Blogger is best for the basic user and WordPress is preferred for “anything even remotely out of the ordinary” still felt true, though the evidence was dated (Lackey & LeMasney, 2007).
The second article, posted by Craig Grannel on a website called CreativeBloq.com was a detailed but brief website post on 10 ideal blogging platforms and their differences. This listing was as up to date as anyone could ask for, having been published just last month—May 2015. Exposition was coupled by inviting images of blog layouts and a short but poignant suggestion of who the platform would best support. They listed WordPress at the top and Blogger at number three. The information had less tutorial and very little criticism. Though it fell short of the technical aspect of the other forty page article, the information was clear and simple.
On the fly, someone looking to break into blogging would likely launch a quick query and find this link rather than sift through a dry scientific exposé.
While the content of the two examples of blogger information services were oriented toward a similar audience, the content made by bloggers for bloggers was much more approachable. It seems fitting, being that bloggers are content creators themselves, that they would first seek the advice of their own content.
Hope that opened your eyes a little to the not so secret world of blogs.
Lackie, R. J., & LeMasney, J. W. (2007). Blogger, WorldPress.com, and their pseudoblog alternatives: a comparison of focus, features, and feel. Journal Of Library Administration, 46(3/4), 139-180. doi:10.1300/J111v46n03_11
Grannel, C. (2015). The 10 best blogging platforms available for free. Creative Bloq. Retrieved from: http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/best-blogging-platforms-121413634