Sunday, September 16, 2007

Blog update

Well, I've been at this blogging thing for about two weeks now and got some things sorted. I actually tried it out under various names and platforms at the same time. While I really like Wordpress I've ended up on Blogger.

Why?

Mainly because of the intergration with Google. I found that when it came to searching for stuff that I'd written (exactly the same article), the posts in Blogger were easier to find on Google than those done via Wordpress. Don't know if they manipulate things to be that way, but that's the way it is.

Other areas that are easier because of Google owning Blogger are the way you can park your domain for free using Google Apps and it's very easy for Blogger to use it. I know you can do this with WordPress, but it's just easier in Blogger.

Another example is the "shared items" widget I just added to the blog today. I'm an avid Google Reader user, so when they had a tip on posting your shared items to your blog, I thought I'd give it a try. Basically you just press the "add to Blogger" button and it's all done magically. Quite impressive.

And before I get accused of being a Google lackey, please read my Time to reign in Google? piece.

Other stuff I've learned in my two weeks of blogging: It's damn addictive, a great procrastination aid when you've got deadlines looming, it's a lot of work but it's a lot of fun.

If you're still reading: A BIG THANKS!

2 comments:

cat! said...

Glad you've added Google Reader...adds more colour to your website..hehehe
p/s and before I get accused of being the only reader of your blog, (cos of this here comment), I think there are scores more notshort.net readers out there who are just keepin' quiet ;P

Geoff Long said...

Glad you like the new touch, Cat.
And yes, I know there are other readers out there -- that's what Google Analytics is for ;-)
Thanks for commenting -- just need a few more of those other readers to do the same!
-geoff