by Brad Aldrich - One Flesh Marriage
As you are searching for the best platform to launch your new marriage ministry, Blogger is an excellent option to consider. In part 2 of Deciding Where to Blog I’ll discuss the positives and negatives of this very popular platform.
Blogger is a very popular blogging platform. It is free to use and easy to set up. Blogger offers many attractive options including a template designer, which allows users to tweak their blogs appearance.Blogger prides itself in being user friends, and makes every effort to make it possible for anyone to publish their own blog. Little or no technical knowledge is necessary to create on Blogger. For this reason, and the free price tag, many beginners start on the Blogger platform. Many established blogs decide to stay on Blogger because they enjoy the system and find it sufficient to meet their needs.
There are a few downsides to Blogger. For one you will never be able to get away from the Blogger “B”. It will appear on your blogs header and as its Flavicon (the little picture next to its name on the top of your page). There are also fewer design options and functions in Blogger as compared to other systems. You can adjust the colors, and type face, and other features, but all Blogger blogs have a similar look. This doesn’t have to be a problem, it might just limit your ability to get your blog to look, or do things the way you wish.
Another potential downside is that officially Blogger, and Google who owns Blogger, controls access to your content. This can become an issue, if Blogger decided to shut you down, which they can do. This is true about all platforms except self-hosted platforms. Of specific concern to marriage bloggers is Google’s stand on “adult content”. Officially Google allows any content on Blogger, but they reserve the right to put it behind an “adult content” warning. This is primary implemented to restrict inappropriate images, but if your blog’s mission involves discussing sexual intimacy like J’s Hot Holy Humorous (hosted on Blogger) just be sure to read the fine print!
Finally, I can’t discuss Blogger without admitting that One Flesh Marriage started there, but didn’t stay long. We decided to start on Blogger simply because I couldn’t get away from the temptation of a free blog and I didn’t consider other options. After only 3 months on Blogger I wished I had done my homework. I was never satisfied with the way the blog looked. I would tinker with the design or try to add a new widget I discovered and I couldn’t do it. After tolerating the frustration for several months, I decided to switch from Blogger to Blogger to WordPress.org. The move was painful, a chore I would rather not do again.
If you use Blogger what do you like about it?
If you’ve left Blogger like I did, what made you go?
If you decide to choose the Blogger format make sure not to miss: I Choose You: Taking Your First Steps In Blogger