Hi guys! Who’s glad it’s the weekend? I certainly am! I know I said in my last post that I was going to do a style steal which is on it’s way but I thought that I would do a blogging specific post as you guys seemed to enjoy the last one. A few posts ago, I asked what you guys would like me to write about and one of you commented saying that you would like me to review the different types of platforms that you can run your blogs from. So, here goes!
This is the obvious one as this is being published on WordPress. I was first introduced to it when I was in college as we had to keep a blog running charting our inspiration and progress within our projects. We also had to keep notes about the lectures etc and design it so that it matched the aesthetic of our work. I have to admit, I found it very hard to use but ever since it’s been updated (bear in mind, when I first used it – it was about four years ago) it’s been a God-send! There are some features that I like and some that I don’t. I really like the usability of the reader features which enables everyone to interact easily with their readers and easily access other people’s blogs. The actual post page is really user-friendly, too, once you know your way around it a little bit.
The only thing that I don’t like is the actual customiser page. I found it really hard to use as I couldn’t find how to get my blog posts on my actual front page. When I eventually did, it was easier. Another point I would make about WordPress is that they are very helpful – I once sat on live chat for well over an hour with one of their staff members with an issue I had and they were very friendly even if I was a bit frustrated!
Tumblr was my first experience in blogging and one that I still use from time to time. In truth, the only reason I ever found out about it was because I was looking for pictures of David Tennant! Hilarious. I’ve used Tumblr for years – since I was 15, I think – and I think it is probably the most social of the blogging platforms. I met my best friend on there and we are still besties to this day. There are still people I talk to from my early days on Tumblr, too. They have an easy to use IM system which enables you to interact with your followers. The themes are easy to customise and there are some beautiful free theme makers out there. The posting system is easy, too, aside from the fact that it sometimes crashes.
The only thing that I would say about Tumblr is that it isn’t really for article blogging. When my following was at its highest on Tumblr, it was because I was creating Doctor Who gifsets constantly. It’s more about sharing photos and talking about fandoms rather than discussing topics like WordPress and Blogger. There’s also a very strange atmosphere on Tumblr which is a big reason why I have pulled away from it quite a lot – there’s a lot of drama and arguments which I’m not about.
I only recently looked into Blogger for the sake of this post and I am withholding too much judgement for the moment just because I haven’t had much experience with it. At first glance, the setup is incredibly easy – mine was already setup which makes me think it links to your Google account. It knew I wanted to call my blog ‘morgiereacts’ and the initial setup is simple and user-friendly. It’s an idiot’s guide to setting up a blog, really.
Another thing that I really do like about this is the theme setup. It was much easier than WordPress, I have to admit and there’s a lot more choice in what you can do and how you can make your blog look.
The only thing I would say that I didn’t like (and it might be me having Saturday brain!) was that I couldn’t find at all where to find other blogs. I think it’s much easier on Tumblr (you have to follow five blogs before you even start on Tumblr) and WordPress to access other people’s blogs but once I found it, it had a similar reading list to what WordPress uses. I will keep you guys updated on what I think!
Womp, womp, womp. I was excited about this one as it had really good reviews but the thing that I don’t like about it automatically, straight off the bat is that you only get a 14 day free trial before you have to start paying monthly for it. I do pay for my current blog but WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger all let you have the blog for free as long as you want with some limitations. Actually, I take that back about Tumblr – the only thing you have to pay for if you want is some of the themes. But WordPress withhold some features until you pay and you have to pay for a domain with Blogger.
But I was definitely put off of Ghost as I saw this as I don’t think that two weeks is long enough to be able to assess whether you want to continue using the platform. For all I know, it might be a really good platform but I think when you’re dealing in such a lucrative business as blogging, you need to give people a longer try-before-you-buy. Maybe that’s me being cheap!
I’m not entirely sure that Bloglovin’ counts as a platform but I am going to use it as one as it has all of the features of one. It’s a mixture between Twitter and other blogging platforms as it’s more of a place to advertise your posts but you can link an entire post to your bloglovin account. You can follow people (Zoella uses this!) and use tags and photos as you would on WordPress. I’ve had a few people click on my posts and come to my blog from Bloglovin’ so it might be something for you guys to look into and see if you like it yourself! There’s nothing special about the design nor the interaction features but I know that a lot of people do use it.
So, there you have it! I hope this was an informative post for you guys. If you agree/disagree then please let me know!
P.S. Did you see my last post about Game of Thrones? Check it out!
P.P.S. I am 100% going to do my Taylor Swift style steal as the next post so keep an eye out for that!