Thursday, May 9, 2013

Web 2.0 Blog Rebooted

As I suspected when I began my Web 2.0 experiment, my blogging platform of choice has gone away and left me to reboot my blog once again. I'd dumped my self hosted blog for Posterous for two reasons. I just wasn't finding the enthusiasm to keep playing with Drupal and I wondered if it was really okay to recommend using all these Web 2.0 start ups in place of a self hosted platform with all that ability to precicely tweak the code or even write brand new tools from scratch.

Posterous had great tools for sharing photos and videos as text and I quite liked their Android app. Best of all, it would automatically push out my creations to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and lots of other Web 2.0 sites. And then Twitter bought the company and shut it all down on short notice.

Maybe I should have gone with good old WordPress. There would be lots of opportunities to use the skills I developed helping others with their WordPress sites. And unlike Posterous, if I decided to go back to my own blog again, I could just host my own installation of WordPress. In fact, my hosting provider, Dreamhost, will even handle the installation process for me!

Instead, I've decided to keep with my theme by moving to another proprietary if less apt to disappear platform: Blogger. So far, I'm not seeing as much integration with other services (not even YouTube!) and the Android app seems to have temporarily lost some of the blog posts I'd queued up to finish and publish later (They're back, but I'm writting this one in Evernote.). But I liked some of the customization features when I was setting up the initial look of my blog and integrating it with my domain name couldn't have been easier. I still need to see if I can recreate my old blog posts with their dates intact as I did with the move to Posterous, but I'm pleased with my initial experience.