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I’ve been switching between Blogger and WordPress for a long time until I finally settled on WordPress then went back to Blogger again! However, both of the blog services are very disappointing.

First of all, I like Blogger because it’s simple and easy-to-use. Adding and editing Page Elements like inserting pictures on your blog sidebar or making a list are straight-forward. Blogger also provides fun and useful widgets; you can also add your own html script.

But on WordPress, in order to just simply add a picture to my sidebar I had to go through many complicated tutorials, and deal with html. That was very upsetting.

Although Blogger doesn’t provide many templates, I could change my template any time and activate any downloaded template from the web for free. Whereas on WordPress (which has more templates), you have to upgrade your version in order to activate a downloaded template or change the color of the background of your blog. Thumbs-up for Blogger on this feature.

Many people have switched to WordPress because it is more professional; it has a powerful blog-statistics and comment moderation feature which Blogger does not have.

Also, the WordPress community is better connected and livelier than Blogger’s. On WordPress, you can easily search and find other WordPress blogs and know the most popular WordPress posts. It’s a worthy chance to get to know other bloggers.

WordPress’ dashboard is handier than Blogger’s: it has Support, Forums, and other.

WordPress has a more advanced categorizing system for your posts. You can add categories which are narrowed down to tags. On blogger it’s just categories. On WordPress, you could add a tag or category cloud.

I think the best feature on WordPress is the ability to add pages. Blogger users cannot do that.

I found it effortless to create my first blogs on both WordPress and Blogger.

Another thing I’ve realized is that most Blogger blogs are abandoned by their owners after writing just one or no posts. Some are dated back to 2006.
I’ve noticed that people who don’t write useful things for the community, like filling posts with family pictures or writing diaries in colloquial speech, lean towards Blogger.
Most WordPress users are more serious with their posts, but I’m not saying that all Blogger posts aren’t useful.

Blogger has more image storage than WordPress, but you could upgrade your storage on WordPress.

My conclusion:
WordPress definitely has more powerful features and options than Blogger, but things like cornering you to their plain templates unless you upgrade or making simple tasks difficult make you stop and appreciate Blogger.

Currently, it’s difficult to advise one between the two; it depends on how you blog and the services you prefer.

There is room for improvement for both of the blog providers.

If you’re concerned with how your blog looks, try Blogger. If you’re more into writing and don’t really mind the look of your blog, go for WordPress.

But what if I want you want powerful features AND a pretty blog (like me)? That’s a sticky situation.


Another good comparison: http://rob.orangejack.com/2006/03/02/comparing-bloggercom-to-wordpresscom/


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Hello everyone

Ok, this is going to be my new blog.

I’ve imported all my previous posts from Blogger and I will continue to update this one.



note: my previous blog was http://zawan.blogspot.com/

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I’ve started a new blog yesterday called The School Episode which will be about my experiences and opinions in grade nine. I’ll be covering topics like bullying, friends and cliques.

visit The School Episode

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windows live writer logo

Visit gallery.live to download Windows Live Writer plug-ins and goodies such as inserting files, Digg, what you’re listening to on itunes, facebook photos, emoticons, related posts and much more.

If you’re using WLW, you’ve got to see this.

Visit the WLW plug-ins gallery

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If you are a newbie at the blogosphere or you’ve recently created a blog, here are some tips and links (chosen by me) to help you get started in blogging:

What is a Blog?
Take the Blogger Tour
What is a Blog?

Blogging service
The most popular blogging services are Blogger and WordPress.
Both are good services, but I personally prefer Blogger.

If you’re a newbie and not into really into html, I highly recommend Blogger.

Also, if you want to host your blog on a custom domain, Blogger makes it much easier for you.

On the other hand, WordPress has more options than Blogger, like creating pages and categories; but you can still do those on Blogger in some way.

Blogger and WordPress comparison chart

There are great tutorials for WordPress and Blogger on the web.
Here are the best Blogger tutorial sites I know:

Bloggertricks.com (tutorials and templates)
Bloggerbuster.com (tutorials, widgets, templates)
Blogger’s YouTube channel
Blogger Help center
Blogger Help group

How to add a category roll on your Blogger blog
How to add Digg to Blogger posts

If you are an absolute newbie, this video will show you how to create a blog with Blogger

Tutorials for hosting Blogger on a custom domain:

Set up your Blogger custom domain

custom domain questions on Blogger Help

How I set up my blogger custom domain

Video: Setting up a custom domain on blogger (shows you how to fill the Advanced Blog Setup form on Blogger)

A widget is an add-on for the sidebar of your blog that makes reading your blog more enjoyable.

It can show your recent viewers, comments and posts, most popular posts, and other fun stuff.
Feedjit offers free live traffic feed and page popularity widgets, and other widgets (you don’t need to register)
Yahoo! Widgets have great widgets that require you to have a yahoo ID

Blog Post ideas
Tips for great blog posts or if you’ve run out of ideas for your next post:

Ten Tips for Writing a Blog Post
23 Great Ideas for Blog Posts
101 Blog Posting Ideas
Discover hundreds of post ideas for your blog with mind mapping
10 Killer Post Ideas

tip: Always update your blog frequently, because if people keep visiting you blog and not finding anything new, it gets disappointing and boring

Blogger Templates
Although WordPress and Blogger offer some pre-made templates, you can download some from other websites, free and paid.
Warning: Some template websites can harm your computer

70 fresh and modern Blogger templates
50 more beautiful Blogger templates
Fresh blogger templates

Desktop applications for publishing posts
Whether you’re on Blogger and WordPress, this is something I highly recommend.
Don’t publish your blog posts on that box offered on their websites. Windows Live Writer is a wonderful desktop application that allows you to publish and edit your blog posts, including inserting video, pictures and anything you want.

Also, Word 2007 allows you to create and publish your blog posts once you register your blog.

Read Publish your blog posts from Word 07 and WLW

Digg allows you to discover and share any kind of content on the web. All you have to do is submit it and if others like it, they’ll digg it. Digg some of your posts and make a link to your blog on your profile to get more visitors on your blog. If they like your content, they’ll digg it.
It’s even easier to allow people to digg your content while they’re on your blog; here’s how.

I hope this helps. I will be updating this post every time I find good links.

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A list of good blogs by young bloggers:

KidReviewer (movies, books and games reviews by a kid)

The Writing Pages (About writing, books, authors, reviews, and other)

Delve into the Mind of a Budding Blogger (poems, stories, humor, mystery, fiction…)

Nicole Blogs (pets, music, movies, and t.v. shows)

Andi’s Eye (stories and misc.)

Teen Baker (recipes from a 13 year old)

If you know a kid blog, don’t hesitate to write a comment.

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Blogger has this place where you type your new post, which I really dislike because

1. it’s too small and you’ll have to keep on strolling down to continue typing your post

2. It’s on the web. When you want to insert a picture it takes a long time (especially if your internet connection is slow)

3. It doesn’t offer much formatting opportunities. There are very few fonts which you can’t choose from and other problems.

Microsoft has released Windows Live Writer (WLW), a desktop application that allows you to write and publish blog posts to your blog. It also allows you to embed videos, too.

It works with WordPress, but when I tried to register my blog (on blogger), it didn’t work well and wouldn’t publish to my blog.

A lot of Blogger users have had problems with WLW.

Microsoft Office Word 2007 has made it possible to publish blog posts to your blog after you register your account (click new then blog post).

Yesterday was my lucky day because WLW worked by chance!

When I installed Word 2007… and wanted to register my blog (on Word) it said I had to verify my email (info@zawan.com), and the problem was I couldn’t log in on that email.

I created a new free hotmail account and verified it, so I was able to set up my blog on Word.

I thought I’d give WLW another shot, and it worked!

If you’re a Blogger user or any other blogging service, I highly recommend that you try either Windows Live Writer or Word 2007.

They’re something everybody should use and will enhance your blogging experience.

Windows Live Writer website

The Windows Live Writer team blog

Help with Blogging in Word

Note: I’m publishing this post from Word.

Windows Live Writer

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