I have always had a strong desire to conduct experiments (I believe that I have the potential for becoming an enigmatic, mad scientist).
Anyway, in regards to conducting experiments in the blogosphere, I discovered some really interesting things.
For the record, I do not believe everything that I read; especially all of the conflicting information about blogging.
Unfortunately, the internet is still filled with lots of biases about blogging platforms; for example, you will find an article that says that a certain blogging platform is great and you will encounter another article with a contradictory point of view about the same blogging platform.
I have often wondered, “Should I believe Article A or Article B?”
I am sure that a lot of bloggers have encountered the same thing.
So, I have no choice but to conduct an experiment — the type of experiment that will help me to decipher which of the two articles is really telling me the truth.
Besides, anyone with a mind of their own will not believe everything that they have read on the internet. The person would examine the various theories with the intentions of finding out the ones that are true and the ones that are false.
Also, I figured out on my own, the blogging platform that is most suitable for me.
Blogger Was Worth My Time
If you have ever browsed the search engines on information pertaining to Blogger, some articles will tell you that Blogger is a very good blogging platform and other articles will tell you that you should not waste your time on Blogger.
Okay, I will admit, that Blogger is a bit old-fashioned.
But, Blogger is still a good blogging platform.
I experimented with Blogger and I got more than I had bargained for.
I enjoyed the flexibility; I utilised the option of uploading my own theme on Blogger (Which at the time was a very big deal for me).
And, I also enjoyed the perks of having 15 GB of free storage space from Google Plus (Which is what the bloggers on Blogger had access to).
The free plan on WordPress.com only has 3 GB of storage space (Which is laughable in comparison to what is offered by Blogger).
Blogger’s dashboard was very easy to use (And, I am guessing that it is still easy to use).
Blogger is one of those blogging platforms that is ideal for beginners.
I managed to gain some followers on Blogger; but it was pretty small in comparison to the number of followers that I had on my first blog on WordPress.
I noticed that blogs on Blogger do not gain popularity as quickly as blogs on WordPress (One can easily find the types of blogs that they are interested in on WordPress via the WordPress.com Reader, while the ‘Next Blog’ button on Blogger navigated their users to blogs that they were not interested in).
Believe it or not, a lot of bloggers on Blogger only became aware of each other until they joined blogging groups on Facebook or whenever they accidentally found a blog that they liked while they were searching for something on Google.
Those people who were in the habit of promoting the living daylights out of their Blogger blog, saw a bit of success.
I have noticed that the blogs that specialised in arts and craft, veganism, book reviews and spirituality, did well on Blogger.
I have no regrets of ever experimenting with Blogger, because it turned out to be a very enjoyable experience.
What about you?
Have you ever experimented with Blogger?
I Was Never Fond Of Medium
Medium is a clean, minimalistic-looking publishing platform; it is favoured by a lot of writers.
The deal-breaker for me was Medium not having a proper commenting system.
And, whenever you left someone a comment, it would be stored as a short post among your list of posts (I did not like that, because I am accustomed to seeing posts in their designated area and comments in their own designated area).
I am speculating that the folks over at Medium wanted to try something that was totally different from all of the other blogging platforms on the internet.
Back then, I used Medium as a platform to showcase some of my work on Blogger (A lot of bloggers were repurposing their content on Medium).
I rarely used Medium and since I was not fond of it, I ended up deleting my account on Medium.
For the record, Medium is a wonderful place to show off your writing skills.
However, a person is much better off using a traditional blogging platform like WordPress or Blogger to showcase their articles.
Ironically, there are people who publish their articles solely on Medium (Hey, if you are on Medium and your articles are loved by your fellow writers on Medium, you might as well stick with that publishing platform).
Also, I do not think that Medium is going to vanish from cyberspace anytime soon.
People love Medium and the folks over at Medium have marketed their publishing platform rather well.
Have you ever experimented with Medium?
I Was Tempted To Publish Long-Form Content On Tumblr
Approximately two years ago, I was tempted to publish long-form content on Tumblr.
Yes, I know that is one very crazy idea, because Tumblr was originally created for the purpose of micro-blogging.
I thought about turning Tumblr upside down by posting articles that were within the range of 2000 words.
Luckily for me (and for the Tumblr community), I never went through with the crazy experiment.
I also noticed that there was a very high percentage of pornographic material on Tumblr (That deterred me from doing anything with Tumblr and the account was deleted as fast as it was created).
Have you ever experimented with Tumblr?
WordPress Was Always Impressive
I knew that WordPress was impressive before I joined it.
Back in the days of blogging on Blogger, I used to visit a lot of blogs on WordPress; I saw themes that were well-put-together and when I saw the ‘Like’ button for the first time, I said to myself, “Wow! Blogger can do with one of those!”
Anyone from Blogger who sees a blog on WordPress for the first time, will be impressed with the modern look that WordPress has (Especially, if they never uploaded a modern-looking theme to their own blog on Blogger).
I will always remember the day, when I created my first WordPress blog (I would want to believe that most WordPress users would remember what their experience was like when they created their WordPress blog for the first time). I spent a very long period looking at the vast collection of WordPress themes with the intentions of choosing the most appropriate one for my blog.
But, when I came back to WordPress, I noticed that there were way less free themes available (And, as a result, I did not have to spend almost an eternity trying to figure out which theme to use).
I also found out that WordPress was still a great place to blog and that the WordPress community is still comprised of supportive people.
The only bad thing being: that I discovered that a large percentage of my friends who blogged on WordPress back in 2012 gave up on blogging (I was not at all surprised, because it is very rare for a blog to survive six gruesome years in the blogosphere).
And, to be quite honest, I missed WordPress (It was only a matter of time before the prodigal son returned home).
WordPress is a wonderful blogging platform for bloggers of all levels; it does not matter if a person is a beginner, an intermediate or a truly advanced blogger.
There is no blogging platform on the planet quite like WordPress.
Most people who have experimented with WordPress have nice things to say about it (And, most articles on the internet had very nice things to say about WordPress too).
There is nothing wrong in checking out the various blogging platforms.
Because, checking them out lets you know which one of those blogging platforms is right for you.
Another important factor to remember is, that you cannot rely fully on the reviews that were posted on the internet about various blogging platforms (You have to test them out and come to your very own conclusion).
Have you ever experimented with any other blogging platform other than WordPress?
If your answer is, “Yes,” please tell me all about it via the comments section of my blog.
And, thank you so kindly for reading.