Thursday, 28 March 2013

Blogging Platforms


When it comes to blogging there are so many platforms that have been built to help bloggers make the best blog. I am obviously familiar with Blogger and for the past couple of months I have been using tumblr. Before we speak about different blogging platforms let us define what blogging is.

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blog: a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.

Something that is missing from that definition is photographs. More people are using blogging platforms to show off their new found photography skills. But I guess the etc covers all of that.

In order to discover which platform will be best for your, I have decided to categorise the different types of blogs one could create.
  1. Music
    • A music blog would be a blog where one either distributes his or her own music or talks about music and has album reviews etc. Because you will be uploading videos and songs you need a platform that will enable you to do all that in one blog post.
  2. News
    • A news blog would need several sections. One for breaking news, normal reporting every hour and different categories such as sport and entertainment. For a blog that follows a news format, you would need a very comprehensive platform that will allow several pages and the ability to move through these pages with ease. Various media is usually used to report news so you need to be able to add all those plugins.
  3. Personal/Diary
    • Personal blogs are obviously personal to each individual blogger and should be unique to each blogger. The type of blogging platform you will use depends on what type of diary you want to have. It could be a photo diary, or you could have a digital Dear Diary. Whatever it is you chose, make sure the platform caters to everything you wish to tell the world.
  4. Photography
    • Photography blogs obviously focus on photographs. It is always best to use a platform and layout that displays your photographs in their original size or as big as possible. Depending on the type of photographer you are, you might also want to categorise your photographs so make sure the platform allows tags.
  5. Professional
    • Professional blogs are those created for companies, businesses or famous people who are more like a brand than celebrity. Because of content, not all professional blogs will look the same, but the one thing they do have in common is that they need to be professional which may mean that they will need several plugins to make it run smoothly. Make sure you chose a versatile platform.
  6. Vlog
    • A V-log which is also known as a video log is a blog that just contains videos. There are several types of platforms, which aren't necessarily blogging platforms that can help with this, as they only focus on videos.
  7. Website
    • Websites need to be able to employ almost every single plugin available to one on the internet. There need to be several pages and the blog posts need to be interactive. Conventional blogging platforms are not always the best choice so make sure you have planned your whole website out before choosing a platform.
Below is a list of al the various social networks, blogging platforms and content sharing sites that can allow you to create and expand your blogging empire.
  1. Conventional Blogging Platforms
    • These are platforms that can be used to create a blog like mine. It is best to use this platform when you would like to create a versatile blog posts that include videos, text, audio, photos and anything else to enhance a readers experience
  2. Content Sharing
    • Content sharing is not necessarily seen as blogging. It can be seen as an aid for blogs. You can use a content sharing site to extend your reach with readers.
  3. Microblogging and Social Networks
    • Please do not consider microblogging and the usage of social networks as blogging. As I said with content sharing they are an aid for your blog and help extend your blog's presence on the internet. No blog can perform properly without at least one social network.
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Conventional Blogging Platforms
Blogger
Live Journal
Jux
Tumblr
Weebly
Wordpress

Content Sharing Sites
Myspace
Sound Cloud
Vimeo
YouTube

Mircoblogging and Social Networks
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
The Best Platforms for Your Blog
Conventional Blogging Platforms Content Sharing Microblogging and Social Networks
Blogger Live Journal Jux Tumblr Weebly Wordpress Myspace Sound Cloud Vimeo YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter
Music
News
✓ *
Personal/Diary
Photography
Professional
✓ * ✓ * ✓ * ✓ * ✓ *
Vlog
Website
✓ *
*depends on content of blog

I know I have mentioned many different blogging platforms and I have not gone into depth with all of them but hopefully the table above will help you make an informed decision. Blogging is about trial and error so do not lose hope if the first blog you create is a disaster. I have deleted many blogs in my time and played around with various blog templates.

If you are unsure of which blog platform will suit your blog, feel free to send me a mail and I'll help you out.

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