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A running list of BlogSpot defectors

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 09, 2003

A running list of BlogSpot defectors.

Reader comments

jkottkeJun 09, 2003 at 5:59PM

Related to this is the BlogSpot Jihad.

ChoireJun 09, 2003 at 6:30PM

I promulgate a fatwa on the BlogSpot Jihad. (Also, wow, 2001 flashback.)

dowingbaJun 10, 2003 at 10:20AM

I wouldn’t feel so bad if I were you, meg. Blogger is a good program. But I think it’s definitely for “starters”. It’s incredibly easy to set up and, for the most part, free/cheap. Anyone serious about blogging should probably switch to Movable Type (as I notice even you have).

megnutJun 10, 2003 at 10:34AM

It’s the failure of BlogSpot and Blogger to reach its potential that makes me sad, and the subsequent defection of users because of its lack of improvement. I understand why people are leaving, but it’s upsetting to see how frustrated they are, and the apparent lack of response on Blogger’s part. Hence the :(

Greg GreeneJun 10, 2003 at 1:10PM

I agree, Meg. I reserved my first Blogger account in early 2000, and while I didn’t use it then, I thought Pyra had hit on something with massive potential. Then 2001 went by, and 2002 … and nothing changed. The service never grew up.

I dumped it last month. Waiting for the upgrade was a nonstarter — I tried to hold on, but Blogspot got worse by the day. The startling part is that I don’t even miss it — Movable Type, which I switched to, has all the capabilities I need.

The whole story reminds me of the one-liner describing what a Rhodes Scholar is: a man with a great future behind him. Six Apart is the company Pyra should have been.

dowingbaJun 10, 2003 at 1:26PM

The hope of Blogger/blogspot users is that Google now owns it and, with their infinite money, may one day fix it up. The “new Blogger” is definitely alot better (I tried it out), but the archiving still has major flaws. The Blogger website is pretty screwed up as well. It just needs to get organized in some way shape or form.

Sorel Katherine Feb 27, 2004 at 4:35PM

You cannot learn without already knowing.

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.