Inoperable Terran says, “I’m getting to where I won’t bother to link to people on Blogspot” anymore because they’re down so often. It’s really a shame that blogspot has been unable to keep up with the demands on their servers. I was really hoping the Google takeover was going to help. Maybe it will in the long run. But right now, BlogSpot is the AOL of the blogosphere. It’s not a bad starting point for someone trying to decide if they’re going to like blogging–it’s free and pretty easy to use–but it quickly becomes frustrating once you get going.

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  1. PoliBlogger says:

    Ouch! “the AOL of the Blogosphere”

    More incentive for me to move, I guess!

  2. Yeah, there seems to be quite a few problems with Blogger but I’ll endeavor to persevere a little longer.

  3. James Joyner says:

    I actually coined the term “AOL of the blogosphere” way back on April 3rd.

    And, not much choice but to persevere with Blogger if you’re on BlogSpot. It won’t accomodate MT.

  4. Romulus says:

    Well, I’m gradually working my way to other alternatives. Downloaded MT a little while ago but at this early stage it appears somewhat complicated to install on server. Will study on it a while and decide.

  5. Ian S. says:

    MT’s actually quite easy to install, just the documentation is a bit intimidating at first 🙂 For people looking to escape Blogspot, let me plug the Terran’s current host Total Choice Hosting. They’re inexpensive, they have great fast servers and bandwidth, and one of their admins is a major Movable Type plugin author. So you *know* MT runs great on their systems 🙂

  6. Jay Solo says:

    Ick. Being a user of something that can be compared to AOL sure is humbling. And when it came to internet service, I never was a “beginner” who needed AOL-like straitjacketing – er, I mean, ease of use. I went straight from using a BBS with Blue wave Offline Reader to having my own “real” ISP.

    One of these days I figure I’ll try MT, probably setup in the office an intranet site to try it on first…