September 01, 2006

Blogger vs. Warwick Blogs

I’ve been playing around with Google’s Blogger recently (for want of something better to do) although I haven’t really posted much, as you can see.

Having used Warwick Blogs and played with Blogger I can’t help feeling that Warwick Blogs is better, but I can’t put my finger on why…

What does anyone else think?


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  1. Blogger allows you to be anonymous though

    01 Sep 2006, 15:17

  2. WB is much cleverer, although it might cause problems for ‘novice’ users (i.e. not University students/staff)

    01 Sep 2006, 15:33

  3. Blogger allows you to be anonymous though

    True, but while you can’t stop people knowing who you are, you can stop people being able to contact you…

    WB is much cleverer

    Warwick Blogs’ sidebar content is definately better (Blogger can’t do Flickr photos, for one…) and Blogger doesn’t appear to have Favourite Blogs.

    Maybe it’s all these little things that make WB better, rather than anything big…

    01 Sep 2006, 15:49

  4. the sidebar is the single thing that is making it almost impossible to make the blogs look good. Does anyone actually use the favourites view, or do they just use the favourites as convenient links to their favourite blogs? Because making that favourites view look good is pretty hellish too.

    Warwick Blogs has more features and better features, but currently their implementation is rough around the edge and need a lot of work.

    01 Sep 2006, 16:25

  5. the sidebar is the single thing that is making it almost impossible to make the blogs look good

    How do you mean?

    Does anyone actually use the favourites view

    I don’t really; as you say, I just use the handy links…

    01 Sep 2006, 16:28

  6. Sidebars on the blogs have a tendancy to be rediculously long, it’s difficult to make the favourites part of the sidebar look good because the link that people actually want to use is the little grey box rather than the actual text, i’d really like to scrap the grey box and just use the text as a link.

    In general though the problem is that all the sidebar items are active by default, rather than being optional extras.

    01 Sep 2006, 17:01

  7. one day i’ll learn to spell ridiculous properly.

    01 Sep 2006, 17:04

  8. Sidebars on the blogs have a tendancy to be rediculously long

    I had that problem with my website, too…

    the link that people actually want to use is the little grey box rather than the actual text

    I know I do…

    one day i’ll learn to spell ridiculous properly.

    Perhaps a Spell Checker of some sort for Warwick Blogs would be handy…

    01 Sep 2006, 17:35

  9. Sidebars on the blogs have a tendancy to be rediculously long

    Perhaps the same idea for comments on the main page could work for sidebar content; having it hidden but with a fancy sliding reveal…

    01 Sep 2006, 17:37

  10. Does anyone actually use the favourites view, or do they just use the favourites as convenient links to their favourite blogs?

    I actually do use the favourites view when I’ve been gone for a while. It gives me a good overview to see what my favs have been up to recently. But you’re right, even when stealing your CSS to style my blog, the favourites page is a pain.

    01 Sep 2006, 18:52

  11. I like not having adverts on my blog

    No adverts is great, but as far as I know they’re as optional on Blogger as they are here (it should be a simple enough task to add Google AdSense to a custom sidebar section)

    I like your blog’s header, by the way; Ulysses 31 is great…

    01 Sep 2006, 20:35

  12. Does anyone actually use the favourites view, or do they just use the favourites as convenient links to their favourite blogs?

    I use the favourites view almost exclusively. Too much irrelevance and/or crap on “all new entries” and too many favourites to be bothered going through them all to see who’s posted in the last day or two. My two Favourites pages, My Comments and the WB front page (“Hot Topics”) are all I look at.

    01 Sep 2006, 21:42

  13. I have to say my usage is almost identical to Simon’s, and have many friends whose usage is very similar.

    01 Sep 2006, 21:56

  14. Google AdSense doesn’t work on WB (trust me, I’ve tried), but Amazon Associates does.

    01 Sep 2006, 22:51

  15. Well AdSense uses javascript, Amazon is just a URL

    01 Sep 2006, 23:06

  16. How hard can it be to get AdSense working? I’ve got Google Analytics working just fine on my blog, man my footer div is doing all the work.

    01 Sep 2006, 23:53

  17. Time well wasted, I’d say…

    02 Sep 2006, 00:32

  18. Mathew Mannion

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    A reason why WB is better…

    04 Sep 2006, 10:02


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