Friday, December 7

Getting Ready for Christmas in Room 206

This is a post written for the purpose of testing Blogger. I'm considering moving Room 206 over here.

Blogger has its pluses and minuses.

On the plus side, Blogger gives me much more control over the look of the page than Wordpress. I still have to work from one of their templates (and there aren't very many to choose from) but I can change and tweak the colors and the banner at the top quite a bit. It is easier to diddle with the look of the posts, too. Things like font colors, size, style and

arrangement on the page are pretty simple.

I can also turn off all the stuff I don't want like rss feeds and even comments, to keep the page from looking cluttered. You can accomplish this on Wordpress by picking an appropriate template, but it's never a template I like.

The things Blogger doesn't provide are:

  1. Extra, tabbed pages so that you can have static sections of the blog for specific purposes or topics. These make your blog look and function a little more like a website, and are pretty much standard on Wordpress.
  2. Easy sizing and uploading of headers and pictures. Wordpress excels here. In Blogger you have to go through lots of trial and error to get things just the right size.
  3. As mentioned before, Blogger doesn't give you many templates to work with, but I like this one pretty well. I can design new color schemes seasonally or whatever.
  4. Blogger is slower to load and can be buggy. It gets hung up fairly often, especially when uploading pictures, and sometimes gives you bizarre error messages. Usually just shutting it down and waiting a few minutes solves it, but I am impatient with that sort of thing.
I guess I like the freedom that Blogger gives me to manipulate the look of things, but it isn't as easy and pleasant to use overall.

So, how important do you think looks are? Are they worth some inconvenience? And what do you think of this layout?

5 comments:

Liisa Mannery said...

This is a test comment.

Liisa Mannery said...

This a second test.

Natalie said...

This is a third test... just kidding!
Hi! I wanted to thank you for following Calamity Kim's decree... she's hilarious and a sweetheart, and I honestly did not pay her to drum-up comments for me.
I am going to follow your process as you decide between Wordpress and Blogspot. We get frustrated with Blogger too, but we shudder at the idea of making a move.

Loudlife said...

Hey, welcome to blogspot-land!

I know nothing about other services, but I've been happy with blogspot. I have experienced the slowness, but I've gotten that when I've visited some Typepad friends, too. I've never had the freezing thing happen, though.

One thing I would say, is that when you switch to a different template it can sometimes screw up your format - a lot. So I've decided to stick with my template and just change as much as I can - when I'm in the mood for change. It's worked out pretty well for me.

It's funny, it never even occurred to me to do a test comment. It probably should have, but I guess I just flew by the seat of my pants as usual.

I hope this works out well for you! I'll try to make it to the next Friday event!

Laurie

brsmaryland said...

I think your blogger blog looks just fine! As a blog reader, I don't notice much difference btwn the different hosts re: pages loading. It may be different on the creating end.