So wordpress does not let users edit the template. In plain English, this means that I can’t add specialized widgets to my blog, say some of the Technorati tagging tools.
This means I can’t optimize the blog by doing all the things I know I should be doing.
So why did I choose wordpress? Easy- my Blogger name was already taken. Of course, when I signed up with wordpress, I assumed the template would be editable- big mistake.
One prof in college called this ‘assumicide’- just because something should be one way, unless you have checked it out, don’t believe it.
So sometime soonish I will be switching to moveable type. $5/month, simple to use. If you are looking to start a blog, look at blogger first- only use something else if your name there is taken.
Of course, you can always buy your own domain name, say at GoDaddy, and that is a better branding move than using one of the generic names (like allforyou.wordpress.com). It is not expensive, less than $20. Sadly, allforyou.com is taken.
UPDATE 2/21/07: Though I wrote this back in October, it still gets tons of traffic. Because Google loves it. And since I have written this, I am still with WordPress.
Intertia mostly. I have a blog area set up on Moveable Type, but I have to build a template for it, whereas I can post here whenever I want. And I have a bit of Google juice- not a lot, but enough to make it a bit painful to move.
Now that I have been blogging for more than 4 months, I would have to recommend Moveable Type as the best software for business blogging. It ain’t free, but it is the best.
Meanwhile I will be on wordpress, where the switching costs are greater than the hassles.
Note also: I now care less about Technorati widgets than about getting Google Analytics installed. I don’t know how accurate the WordPress analytics dashboard is- I would love to test it side by side with Google’s.