Which Blog Platform to Choose? Comparison Chart
The question on everyone’s mind lately seems to be — “Should I move to WordPress.org?” I think this recent issue is spurned by Google shutting down Google Reader. Will they one day do this to Blogger? The “not knowing” of the situation gets a lot of people thinking. What would happen if Google did shut-down Blogger? Freak out? Yes.
This brings up the question, which platform is better? Should you just ignore the Blogger shut-down rumors? (I would I highly doubt they would take-out Blogger)
To decide whether to move or stay on Blogger or another similar platform you have to ask a few questions of yourself. You need to know what you want, what you need and what you can afford. Each platform has pros and cons, figure out which ones you can’t live with out or want desperately, how much is within your budget and that will give you your answer.
I can tell you why I switched to WordPress.org – Control. I wanted control over my blogging environment. One black-out for a day was all it took. My blog just went bye-bye for 24 hours with no explanation from Google. There was no one to call, just a forum where you ask a question and WAIT for an answer. Hell-to-the-no. I switched and I’ve never regretted it. If I have blog issues there is a number I call, I wait ten minutes then there is a nice customer service person walking me through how to fix it. I love that. But, again you have to decided what you need and want. I hope this list helps point you in the right direction.
Good luck and if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments or tweet me up.
Question of the Week:
“With it being Tax season I was wondering how you recommend reporting your blog earnings on your taxes? (ie: Tax ID #’s and such)” – Jen K Jovus
Now I am not an expert on taxes. But, I did ask my tax person a few questions this year. By earning money through my blog it becomes technically a business. I am a sole proprietorship, meaning, it is just me, myself and I running this business and I do things under my social security number. I have been advised to file an LLC, or Limited Liability Company, though, just in case of a suit filed against me. I personally doubt a lawsuit would ever be filed against me, but of course you never know. Maybe I’ll anger an author so bad with a bad review they’ll sue me for defamation. Who knows. I’m not a lawyer, couldn’t even play one on television.
Now about filing. I received 1099s from BlogAds, Amazon and Paypal this year. Fun right? They all 1099 if you make a certain amount of money. If they 1099 you – you legally have to file with your taxes. Report that you earned money and unfortunately pay taxes on that money earned. But – and a big but there — if you are reporting your blog as a business — you also get to claim blog expenses on your taxes. Awesome, right?! This includes, but of course ask your tax specialists for the final say:
BOOKS! Yup – I asked him if I could and he said YES!! I use them to blog. Does a freakin’ dance of joy!
Tools like Linky tools, Flickr accounts, plugins, themes etc purchased
If you spent money on your blog – you can claim it. Keep receipts though.
Book Blogger News:
A new rash of giveaway cheating has been reported again from a few different blogs. Users are creating fake Facebook accounts and entering the giveaways over and over again. This is usually discovered by checking IP address in your Rafflecopter widgets. Stay wary my friends. My My Shelf & I had a great post on how to check/pick winners.
There is no end to the insanity.
Please don’t go to their site, but the unstable group behind the Stop the GR Bullies have taken their level of “vengeance” against reviewers to an all-time low. They are searching for employers and reporting their actions to these employers. People I can’t stress how important it is to keep your online activity in check, especially when at work. Depending on your employer and their level of micro-managment if they have someone emailing them about your internet usage during work hours it could result in you losing your job. The STGRB people know this and they capitalize on this. It is a shame, but it looks like it will be more and more a part of our lives in the future. Employers insisting on Facebook access…targeted social network attacks by hate groups and drama-mongers. The STGRB as usual couldn’t come up with an original idea, they were actually inspired by the actions of a group called Bullyville, who recently “bullied the bullies” a group of Twitter-harassers that took to attacking reality star Kate Gosselin. Reporting them all to their employers and posting their information on their website. Address, phone numbers…that sort of thing. Fun stuff. My advice on this matter, try to keep things civil and always be aware of the repercussions of your actions. If you could get in trouble for engaging in internet activity from your work, wait until you get home. Everyone has a right to Freedom of Speech, but from a moral stand-point you should always make sure that what you say is something that you will be proud of in the future. Love not hate people, no matter how much that person gets under your skin. I feel sorry for the people that are consumed with Hate, what a very exhausting life.
Letting Parajunkee Talk in Public…?
I was asked to be a part of a panel at BEA’s Blogger conference and have accepted. So, if you are attending BEA in May, come say “hi.” I’ll be talking about Blogging platforms, something I guess I know a bit about. The Blogger conference is a 1 day Session that is held on March 29th. Check it out here.
Happy Thursday. Talk Less. Read More. Blog with Integrity.Have a question? Fill out the form by clicking here. This will go into a spreadsheet to be looked over at a later date and hopefully answered on this blog. This is completely anonymous, you do not have to leave your real name. Urls will not be included in your question unless it pertains to the question.