As you’d guess, this is the first post in my brand new, shiny, impressive-to-me ‘blog’. Actually, I was just in need of a place to share my ideas with the world. And because I’m kinda in-to Paul Graham and ‘his’ startups, I went to Infogami a long time ago, and I liked it. This was the ‘good world': you could have your little site / wiki / blog, for free, easy, simple (it used Markdown in addition to raw HTML), powerful.
I started to create pages to tell the world something about myself. But as I created more, I felt the need for a blog-like structure, so readers would notice if I made a new page.
Unfortunately, Infogami isn’t very good for blogging. When you want to blog, you want people to be able to respond to your posts. That’s no problem at all in Infogami, just click the ‘comments’ button in the ‘everyone’ permissions row. But its simplicity paid off there: you then have comments enabled for all pages. And as it doesn’t feature comment moderation (noticed that spam in Infogami?) and I’m too lazy too check all pages for spam bots, it’s unsuitable for blogging. I’m not a fan of making people log in (and probably register first!), so that’s not an option either, although spam bots would probably just get a Hotmail account or so.
That’s why I went to find a good blog host. A visit to Wikipedia (yes, I’m one of those lame sheeps that only checks Wikipedia) redirected me to some comparison of blog software. It left me with two well-known blog ‘types’ to try: Blogger (owned by gigant Google), and WordPress. You know, WordPress, the software all those standard-but-nice-looking blogs have.
So I went to check it out, and it pleases me. It has features I couldn’t even imagine, and no ads at all! I mean, the latter suits me perfectly, I detest good-old Geocities banners too much to ever accept any on my site again. I would take any alternative, if there was one. (That’s a reason why I use Thunderbird instead of GMail.) For honesty, I also went to check out Blogger, but when it mentioned ads in the Quick Tour, I returned to my brand new WordPress blog.
And here I am, with my WordPress blog. Impressed by its features, I will now simply try to blog, and get productive with it.