A 11 years ago on this day a man named Evan Williams set out on a quest to make blogging easier. After much thought, sweat and hard work he introduced the world to Blogger, which was later on assimilated by Google.
Fast forward to today and Blogger is the number one platform in the world (according to Quantcast) and despite the rise of Tumblr as well as WordPress, Google’s favorite child still holds the crown as king of the blogging platforms.
While Blogger is celebrating the occasion by encouraging blogspot fans to hold blogger fiesta’s around the world, here are 11 reasons why many users love Blogger, and why they continue to use Google’s blogging platform over its rivals.
1) Unlimited Video Uploading
In 2007 Google unveiled video uploading for Blogspot fans, allowing them to share their multimedia lives without embracing YouTube.
2) Image Hosting On The Cheap
Although you provide users with a gig of space, the fact that you are willing to sell 19 more GB’s for only $5/year pretty much explains why my non-geek friends continue to use your service (despite my WordPress pestering).
3) CAPTCHA Free Comment Sections
Now my friends no longer have to outsource to Disqus in order to receive interaction from yours truly.
4) Theme Designing For Dummies
Instead of releasing numerous themes in the hopes that your fans would make their sites pretty, you went one step further by launching Blogger Template Designer, a feature I have yet to see duplicated on any other platform.
5) iBlogging On The Go
Although if you ever want to create an official iPhone (as well as Android) app, we’ll be here waiting to review it. ;-)
6) Widgets Galore
If WordPress is known for having numerous plugins, Blogger is known for its large selection of widgets, a feature many of my blogspot friends love.
Although they are not exactly the same as WordPress plugins, they do help you stand out from every other platform under the sun.
7) Live Stats For The Blogoholic
Blogger Live Stats is second to none (as any honest analytical blog geek will admit), and is one feature many of my BlogSpot friends enjoy about Blogger (especially now that you’ve rolled out the service to the masses).
8) Social Sharing For Everyone?
Even though other platforms (like WordPress and OnSugar) came out with similar features later on, your early embrace helped initiate a trend.
9) Problogging On The Cheap
Despite your enormous burden hosting everyone’s content, you still don’t charge bloggers for using your platform, even if they decide to blog under their own domain.
10) FeedBurner Love
Blogger’s early embrace of FeedBurner helped spark a trend upon many blog platforms, who now allow bloggers to replace their default feeds with FeedBurner (giving users a greater understanding of their subscribers).
11) Google Reader Blog Rolls
The fact that a BlogSpot fan can easily add a blog to their blogroll by subscribing to them via Google Reader is awesome.
This by itself is a time saver as it prevents your blog from being flooded with requests to add ones blog to the sidebar (even after informing them that you’ve subscribed to their site).
Do you use Blogger?
Do you love Blogger? If so, what features do you love the most? And are you planning to meetup with fellow BlogSpot fans today?
If so, feel free to share your opinions, stories, etc. (and if you are planning on meeting up, let us know by blogging about it!).
Author: Darnell Clayton
Darnell Clayton is a geek who discovered blogging long before he heard of the word “blog” (he called them “web journals” then).
When he is not tweeting, friendfeeding, or blogging about space, he enjoys running, reading and describing himself in third person.