The what now?
Well, I’ve found myself looking at the URL field in the web browser, and if it isn’t a dedicated domain for the blog in question, then I’m a bit less forgiving. Basically, let’s say I give the average blog 60 seconds to convince me that I should stick around. Well, then a Blogger hosted blog would probably get just 30 seconds… Silly, but there you go.
Obviously, I’m a domain elitist.
I’m basing this course of action on the fact that if you’re not committed enough to buy a $6 domain, then you probably haven’t got the right commitment in you content-wise either.
Am I wrong?
Sometimes, absolutely! Then again, it’s hard to argue with this course of actions since 99% of all Blogger hosted blogs suck (actual percentage may vary), and although the level of quality is a bit higher on WordPress.com, Vox, and some others (not MySpace’s nor Facebook’s bloggy parts), it sure doesn’t reach the same height as the ones who actually cash out for a domain.
Which is, again, silly, since it’s $6/year – or less!
I don’t mind people hosting their blogs with, say, WordPress.com, and points their domain there. In my book they’ve showed dedication and a course of “seriousness” or whatever. Quality and commitment isn’t in the hosting account, it’s in the fact that you value your content, brand, writing, everything.
That being said, some Blogger hosted blogs do catch me in those 30 seconds. Sometimes that enough.
Are you a domain elitist, or how do you tackle these things?
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.