Pingdom.com has written an excellent analysis of the top platforms that the 100 most popular blogs use. It’s an interesting article that’s worth reading, but if you’re starting your e-portfolio as a blog, keep in mind that the top 100 blogs are not run by students who are self-reflecting. (I say this just to remind you to consider your needs with this e-space when choosing your platform, which may be different from the needs these blogs have.)
I have had many questions about what the best blog platform is. The answer can be an easy one or a complex one. The easy answer: use whichever blog platform you’re most comfortable using. For those who don’t know where to start, though, let me break down some differences I’ve experienced in several of the most popular platforms amongst students at ASC.
Tumblr: has awesome themes. They look really cool. They don’t have nearly as many perks as WordPress, like stats or commenting functions, but I imagine with more use, they might get there. One student decided she wanted to start using Tumblr though because of the lack of stats–she said it would help her write for herself, as opposed to writing for her readers. I encourage you to sign up and play with it–it is free!
Blogger: I haven’t actually used Blogger, but the only real benefit I see in using it over Tumblr or WordPress is that you’ll have the same log-in for your gmail and your blog. For those who forget logins or hate having multiple accounts, this could be a good reason to use it. But from what I hear, it’s not nearly as robust as WordPress and in my opinion, not nearly as pretty, either.
WordPress: I love WordPress. It’s professional, customizable, upgradable. It also has a pretty great help forum. And as you can see in the lovely chart, it is also the most popular platform for the Top 100 Blogs. (Do note, though, that those are using wordpress.org, not wordpress.com… use .org if you already have a domain name, like shannonyarbrough.org; .com is the completely free option).
If you’ve already started your blog/e-portfolio, which platform are you using? What do you like most or least about it?