I started off my "blogging career" using Microsoft’s platform and it’s been good to me. It’s easy to post, there are good options and widgets for managing your "space", decent web storage and so forth.
However, I really just fell into the MS solution with almost no planning. That alone calls for me to evaluate where I am and where I’m going, in terms of a blogging platform. There are also two important limitations that bother me right now vis-à-vis Windows Live Spaces.
First, I can’t get very good statistics. There are stats but the detail is often truncated and not presented in a way that allows for any kind of analysis. There no sorting or export capability. I get many blog ideas based on the kind of information people find (or especially fail to find) when they search my blog. It’s very hard to use lives spaces for that.
Second, there does not seem to be any mechanism to "monetize" a windows live space blog. In fact, in order to get rid of MS ads (from which I derive no benefit), I need to actually pay Microsoft. (At least, that’s how I understand it; I have been unable to get definitive answers to this and questions like it).
Now that I’ve got an established pattern and set of blogging habits, I want to evaluate other options. I’ve done some research and there are a lot of choices, but I’m curious as to what other people, particularly others in the SharePoint community (as bloggers or readers), like to use.
If this subject interests you and you have an opinion or are willing to share your experience, please leave a comment or email me directly.