September 10, 2003

Hmm Interesting Blogger bucks premium-services trend.

Google-owned Web log-creation site Blogger is eliminating its paid version and folding premium functions into its free service, bucking a trend toward making people pay for Web site extras.

Now here is some news that actually affects me. I’ve been a Blogger Free user for a year and a half. I was never interested in Blogger Pro, mostly because of the price, but also because Blogger Free did everything I needed. I give it a chunk of text, it makes everything purdy and puts it on the web for me. Job completed. I knew that Blogger Pro had some extra features; I mean, it had to, right? People were paying for it, so surely they were getting something more than I was. RSS, probably. What else? I had no idea. Didn’t interest me. Life was good.

Now I’m getting basically a free upgrade to Blogger Pro. I still don’t know what all is included. RSS would be nice, I guess. It seems like everybody else’s site has an RSS feed, but since I never subscribe to RSS feeds or use an aggregator that was never a make-or-break for me. Now that Blogger is going to offer it to everyone, I might as well use it. Other features? I guess I’ll find out about them as they come online. I don’t do my writing in Blogger anyway. I have my own page that I built for writing these entries. I was never happy with the limited editing controls that most of the blogging software out there give you, so I made my own and called it the Blog-O-Matic 3000. I took all the special characters and tags that I find myself using when I write, like <blockquote>, “curly quotes”, and em and en dashes, and built them all into my editing controls. I do all my writing there, run it through a little script that converts line breaks to paragraph tags, and then copy the whole mess and drop it into Blogger, intact. So if there are any new editing tags in Blogger Pro I probably won’t be making use of them anyway. It’s always nice to get something that you never had before, though, and I’m sure that there will be one or two surprises in Blogger Pro that I won’t know how I ever lived without.

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