I started this blog in 2005, and back then, it was pretty much either WordPress or Blogger. WordPress seemed more customizable, especially since I had a hosting plan where I could host my own blog and dive in to the underlying PHP if I wanted to, so it seemed like the right platform for me at the time.
As the micro blogging platforms emerged, I realized that they were more appropriate for most of my posts (many were little more than a link with a short blurb on why I thought it was important). Furthermore, I could reach different audiences via different channels: Facebook for friends and family, Twitter for quasi professional exchanges, Del.ico.us and Google Reader for sharing important articles, etc. I’ve tried them all, and in the process have created a very fractured online identity.
It was starting to get out of hand, so I finally decided to take advantage of all the modern APIs and syndication formats to wrangle my content into a central repository, but where? I could immediately rule out most of the services that I was such as Facebook, Twitter, Del.ico.us, and the Google services (Profiles, Buzz, Picasa)as they simply weren’t up to the task of incorporating all of my content. Those services would be the source of content, but I would I need a real blogging platform to bring them all together under one branded site. Below are all the options I considered along with some pros and cons of each.