The New Blogger

A few weeks ago, Blogger.com rolled out their snappy new interface and some even snappier new features. Always looking for the biggest, baddest, and EASIEST way to publish, I spent a few moments tossing some critical thought over the idea of MT vs The New Blogger.com.

1. Comments
Blogger.com now has comments for free, and you have to register to use the comment system. MT has just implemented a registration-based comment system with their new ver 3.

2. Categories
Blogger.com doesn’t have categories, but whats keeping you from publishing a separate blog to your site for each category? Granted, this is only a solution for those who don’t use blogspot.com, but it’s a workable solution.

3. Multiple Authors
With MT 3.0, you have to pay to have more than one author… with Blogger.com, you can go ape-crazy.

4. Importing/Exporting
It’s fairly easy to get data in and out of MT… IMO, Blogger.com isn’t exactly a cake walk.

5. Searching
MT has searching built-in, Blogger.com does not.

6. Trackback.
MT has it, Blogger.com doesn’t, and I don’t use it.

7. Installation
A MT install is a big, scary thing for the uninitiated. Blogger.com is a hosted service… much less scary.

8. Who Owns It?
Blogger.com is owned by Google, MT is privately held (for now). I’d bank on Google, thanks.

If you’re just getting into blogging and you’re looking for the big, overwhelming reason to go with one blog product or another, I’m afraid MT and Blogger.com are almost neck-and-neck. If I were a script installing novice and just getting my feet wet, I would cast a long glance toward Blogger.com’s direction.