The New Blogger

A few weeks ago, 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

1. Comments 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 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, but it’s a workable solution.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Who Owns It? 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 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’s direction.