I think I’ve about had it with Wordpiss. Their comment approval process is fine for rejecting dozens of spam comments, but it’s terrible for approving a valid comment where you have to actually READ it before you’re sure it’s good. The only way to read the whole comment to the end, as far as I could see, was to edit it! I could not find any option for viewing the comment as it would appear if approved. And then, when I try to follow any links to the post it’s a comment to, they’re links for editing it, not reading it. This is stupid.
I have a sneaking feeling that Blogger is much easier to work with. But I don’t want to move yet more of my life on to Google’s servers. I think they’ve now officially crossed the line into being the new Microsoft — the big dominant choice that anyone who doesn’t like monopolies ought to look for alternatives to. Since Windows 8 came out, Microsoft might actually now qualify as an underdog. If not now, then they will soon.
IBM has been an underdog for a while now. If they achieve the ability to answer natural-language questions before Google does, as they well might, I’ll be rooting for them, even though they were once the bad guy. But I won’t go so far as to root for Microsoft… the memories of their ways when they were on top are a bit too fresh.
As for blogging platforms… what I really miss is Livejournal. Why are today’s social networking sites so good for connecting people but so terrible for longer-form writing? LJ was the one and only time that I saw thoughtful blogging combined with strong social networking in a way where both were able to work to their fullest.