Alternative Blogging Platforms
This rapidly-growing microblogging platform gives users a “tumblelog,” a short-form blog, where they can post images, text, links, quotes, videos and audio files. It is also similar to social networks in that users can follow other Tumblrs and like and reblog their posts.
The community-centered blogging site gives every user his or her own “journal” and profile page, but really the focus is on interaction. Users can comment on the journal entries of others or participate in communities, group journals “in which multiple users can post entries.”
This is one of many free WordPress-powered blogging platform that features free domain or sub-domain mapping, over 140 free themes, compatibility with multiple plug-ins and the opportunity to monetize your blog’s content. In addition to the free account, Blogetery offers Pro accounts starting at $3.50 a month.
While it won’t win a “Most Clever Name” award, this blogging service will provide users with the option of having a multi-author blog, service integration with companies like Facebook or tools like Google Analytics, customizable themes, multimedia support and the ability to add widgets and menus to your page.
Blogster specializes in specific-interest blogs and, like other services, offers users the ability to create blogs and personal profiles, as well as network with others in the community. Overtime, Blogster has developed features similar to most social networks, such as profile “walls,” the ability to add other users as friends, groups and more, so it’s safe to say that sharing and socializing is a big part of the Blogster service.
Users on Xanga don’t just get one traditional weblog; rather, they get a “Xanga Site,” which is a combination of a weblog, a photoblog, a videoblog, an audioblog, a mini-blog known as their “Pulse” and a user profile page. Users can subscribe to other Xanga Sites.
According to the website, “tBlog is about community,” and offers a number of worthwhile features, including bannerless blogging, theme control and the ability to customize your blog’s HTML, real-time statistics and more. Most interesting is tMatch, “suggested networking” to help users connect with like-minded bloggers in the tBlog community.
One of the more popular options on the list, TypePad is a great choice because it has services that focus specifically on helping businesses blog, most notably their Small Business Center resource service. The site offers “great looking” professional blog designs, widgets, mobile blogging, the option to promote your blog on search engines and social networks and professional support, specifically a set of “professional blog services” that help you tune up your business’s blog for optimal efficiency.