Josh is a freelance blogger and trying to start his own over at extendably.com – check it out!
Like most people, my first experience with blogs was on Blogger.com. Within about a day it peed me off and I decided to check out this ‘WordPress’ thing everyone was going on about.
After trying WordPress.com I ended up hosting my own WordPress blog, it took me a while to learn all about it but I liked it a lot.
Because I came into blogging at such a late date (7 months or so ago) I don’t really know the history between WordPress and Moveable Type that well, apart from knowing everyone was using MT before WP came along and blew it away.
I’ve always been interested in MT as well, just because the last couple releases have been looking pretty cool. I actually rarely ever seem to encounter any blogs which use it any more, but I’m presuming it’s still a fairly popular service.
The thing which puts me off just trying it out however is that I don’t know if I can be bothered learning a whole new blogging platform all over again, in fact I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of WordPress users.
Anyway, this week Moveable Type released version 4.2 of their software along with their ‘Pro’ product which looks particularly interesting:
“Movable Type Pro lets you turn any site into a full social publishing platform, combining all of Movable Type's abilities as a blogging and CMS with social networking features like profiles, ratings, user registration, forums, following, and more.”
What’s interesting about this is that a new service called BuddyPress is being created to bring the same kind of features to WordPress (without the need for plugins that is).
The success of blogging has always been in the author’s ability to interact with a community of reader; these kinds of changes help keep blogging relevant and ahead of the curve.