Planning a new blog–what software do you recommend?

So, some great things–completely unexpected–are happening in my life.
I’ve started writing poetry again, for the first time in years, and it’s amazingly rewarding and exciting. I’m also getting more interested in writing about feminism–both technology and feminism, and, possibly, sexuality/social politics and feminism.
These are topics I don’t see as part of this blog and I am debating options on where else to post.

  • Vox? Colorful, pretty, great communities.
  • Word Press? Software de jour.
  • Live Journal? I am actually quite interested in Live Journal, which, though it seems somewhat retro, has the option of locking posts, a nice privacy feature for more personal narratives, and tons of communities.

If you have suggestions, preferences, warnings, please post here and let me benefit.

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  1. Myles Braithwaite says:

    I would suggest using WordPress. It’s clean and nice.

  2. Jeremy Toeman says:

    WordPress ALL THE WAY… it works “out of the box” and yet also has tons of power features as you get more and more used to it. also has a huge developer community with tons of plugins and themes!

  3. Viviane says:

    Maybe you should look at WordPress.com. I believe you can lock individual posts.
    Popular WP.com blogs like Scoble’s can end up on the front page. You can also lock a post.
    I have a blog on, and like Livejournal, but the original founder just left and they’ve had problems with overzealously deleting user communities in the name of protecting users. It’s left users with a bad taste in their mouth.

  4. Boris Mann says:

    I just recently re-activated my LiveJournal account. I’ve been actually “journalling” — private, just for me posts.
    I don’t have many “friends” in the system, or rather, haven’t looked for them, but the ability to easily do friends only is good.
    The kinds of topics you’re talking about seem to mesh well with LJ communities, too.
    And, of course, it’s all just RSS, baby :P

  5. Richard says:

    Susan, I have always liked your poetry and am glad you are writing again. I have to admit that with my “creative writing” — fiction — I still, like you, come from the old days and really want it to get past the old-fashioned “gatekeeper” so I have never posted it on my own and always submitted it to literary webzines. So I guess I think for the poetry at least, the best thing to do, although more time-consuming, is to submit to literary webzines for an editor to look at.
    Somehow I still think of fiction, poetry and the kind of “creative literary nonfiction” that really depends on the same qualities as fiction is somehow different from even stylish and beautifully written journalism, familiar and formal essays, and straight (or not so straight) opinion pieces.
    I post the latter stuff myself if I don’t want to bother sending it to a gatekeeper/editor.
    I am really looking forward to seeing more of your work, no matter where it is or how it gets there.

  6. Tish Grier says:

    Hi Susan…it really may depend on what the person wants or needs from blogging. Friends of mine who blog only for family and friends use LiveJournal. Google searches don’t go there, so one can easily stay hidden from an employer’s prying eyes (a growing concern these days.)
    Blogger is still good for super-simple blogging–even more simple now with its new featuers (for those who fear HTML templates)that in some ways mimic those of Six Apart’s products Blogger’s also ok if you don’t care how high your blog comes out in search.
    For those who do care about where they come out in search, from what I hear, WordPress is perfect for that. And there are two kinds of wordpress–.com and .org–depending on how much control you want over the template, if you want your own domain and don’t mind paying for hosting. I believe Six Apart’s different blog platforms–typepad, moveable type, etc–are also still good for search.
    Another note about Livejournal….it’s easier to build community around anonymous blogs on LJ because it has a reputation for being private (and it’s a big, diverse community!). There are great locking features, features to filter “friends,” and they’ve done some other new upgrades that added features.

  7. Mark Alexander says:

    I’ve used both WordPress and LJ. They have different purposes, I think.
    LJ feels more like a social networking site with a blogging feature. It’s kinda clunky and ugly and slow, and not searchable, but it’s relatively easy to use.
    Wordpress is what I’d use for a standalone site that is supposed to be searchable and professional-looking, but it does take some work to set up.

  8. mouche says:

    May i ask why do you want a change of blogging software ? Having several blog on the same tool is practical.
    But you seems to want a community around your new weblog, something that wont happens immediately with blogger (except that you already have a community composed of you readers…).

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