I can’t help but have a twinge of doubt about whether this is a really bad idea: Google Buy’s Blogger.
I’ve just noticed that Blogger Pro (the pay for version of the ubiquitous blogging tool) actually limits the amount you can post as a paying user, but I can’t see any notice that standard users will have to pay if they go over posts of 100k within any one month period, normally I average around 50k’s worth of posting, so far this month I’ve used 24% of my allocated 100k, I think that’s rather unfair. I can see where they would be coming from if the user were using blogspot hosting, but when I’m using my own server, my own FTP, and my own money to use blogger pro – I think it’s terribly unfair to limit the amount I can post before asking me for more money.
I hate this kind of hypocrisy, the owner of Blogger used to link to “the end of free” a lot, something which blogger is rapidly becoming in danger of ending up in, it’s a bit like OUTintheUK.com which is another website that expects people to pay but doesn’t really give any reason to upgrade other than nag screens that disappear when you’ve coughed up your 25 quid. If you’re going to provide people with a “Paid” model of your site, then for god’s sake make it worth the users while… otherwise they’ll feel very cheated.
Talk about a con:
4.4 In the event that the site is unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for a period of more than 4 hours in any 24 hour period, all licences will be extended by one day. No refund or other form of compensation is available.
you might like to note that the statement above doesn’t cover all the times the site falls over, crashes, won’t log you in, is unavailable for hours on end, or grinds to an absolute stop so no one can use it… canny that don’t you think?
Blogger Pro’s archiving is so wanky it’s simply not funny – since when were there two Aprils in one year? If you’re thinking of up-grading to Blogger Pro, then don’t, at least, not yet. It’s still basically the same as the standard blogger, slightly (but only just) more reliable, and it does have some redeeming features, the RSS is a blessing if you’re into that kinda thing, and the file uploading from within the blog is very useful, but other than that at present it’s not great… Save yourself some cash until they sort there act out. It was only $35 (whatever that is in pounds) – So I can’t complain to much, but it didn’t make clear when you paid that you’d be used as a guinea pig for blogger (possibly at the expense of keeping your blog up to date).
*yay* blogger is finally working again, I do hope they’re going to offer some money back on the Blogger Pro license’s – either that or extend it by 20 days of not being able to published, well I’d love to actually give you a real update, but bugger all has happened… well almost nothing, but I don’t want to talk about that here.
Me and Dave are looking at houses together, this time in a nice bit of London, Kensington and Notting Hill to be precise – I’ve wanted to live in that part of London for years, but for one reason or another fate never actually put me there, even though I’ve twice looked at moving there and done the whole walking round properties for hours (which I don’t actually mind) I’ve never actually got round to moving there.