The problem with this meme lark is that it gets time-consuming if you do too many. However, David Tebbutt has ‘tagged’ me to continue a meme started by Drew to name your five favourite/most useful blogging tools. Mine are:
1) Typepad – despite the outages it is still the best platform to introduce people and if used with your own mapped domain is ‘business grade’ for SMEs/SMBs. Unless you are a geek or have an IT department to support you then WordPress.org and Movable Type are just too hard. Most SMEs/SMBs aren’t geeks, don’t have an IT department and don’t have time to mess around. Time is more precious than 0.0005% annual server downtime!
2) Statcounter – easy to use, cheap and looks smarter than Sitemeter. For evaluation it is essential, even though I don’t think measuring a blog’s success has anything to do with visits, popularity etc.
3) Zoundry – I used to prefer Qumana but it suddenly developed problems and wouldn’t start. Uninstalling, cleaning my system, reinstalling – nothing worked and no reply to my email asking for advice. Now I’ve got used to Zoundry and like it.
4) FeedDemon – so I can use Newsgator Mobile I sync it with NewsGator Online, but rarely actually use it online as it just doesn’t “feel right”. Only problem is the synchronisation doesn’t work very well and I still end up reading stuff twice. I’m probably about to ditch it in favour of NewBreak as my mobile RSS reader.
5) CrispyNews – I’ve only recently discovered this but have a couple of experiments going and some more interesting ideas to come as soon as I have time.
I deliberately haven’t included any of the blog search tools I use as none of them are that much better than the others, which means you have to use them all.