WordPress versus new Sport24 site
This post started as an answer to a comment on my blog and as a comment on Mickeynelsters blog but I had so much more to say.
I tried to answer and comment on blogs sports24.co.za from my wordpress blog, but even though it was comparatively simple to do so, I received no notification of any comments or replies to my comments. This means that outside readers like sport24 news etc will be excluded from the loop and they will not bother to continue reading our posts on these blogs. If we are only going to post and comment amongst the 10 (to be extremely generous) of us who are active, while receiving no external input, I cannot see the point of blogging on this platform, with all the aggravation of using half a semi-functioning wordpress set up, when the full aggravation free wordpress.com setup is there to use for free. Ask anyone of the ex LD bloggers that moved, if they prefer blogs24 or full wordpress and you will be surprised that even semi computer literate bloggers, have managed to set up blogs and been able to expand their readership.
In all my years of blogging, the thing that makes a site work is interaction. Nothing kills a blog or a blogger’s enthusiasm faster, than not receiving any comment feedback from fellow bloggers. We all want the interaction and if comments are not received or answered my and everybody else’s enthusiasm will expire.
I am seriously considering just leaving this blog to die on its own. I struggled for a month on blogs24 until it got overrun by adverts and bloggers left, then I gave up and deleted my blog. This sport24 blog is no better and I predict that advertisers will kill this one too. Out of 200 odd bloggers that were moved across only 28 odd bloggers registered and created blogs and of those 30 only a few have posted anything. What is the use? I can get 5 or 6 readers on wordpress too, and wordpress is way more simple to operate.
The twenty odd bloggers that have started blogs here will get fewer by the week unless something is done and going on a months experience on blogs24.com, absolutely nothing will change and as with Letterdash, we will be left to paddle our own canoe, sink or swim.
I seriously urge the active bloggers to open up full wordpress blogs and link to each other. Once connected and correctly tagged with rugby, South Africa etc you will be pleasantly surprised at the response you will receive.
As an example I started a wordpress blog for my non sports blog 5 months ago and there are 337 people who follow and many more that read this blog with close to 18000 hits which equates to over 3000 views per month. I have sadly neglected my wordpress sports blog because I was concentrating on my sports24 blog but even there I have 121 followers and 600 odd views in 2 months, despite not posting my own material more than a few times in a month.
Try it and see for yourself.
If we have a nucleus of 5 or 6 active bloggers linked and tagging correctly plus linking to facebook, twitter etc, you will be surprised. You can’t link the sports24 blogs to twitter or facebook, linkedin, google plus etc. automatically, like on wordpress and by linking to the social networks and other aggregators like digg, stumbleupon, reddit, and others, your readership will expand rapidly.
On wordpress you are a master of your own destiny. Hundreds of different themes and a huge selection of widgets, spam block is automatic (No friggin captcha box unless you want it), stats on all possible info, follow button, like button, reblog button, comment authorization and so much more. Email. Rss or other notification on all posts and comments and replies. Share buttons and a reader for all blogs you follow, which you can do with the click of a button.
I actually don’t know why I have persevered with an inferior blog site like sport24 when the real McCoy is there FOR FREE!