I've started blogging on Advogato. (Here's my first entry). However, starting a year or two ago, I've been cross-posting my entries to LiveJournal as well, and I also found it has some other advantages. Lately, I've been having second thoughts about whether to continue doing this. Here are some of my reasons:
- Advogato is full of spam. I've been certified as Master by a bootload of spammers. And because Advogato does not have a rel="nofollow" attribute to external links, and other spam protection, we cannot expect this spam to stop soon.
- Advogato has no comments for blog entries. Instead, people comment to what other people say in their blogs by writing new blog entries. However, I don't read them, and they are also not associated with the articles in any way (except perhaps by a back-links search). This is not good. On LiveJournal, I have comments, which people can use to write their entries for me.
- The HTML support of Advogato is very incomplete. Moreover, it tends to mangle my XHTML into strange HTML.
- My blog has received a low interest ratings. Such ratings simply don't exist on LiveJournal, nor shouldn't - they are anti-social. Most Advogato'ers probably don't bother rating other people's blogs.
- Some resources in Advogato are not easily discoverable by the web interface.
- Most of my friends moved their blogs elsewhere, anyway.
- Advogato discourages short, timeful entries. If two mostly consecutive entries are published, one of them will be lost. This encourages me to publish monolithic entries on several different topics, instead of small short entries.
- Abandoning Advogato will allow my LiveJournal blog to be syndicated in the Über-cool Planet (Former) Advogato.
Obviously discontinuing publishing my blog at Advogato has some disadvantages like not being in the Advogato recent log, etc. but I think the advantages outweigh them.
So unless someone changes my mind, I guess it's goodbye from Advogato.