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Blogging Tip: Choosing The Right Blogging Platform

choosing the right blogging platform
Two weeks ago we covered the 3 important things to know before starting a career in blogging, or just starting a blog in general. Let’s move on to another important key factor: knowing which blogging platform you should be on. It’s important to know because your blogging platform will act as your partner in this whole ordeal, you’ll be working together constantly, and so a good match is of utmost importance.

For this blog post, I’m choosing the top 5 main blogging platforms that people use nowadays (sorry Xanga and Livejournal!): WordPress (.com & .org), Blogspot, Tumblr and Squarespace.

Personally, I’ve had experience using Blogspot, Tumblr and, but I’ve interviewed a couple of blogging friends who currently or have used the platforms I haven’t so you can hear different opinions regarding each one, to of course help you decide better!


I’ve personally used Tumblr from 2008-2013, and so I think I would be the right person to answer these set of questions so you could know the pros/cons of using this platform:

Why did you choose to blog on Tumblr?

I moved from Multiply (a photo sharing site) to Tumblr in 2009 when one of my favorite online personalities, Jac Vanek, started blogging on it. I loved Tumblr because it was a fun, micro-blogging, and sharing type community where you could totally be yourself. It’s where all the weirdos, awkward, awesome, funny teenagers/adolescents gathered and shared a common love for all things art, music, movies, pop culture, photography, celebrities, and everything and anything under the sun you can think of.


  • Free platform with a address
  • A great platform for short and shareable content like photos, art, poems, funny/witty posts
  • Reblog content feature is a great way to get your blog exposure
  • Your posts can easily be found in the search page if properly tagged


  • Limited ability in writing and editing posts (unlike in most blogging platforms, Tumblr only has the very basic editing features available. Something as simple as centering a text will require you to type <center></center> html tag in the text editor, sometimes it doesn’t even work!)
  • When someone wants to view your blog, clicking your blog link on their dashboard results in a pop-up of your blog’s feed on the sidebar, instead of taking them to your webpage itself. This affects your blog traffic because visitors aren’t taken directly to your site.
  • You need to know some basic html/css to customize your website or add widgets
  • If you want your own domain name, it will cost you a few hundred pesos/dollars a year.


I interview Renz Bulesco, the blogger behind The Geek Travels, on his experience and opinions on using Blogspot/Blogger.

Why did you decide on using Blogspot/Blogger as your blogging platform?

I started blogging back in 2006 and I chose Blogger because I just heard it from my classmates. Although, I tried to transfer my blog on WordPress and LiveJournal. The former was too complicated for my taste, while the latter was just… meh. So yeah, it was love at first sight.


  • gives you an unlimited bandwidth, which is a good thing for bloggers who upload numerous hi-res photos on their blogs (see also: ME). More so, the photos are automatically uploaded on your Google+ album.
  •  Creating multiple blogs in one account.
  • Blog layout and design. You don’t need to master the codes and the intricate language of web designing. Learning the basic HTML and CSS is already enough since Blogger allows its users to just drag and paste the widgets on their blogs.
  • Blogger is a secured site. No need to install security widgets since Google in the first place is a secured website. I haven’t heard anything about someone who tried to hack Google, have you?
  • Account integration – no need to sign in/sign out when you visit Google+, YouTube, Gmail, and other Google services. Saves time.


  • You can’t have it self-hosted unlike WordPress since it is owned by Google. When your blog’s self-hosted, you all have the freedom to tweak the codes, plugins, and themes that will enhance your site in many ways.
  • Blog templates. I’m quite satisfied with my layout thus it’s not an issue for me. But yeah, layouts and templates for Blogger are limited unlike WordPress.
  • Widgets and plugins are also limited compared to WordPress.

Any tips for bloggers who are looking into using Blogspot?

Blogger is the best platform for starters,or those who don’t want to spend too much on hosting and other maintenance cost.


I’ve never used Squarespace so I approached Corinth Suarez of Explore with Corinth for her opinions of using the platform for her blog.

Why Squarespace?

I was looking for a new blogging platform because I decided it was time to say goodbye to Tumblr. I found out about Squarespace through the people I follow on Instagram. I tried it out and I loved it! It’s the blogging platform I’ve always needed/wanted.


  • It comes out cheaper compared to WordPress + all the plugins I would probably need
  • it’s not just a blogging platform. It’s an all around webspace, whether you are a business, a brand, a musician or blogger, they can cater to all your webspace needs
  • Squarespace is just so clean and modern and it’s always getting better.


  • There are only a few themes you can use, compared to Tumblr and WordPress or Blogger.
  • It’s very limited to my needs also it’s hard to mess up with the css. But if you know your way around codes and all about being unique, you can make your theme reflect YOU.
  • There were times when my page would lag while I was typing and I would lose my content. It doesn’t have auto-save so you’ll have to remember to save at all times. we all know how frustrating that is
  • uploading videos can be a pain because you can’t directly upload from squarespace. I needed to upload on YouTube first, then grab the embed code then publish on squarespace

Any tips for bloggers looking into using Squarespace?

My only tip would be to have patience with it. At first, it would look so weird and different that you won’t know what to do with it but after a while, you’ll get the hang of it and be able to blog with ease. Also, I suggest that you take advantage of their 14-day trial. It will give you time to mess around with Squarespace first, without having to pay them right away. By the time the free trial period expires, your website will be ready and live!



James Lontoc of Wanders The Metro blog shares with us his thoughts on using

What made you decide on using

I chose WP because based on my personal experience and exploration of blogging platforms, it’s the best FREE platform there is.


  • 2.1. Ease of use: It’s the simplest thing to navigate through your dash. All the buttons you’ll need are easy to find. On the right of your nav, you have a button to create a new post, one to update your profile, and one to view notifs. On the left, there’s a button to manage all your listed WP sites.
  • Comprehensive stats: When you click on the My Sites button, you are directed to a page that displays comprehensive stats of each of your WP sites. You can view the number of unique views and visitors, likes, and comments for a specific day, month, or all time. You can see the number of visitors per country too, which is sweet cause you get an idea of the reach of your site. Aside from these, there are a whole lot more stats you can track.
  • Connectivity. Upon login, you are directed to the Reader, which is a timeline of the blogs you follow. You can toggle options to view blogs n Freshly Pressed, or to find recommended blogs. You can even follow tags! This makes it easy to find bogs which are similar to yours, and people you can befriend to exchange ideas with!
  • WP Publicize: WP includes your Twitter followers and Facebook friends/followers to the total number of your blog’s followers.


  • 3.1. No third party ads: doesn’t allow the use of third party ads like Google Adsense of Nuffnang.
  • 3.2. Limited customizability. Since its free hosting, there’s not much you can tweak. What you see is what you get. To customize stuff, you’d have to go premium.
  • Limited storage: Yu only get so much free storage. At first this figure will seem enough, but once you have a lot more content on your site (especially media like high res images), you’ll find that a couple of gbs won’t cut it. For additional storage, again, you’d have to go premium.

Any tips for bloggers looking into using

  • READ THE FINE PRINT. It’s easy as pie to set up a WP account and construct your blog, and you can post your first stories with your eyes closed. But before you get into all that, before you tick that “I agree to the terms” option, make sure that you take the time to read the them.Keep an eye out for: “By submitting Content to Automattic for inclusion on your Website, you grant Automattic a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog.”
    “Automattic has the right (though not the obligation) to, in Automattic’s sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in Automattic’s reasonable opinion, violates any Automattic policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in Automattic’s sole discretion. Automatic will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.”


You’re probably wondering why there are two types of WordPress platforms; .com blogs are hosted on the WordPress platform itself just like Blogger and Tumblr, while .org allows you to enjoy the features and more of while being hosted by yourself (or in that case, a hosting site) — I’m currently using, so I’ll be answering the set of questions :)

What made you decide on

I moved to WP from Tumblr because I was struggling with Tumblr in general. I believe that a blogger can be professional under ANY platform, but if you and the platform are not personally a good fit, then it won’t work out. gave me as much freedom as I needed and so far I’ve been really happy with


  • Freedom and control over your entire website — from themes, to plugins, to widgets, to making certain parts of your blog appear on specific webpages, adding a shop, adding a welcome page, etc etc.
  • Theme choices are great and beautiful and worth the amount you pay them for
  • Plugins for Google Analytics/Jetpack can be placed directly on your dashboard; plugins like CoSchedule (editorial calendar) so you can easily plan and schedule blog and social media posts
  • User interface is nice and clean
  • Blog post editor is clean, has all the editing tools you need
  • Import blog entries from other platforms
  • SEO optimization plugins


  • Not free, you’ll need a hosting plan, which means it can get quite pricey/expensive especially if you’re just starting out. (my host is, I pay Php 295/mo for web & email hosting)
  • You will need some HTML/CSS/PHP knowledge to edit and customize some parts of your theme (If you have a friend who knows this stuff, then great! I usually ask my friend Sherica HAHA)

Any tips for bloggers looking into using

Learn to explore. If you don’t know what self-hosted means, I suggest you Google it to your hearts extent and really familiarize yourself with it. It is YOUR job to know how your website will work, not your host. Your host’s only job is to host your website but everything else from installing plugins to editing some html/css/php, that is all in your hands. Also, if you can’t afford to get right now, THAT’S OKAY. You can start with, Blogger, or even Tumblr, and when you’re reading to make the switch to, you can always import your blog posts.

I know this was a hella long read, but if you’ve been confused as to which blogging platform will be best, then I hope this post has helped you decide :)

Just remember: If you’re not happy with one platform, you can always move. Most often than not, there will be ways to import your old blog posts into your new blog. I mean, look at me! I’ve moved from Blogspot to Multiply to Tumblr and now I’m self hosted and using Let’s just hope that this blog entry will save you all the time and effort of moving from one platform to the next! :P



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  • Reply Clarisse 30 March 2015 at 10:08 am

    Love this, Camie! I use Blogspot myself but I originally wanted to use, if only it wasn’t too complicated. Hahaha I still might move someday, though!

  • Reply Arianna Tan 30 March 2015 at 10:41 am

    I’ve transferred from Tumblr to Weebly and now I want to transfer again, hopefully to I’ve been planning to buy my own domain and web hosting but I’m still confused on how all these works so I think I better study about it first during my vacation before I commit :)) Thanks for this, Camie! Very useful and informative :) <3

  • Reply Hani Lutfi 30 March 2015 at 10:50 am

    I switched from Blogspot to Tumblr because I was unhappy with Blogspot, especially when sometimes my header doesn’t work or it wouldn’t update the changes I’ve made to my entire layout. Which sucked and weird at the same time. I’m pretty sure I was the only one having those problems. Tumblr is doing fine for me since I’m not looking for anything other than what Tumblr already has, but the sidebar thing is quite the let down though. But pros over cons, I guess. To each his own.

    • Reply Hani Lutfi 30 March 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Yikes filled in my URL wrongly. It’s

  • Reply Jae 30 March 2015 at 11:01 am

    I, too, have moved from to Squarespace in August 2014. I’ll have to agree with eveything Corinth shared re: Squarespace. Although it’s possible to tweak how you want the entire page to look like, it gets frustrating when things don’t work as you imagined it to be.

  • Reply Danica 30 March 2015 at 11:09 am

    I transferred from Tumblr to Blogspot 6 months ago because I’m no longer happy with Tumblr. Tumblr is easier to customize tho, unlike Blogspot codes are very complicated. You don’t know where to delete what if you want to tweak your template. This is a very informative post ate Camie, thank you!

  • Reply Mei 30 March 2015 at 11:47 am

    Hi Camie! I’d like to add the blogger-reader interaction con for Tumblr. Haha It’s very limited to only “liking” the post, and a one-way comment/reply on the post. There’s no interaction within the post, even with the Ask feature. It’s always one message one reply. Di ka na makakareply ulit if you have followup message/question unless you send another one Ask message. Sa post, you’re limited to only one reply! If you want the comment feature, you have to install third-party widgets pa like Disqus. That’s actually one of the reasons why I don’t like Tumblr. I don’t get to interact that much. Or maybe it’s just me? Haha Another thing, I find the theme very difficult to understand. It’s not the usual html/css because it has a different syntax. Good thing most Tumblr themes now have the “admin panel” to make customization easier.

    I haven’t touched Blogger for so long already but the last time I did, it uses XHTML, I think. The coding is also a little complicated.

    I love to try Squarespace because it is so flexible! But then it comes with a price I can’t afford. hahaha But one con I noticed with Squarespace is the complicated URL when you navigate through pages. instead of displaying, it displayes a lot more extra special characters. I think that would affect SEO? Not sure if this can be customized within Squarespace.

    For me, it will always be WordPress! The first time I handled WordPress, it seems so complicated. I guess we all have to undergo that “complicated phase” until we finally get used to it. Lahat naman sa mahirap nagsisimula. Haha. Looking at my overall needs, and capability, WordPress is the best for me!

    Hopefully, other bloggers out there would find this post helpful so that they could find the platform they love and love them back. Hehe

  • Reply Cheryle 30 March 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Been to Tumblr (2009-2013), Blogger (2014), and (2015).

    So far, WordPress is the best in my experience. It is easy to interact with other bloggers and to manage your entire blog. There are many ways to get creative in writing your blog post. However, wordpress is way costly and has limited free plugins. I’m looking forward to using soon.

    Blogger is my second choice since it is free and open to many plugins. You can track your stats as well. However, I don’t like their dashboard. Also, you’ll only get notified through email for new comments etc etc. But I don’t know about their latest updates.

    So much love for Tumblr. Until now I’m using it as my blog feed plus storage of random thoughts. I still enjoy it because it’s easy to interact with other bloggers. And it’s one of my sources of inspiration. But in some cases, I don’t like Tumblr because, as you said, it has basic editing features.

    I encounter some people who are asking about what platform should they use. I think this post could really help. :)


  • Reply Grace 30 March 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Great post, Camie! Well done. I’m using WordPress every since. I love self hosted WordPress of course, for only around $2-$3 per month you can start your own blog :) I’m only paying around P150/monthly for my web hosting and email hosting :) It’s very easy to use and fully customizable. I love WordPress, and so should you!

    • Reply alyssapanghulan 1 April 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Hi, grace! What host are you using for your web host? It’s so cheap ah :)

      • Reply Grace 3 April 2015 at 2:56 pm

        Stablehost and HostwithLove. Super cheap talaga. Do downtime at all.

  • Reply Corinth 30 March 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I didn’t know there were two kinds of WordPress! Haha. And it made me laugh when you said, “sorry LiveJournal”. I’ve switched so many times too, from Multiply, to Tumblr to Blogger, to LiveJournal and WordPress, then Tumblr again and then finally Squarespace. Haha. I’m happy with Squarespace now. I forgot to mention all about the Widgets you can add to the website, makes it easy to customize.

  • Reply Elaine 30 March 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, Camie. I finally made my decision and got myself a web hosting account at Webspace!

  • Reply Alissa 30 March 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I’m so glad I transferred to WordPress org. The only hard thing about it is setting up and moving all your posts but it’s so easy to use once you’re done with all of those.

    • Reply Camie Juan 1 April 2015 at 11:00 am

      Exactly! Thats why Im thankful my web host was able to help me with all that. I had my WP running within a day or two! :D

  • Reply Steff 30 March 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve used wordpress before. It’s really interesting. I love how I can play around with the plugins.

    • Reply Camie Juan 1 April 2015 at 10:59 am

      Same here :)

  • Reply Pearl 30 March 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I didn’t know the huge difference between and .org. I only know that .org is for businesses and other “legit” stuff haha. Anyway, thanks for blogging about this Camie! I’m thinking of moving out from Tumblr too. I feel like it doesn’t cater to my blogging needs anymore haha

    • Reply Camie Juan 1 April 2015 at 10:37 am

      If you’re thinking of moving out of Tumblr, I would recommend it… You won’t regret the decision if you move to Blogspot, WP, or even Squarespace, especially if your type of blog is word-y rather than short content :)

  • Reply Yza Marzan 30 March 2015 at 7:25 pm

    from a programmer’s point of view, I prefer because of the flexibility it gives the user in costomizing the layout, codes, etc. :) Its easier to maintain too. I’ve been to LiveJournal, Blogspot, Tumblr, and finally! I think I’m finally settling at though I’m still thinking about Squarespace.

    • Reply Camie Juan 1 April 2015 at 10:34 am

      I considered Squarespace before, like waaaaaaaay back before I even left Tumblr but now that I’m with, I don’t think there’s looking back for me anymore… SO CONVENIENT AND EASY TO BLOG I CANNOT. haha

  • Reply Pizza Tart 30 March 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Blogger was my very first platform, I remember it when I was in the 5th grade when I found out about this hidden passion of mine. Then 2009 came, and I moved to Tumblr because my peers recommended it to me so.

    Six years on Tumblr made me hone my writing skills, believe it or not. It was here where I made a lot of friends to share stories with.

    With all the bloggers moving out from Tumblr, I felt kind of left out at first. So I tried moving out to WordPress and Blogger (AGAIN), but they don’t seem to be the platform for me. I agree with the limited interactions and codes you can do with it, but Tumblr works for me BEST. And meeting other bloggers is not that hard too — in fact, I found it a lot easier to meet people through Tumblr!

    To each their own, I guess! Thanks for the post, Camie!

    • Reply Camie Juan 1 April 2015 at 10:33 am

      I’d agree that meeting people on Tumblr is way easier! I think I just outgrew it :)

      • Reply Salvé Dalmacio 1 April 2015 at 1:36 pm

        Haha, yes. That’s why I was so grateful to Tumblr because there are people I didn’t regret meeting, and I still interact with them until now. :) – Pizza Tart

  • Reply Ollyvia Laura 31 March 2015 at 1:18 am

    whoaaaa love your blog so much, Camie,
    you are truly a good & inspiring writer, love your review about blog platforms, this one is so great for a starter who wants to blog, good job :)


    • Reply Camie Juan 1 April 2015 at 10:30 am

      Thanks Ollyvia :)

  • Reply Paula 31 March 2015 at 9:50 am

    Love that this showed the differences of each blogging platform. I’ve been to so many blogging platforms (blogger, xanga, multiply, livejournal, tumblr) and although i lasted 4 years in tumblr, blogspot just hits home. Probably because of its familiarity. Haha i tried wordpress but i’m so comfortable with blogger that trying out wordpress made me dizzy! Hopefully someday i get to explore other options. :) Thanks for this Camie!

    P x

    • Reply Camie Juan 1 April 2015 at 10:21 am

      I tried going back to Blogspot too, but for some reason it just didn’t feel like a good fit anymore. From Tumblr to WordPress, it was quick for me to adapt, I think mostly because Tumblr was quite useless when I was typing up my actual blog posts. WordPress was basically a godsent to me, and typing blog posts became fun again! Haha

  • Reply manikreigun 31 March 2015 at 10:30 am

    This post took me through a walk in time, from the dinosaur age of multiply, even trying out friendster’s blog version into blogger, tumblr and a bit of wordpress trial. At the mean time, I’m sticking it with Blogger. Once I learn more about tweaking and coding, I’ll explore some more options and keep these tips from pro bloggers in mind.

  • Reply Camilla 31 March 2015 at 10:59 am

    Hi Camie, I have a question. I’m planning to transfer platforms, and I feel like going with If I choose WP, am I able to apply my own theme or do I have to go premium and pay to edit CSS? I know how to do HTML coding but some platforms require payment in able for you to do so? I hope you’d read this.
    Thank you so much!

    • Reply Camie Juan 31 March 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Camilla! Try contacting James, the blogger i interview who used, he can answer your question better since he’s had personal experience using the platform :)

    • Reply Yza Marzan 1 April 2015 at 11:40 am

      Hi Camilla! For, you have to pay for their Premium option to be able to edit the CSS. :)

  • Reply Cariza 1 April 2015 at 8:28 am

    Before moving to WordPress I’ve contemplated using Squarespace, but then I realized it’s more useful for people who want to show online portfolios other than blog entries. (It’s the same mistake I did when I used Koken). Haha. This post made me realize I used almost every blogging platform – down to Xanga even! I guess it’s why it pays to really know the pros and cons of each so you can weigh your option when you want to blog. :)

    Among everything on the list, I think WordPress is still reigns Supreme.

    • Reply Camie Juan 1 April 2015 at 10:19 am

      Exact same sentiments! I actually blogged on Xanga too but mostly for the quotes *laughing crying emoji*

      If all blogging platforms were characters in Coven, then definitely WordPress would be Supreme. Haha

  • Reply Glaiza Binayas 2 April 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I’ve used Tumblr and Blogspot before but, I find them complicated. :D I’m now using but when I read about its limited storage, it scared me. Haha!

  • Reply Ems 4 April 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I also want to transfer to wordpress… But if you have to pay just to access css then I guess its not the platform for beginners. (? not sure). I really want to shift but I think I cant pay $99 a year :(

  • Reply Paoline 5 April 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I found this really insightful and helpful, Camie! Up until I read your post, I wasn’t even aware about the difference of wordpress .org and .com.

    Keep these coming! I learn a lot from you! :)

  • Reply Ara 7 June 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Camie! I know that this post was here for quite some time now… but I wanted to make a blog post request—If you don’t mind. Haha! :) Since you transferred from one platform to another, can you give us links / companies (based in the country) that offers the best web hosting for blogspot bloggers (or other platforms)? Thank you!

  • Reply thekaixrafanani 13 June 2015 at 9:08 pm

    for me it’s kinda complcated to use blogspot cause you need to download some responsive themes and do it yourself especially if you dont have an idea about basic html huhuhu

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    Hi Camie, I was wondering which web host you’re using? I’m currently using and like you, I’ve found that blogging is my career! (totally owning it! lol) and I know that it’s better to use if I want to monetize my blog. It’s just that I don’t know where to begin? Everytime I try and read on to moving from .com to .org I feel like I’m being sucked into a big black whole. But seeing the comments from your readers and you that the only difficult thing is setting up, it would really help if you can mention a good web hosting site and how they can help your blog? (i don’t even know if I’m asking the right question but I hope you get me!) Thank you!

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