Blawgging platforms – i.ph, wordpress, blogger, blogsome

So, you’ve finally decided to create a blog (short for “weB LOG”), particularly a blawg. A blawg is a blog focusing on commentary about the law, generally written by a law professor, law student, or lawyer (see other blog-related terms at Wikipedia). You’ve finally hurdled the issue that lawyers don’t blog.

To start blawging, you need a blogging platform. I missed a step when I discussed search engine spiders, without first going into blogging platforms.

The Atty-at-Work started with i.ph, which is a great site. One reason is Pinoy pride – helping promote a .ph identity. By the way, there’s another Filipino blogging platform – Funchain. I haven’t tried it yet, but check the blogs of Bong Amora (OFW Empowerment) and Davao Councilor Peter Lavina to find out if Funchain is ok.

Going back to i.ph, there’s really no problem with its migration to Calliope version 2, although the Atty-at-Work opted to maintain the older version. Still, others believe that the migration has resulted in a mashup of social networking, publishing, and multimedia linking / hosting / aggregating applications” (read J. Angelo’s post).

It’s good to start with free blog platforms because, well, it’s free. Simply forget or delete the blog if it’s not working. Blogging, however, is addicting. Once traffic starts trickling in and the page rank goes up, it’s a waste throwing away the site. The tendency or challenge is to make it grow. An important factor crops up as readership increases – bandwidth. i.ph has a monthly bandwidth limit and a popular i.ph site may become inaccessible during the latter part of the month. THAT is bad for traffic. Now, there’s an upgrade to a premium account, but it’s hard to pay for something that’s free somewhere – wordpress, blogger and blogsome.

WordPress is a great platform. This is the reason why this blawg and the Philippine e-Legal Forum are based on wordpress. Another blawger using wordpress is Atty. Cortes (Philippine Theo Law Gee).

Once hooked with blogging, it’s inevitable to tweak the codes and experiment with add-ons like sitemeters and adsense. You can’t have adsense on wordpress (the free one); not yet. The reward, really, is not the money (unless you’re in the league of Abe, earning enough in blogging to buy a car). Heck, blogging is anathema to time-billing, but just like the sitemeter, it’s fun and psychologically rewarding to see the site working and the figures going up, even in small increments.

Blogger is also a good platform. A great example is that of Dean Jorge Bocobo (Philippine Commentary). Unlike wordpress, blogger allows adsense, which is also true with another blogging platform – Blogsome. Major Tom (Citizen on Mars) is using Blogsome for his blog, which looks spectacular. You can play around with your codes in Blogsome.

This is based on personal experience. Just try out the different blogging platforms and find out for yourself (or try the tags below for related readings).

Reference Update: Blogging Wars – WordPress vs. Blogger Part 1 (SiteReference)

11 comments

  1. You’re welcome, Major Tom. It’s nice to see – and point out to – blogs that are refreshing both to the mind and the eyes. There will be more discussions to come, and it would be my pleasure if you could give your thoughts/recommendations on some of the future topics under this category. Thanks.

  2. i’ve tried i.ph and it’s cool. the bandwidth is pretty big for a free account, 2GB.thanks.

    tried also funchain.com but got error on registration 🙁
    ————
    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/httpd/vhosts/funchain.com/httpdocs/action/userfns.php:141) in /home/httpd/vhosts/funchain.com/httpdocs/action/register_submit.php on line 72

  3. Hi Melissa, I’m glad that you like i.ph, which is a good site as previously noted. You should have posted your site’s url so we can also see how it’s doing. As to Funchain, maybe it’s just a temporary glitch, if ever it is one (maybe we could get people from Funchain to comment. I checked Funchain’s site and I can’t find a customer support button or link, which is a working feature at i.ph).

  4. Jason, I’m glad someone from Funchain dropped by to explain the matter. I would want to see Funchain, a Pinoy endeavor, to succeed. May I suggest a support email or link feature so subscribers can directly ask questions? I already mentioned that i.ph have this. Another social networking/blogging site, Multiply, has a relatively good feedback time (there’s also a forum for administrators and another one where everyone can post questions – just like WordPress).

    Nice meeting you, Jason (even through the net). More power to you and your team. If there’s anything we can do to help Funchain’s push forward, let us know. God bless.

  5. Dear Atty.

    Hi!
    Our comapny is having difficulty on one of our clients. Clinet A issued a PDC of 2M half of the amount cleared, unfortunately last Friday one of the issued checks failed. An advise from our bank came in this day telling us that the client A ordered his bank to stop payment. Client A refused our call and looks like he dont want to cooperate. Kindly help us. Thank you for your time to read this concern

    Truly yours,
    Sha

  6. Sha, there’s another article that deals with this matter – http://www.attyatwork.com/bouncing-checks-bp-22/

    Anyway, there are a number of options open to your company with respect to the check . . . but the nuances of the remedies could be better discussed by your lawyer. I strongly suggest you discuss this with your lawyer as soon as possible. Inasmuch as I want to help, there are two matters that prevent me from going further: it’s unethical to second-guess your lawyer, and, besides, it’s unethical to give legal advice in the absence of an attorney-client relationship…something which you may have read in many of my replies in this site.

    Good luck and God bless.

  7. hi atty fred. i.ph blogs will still be accessible even if bandwidth has exceeded. although, the images are replaced with a generic “Bandwidth Exceeded” image and the audio files are replaced with the same message. you can also put google adsense on i.ph blog.

    btw, i’m part of the i.ph dev team.

  8. London, 17 October, 2012 – AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile security, today announces five SMS spam campaigns that are plaguing UK mobile phone users in 2012. Text messages offering thousands of pounds to consumers because of mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance scored the highest on AdaptiveMobile’s Ongoing Threat Analysis (OTA) which rates the impact of spam text messages by sector. The report highlights the need for operators to continue to focus on keeping the SMS channel clean to protect users from unwanted messages.

    “SMS is one of the most established and popular mobile communication channels and is consequently more trusted,” says Ciaran Bradley, VP of Handset Security, AdaptiveMobile. “Scammers and spammers are very quick to respond to current events such as PPI mis-selling or the latest celebrity scandal and create scams around them. For this reason, it is very important that mobile operators are aware of the threats that their customers are under threat from.”

    Examples of the most common SMS scams in 2012:
    Note: there are frequent variations in the text and numbers used by spammers, in order to avoid detection.

    1. Payment Protection Insurance (PPI)
    IMPORTANT – You could be entitled up to £3,160 in compensation from mis-sold PPI on a credit card or loan. Please reply PPI for info or STOP to opt out.
    2. Quick Loans
    A [redacted] loan for £950 is approved for you if you receive this SMS. 1 min verification & cash in 1 hr at http://www.[redacted].co.uk to opt out reply stop
    3. Accident compensation
    You have still not claimed the compensation you are due for the accident you had. To start the process please reply YES. To opt out text STOP
    4. Debt forgiveness
    Due to a new legislation, those struggling with debt can now apply to have it written off. For more information text the word INFO or to opt out text STOP
    5. Pension reviews
    Our records indicate your Pension is under performing to see higher growth and up to 25% cash release reply PENSION for a free review. To opt out reply STOP

    People in the UK are also being subjected to spam advertising adult content and fake celebrity sex tapes. Whilst not as prevalent as the above spam these can be more disturbing to due to the explicit content of the texts, particularly if received by minors.

    This year’s results differ from last year when spam offering compensation for accidents was most prevalent (40%), followed by messages promising to help with debt (20%) and offering loans (17%). With 78% of all UK mobile users – 3.6bn people – being active SMS users, the reach of SMS spam is extremely high. Although SMS spam is much less common than email spam, it is also a far more trusted channel. Consequently, many users place a great deal more trust in SMS than email, IM or twitter.

    “Many of these spam messages may be from middlemen and marketing companies – the equivalent of cold callers – but others can be started by fraudsters,” continues Bradley. “The most convincing scams are rooted in truth and as we all know, there is greater awareness of the compensation being paid out by the leading banks for the mis-selling of PPI. Consumers should be very wary of unknown numbers, avoid clicking on links in unsolicited messages and remember that anything which seems too good to be true usually is. Whilst consumers are usually quite savvy, many can simply be frustrated by receiving these texts and may feel powerless to prevent them. Consequently, operators should take steps to filter out these annoyances to make sure that they do not even reach the consumer in question.”

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