A quick thanks for the great help. This weekend I plan on doing some test work (e.g. emailing .jpg is a big issue to see, or using the editor recommended) on both environments, more a bit later. It does seem that a good blog can be the central point for other aspects (special web pages, forums, mild discussion, etc) with less muss and fuss.
Exactly the type of feedback needed. More laters
Here are my two test-only blogs .. In blogger the Eudora pic did not take directly, I added it by hand by Abbyy-->file and then Blogger upload.http://heavenlywitne...stest.wordpress.com/http://purebibletest.blogspot.com/
So far I have been testing Eudora and Windows Live Writer. I can see that WLW has a major advantage in pic-to-blog .. one that alone is enough to make it the standard.
Big surprise .. Wordpress took the Eudora inline .jpg pic perfectly ! .. hmmmm .. and a nice large size ... but .. wait .. the color and maybe font size was lost so far.
The decision between WLW and Eudora now leans strongly to WLW. Oh, it looks like WLW also has an "Image Size" option, that can avoid the later adjustment.
Next .. compare BlogDesk (no Blogger though) and anything else interesting to WLW. I see that WLW surprises a lot of folks for the quality of the MS app so it is clearly acceptable from the get-go. A bit shocked ! shocked ! to actually maybe like a specialty MS app.
Wait .. more important now ... email control of commenting .. Disqus .> I tried to install on blogger . it shows up in the Page Elements but not on the page. Hmmm.. Comments are enabled properly. So testing this out is the next project .. after that I can probably post immediately .. haven't tried Wordpress-Disqus yet .. also have not decided on the redirection issue (that can wait a few days anyway).
Ok.. Disqus works fine Blogger.
Disqus install on WordPress says it is for "WordPress (self-hosted)" and I do not see PlugIns on the Dashboard site. So for Disqus on WordPress I think .. ? .. it only applies after the hosting is switched.
Apparently there are three main players in email control, and other comment enhancements, of WordPress comment:
a) WordPress plug-ins
c) Intense Debate
With Disqus holding a "cutting edge" edge over ID .. especially in interface and stuff that does not matter to me like social networking .. while ID has a slightly closer integration with WP (owned by the same company maybe ?).
. I can see how in a mixed environment of blogs of more than one type (WordPress and Blogger) Disqus has an immediate advantage. So do I try to switch away to self-hosting WordPress quicker ? .. or wait .. (not looking for complicated comment threads in the beginning anyway). And do I understand this properly.
Now I number of people consider external comment systems:
"a solution in search of a problem"
.. that for many environments the built-in systems work just fine, thank you. http://www.wptavern....-intense-debate.html
Since I have easy, quick access to the net pretty much wherever I am, I may go the internal comment route, initially, and then maybe only switch on Blogger, where the variables are less (ie. you are on their platform anyway, so you do not think of the problem of moving the lock with the stock and barrel) and because WordPress is strong on native plugins anyway.
One possible conclusion .. if your blogs are going to be 1, 2, 3 .. and comments is auxiliary (e.g. you direct intense discussion to a web discussion forum) these external comment forums may be overkill .. they may shine more on a real multi-blog setup .. to avoid a lot of ins and outs between blogs, one-point control.
So far the score is :
Wordpress and Blogger - a bit of both .. Wordpress looking more neato hefty for certain long-term usage, Blogger looks like fun, both are very nice and the way to tell more is to use one from Column A and one from Column B.
Windows Live Writer
leader of the pack (e.g blogdesk did not handle pics internally, a major aspect for me, as simply)
Wordpress .. native system plus plug-in, if available on WP host, or later when self-host if not available now
Blogger - Disqus a possibility, close call, probably start clean for the first weeks using standard Blogger