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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Just Playin'

Oh boy, the first post...

The first post of any blog never seems to be too important, does it?  Well, things don't change here.  I setup this blog specifically to play with one of the Blogger templates.  We web designers are always messing around with design tools.

I don't know why, but Google seems to allow users more control in Blogger than in Google Sites.  This is curious to me.  Perhaps they are trying to make Blogger as competitive as possible in the blogosphere as they have real competition with WordPress, Blogster, Tumblr, Thumblogger and other online blogging platforms all offering something with a different advantage.

What I like about Blogger is that its open to allowing you to upload your own design.  And this is my exact criticism of Google Sites, which does not allow a user code level access to setup his/her own designs. 

There does appear to be that option once you are managing a Google Sites site in a group environment, but then it seems that the design is no longer the property of the original designer and Google can then share it with it's Blogger Users.  Something wrong with that, if you ask me.

Which is frustrating for a designer.  Oh, sure, I have places I can host my sites, I run quite a few web hosting solutions such as Site Domains and <S>webhost.  I just like to play with all the different tools that there are available out there.  And there is absolutely no way that I will giveup the complete control I have over one of my own hosted websites on one of my web hosting packages.  But, as a designer, I am curious about the different web design tools.  As blogger has its own little design platform, I want to be in-touch with it should a designer ever request my services to design one of their Blogger websites.

Blogs are actually pretty interesting and unique tools.  I love the fact that other blogging platforms serve a better solution to mobile smartphones and internet connected hand held devices (such as tablets, PDAs & portable video game devices).  For some reason Blogger doesn't do this.  I think its because Google AdSense is so well integrated into the Blogger platform and they don't want to lose that ad platform or jeopardize their ad revenue, which is really extremely silly since that is already a huge part of the smartphone platform.  Developers are always putting out free apps in order to share in the ad revenue from clumsy fingers on tiny touchscreens.

So, as I said, I am just here to play with Blogger's design system.  I specifically wanted to play with this template called "Picture Window".  But I do plan on starting a whole nother blog and designing one of my own interfaces on that one. 

See, I told you the first post is just an attempt to get a blog started.  Nothing new in this one.  But I do hope to keep up the blog and post a bit.  Not a great deal, but I hope that I will be regular and consistent as I blog.

Take Care!  -Doug Peters

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