I have an idea for a blog. I know blogger and wordpress are perhaps the most ideal for these. I was wondering if Ning can be used to blog. Ning does provide all the features of a wordpress blog. At the same time, can allow others to join in and let them post their articles as well.
So my question is, what do you think about using Ning as a blog website?
Possible, but with blogspot and wordpress the blogs are linear and easier to find. If you use Posterous (before Twitter stops it from doing so) you can post the same blog to Ning, Wordpress, Blogspot, Tumbler etc
Thank you Eric, I had a look at the product road-map. I am waiting for some of them specially the non-members ability to post comments. That will be a killer feature transforming Ning sites to really powerful websites. I read about the wordpress plugin, quite useful. @Doone, does Posterous allow custom domain as well.
I believe Posterous does allow for custom domains. I haven't used it in several months, so I'm not 100% sure.
Having used both Wordpress and Ning extensively, if all you are doing is blog, do it in Wordpress and make it tie into a facebook page for discussions, and to get top of mind in your readers daily surfing. Wordpress is a much more sophisticated blogging tool, significantly more customizable, and much less expensive.
Ning is more geared for sites where the user generated content and the community is the star. Community building is a whole different job description than blogging.
If your technical knowledge is limited, Wordpress and Blogger also have hosted/managed installations. When you are ready to move beyond that you can get a server account and run a custom version of Wordpress, and if you really need a community, then you can add that later.
Of course, the upcoming Ning blog tools might make a big difference in this, but its hard to see how they could match the literally hundreds of plugins and thousands of developers contributing to wordpress at a pretty fundamental level.
This isn't to ding Ning at all, it's great at what it does.