But it doesn’t do a lot of stuff that Multiply does – well, it’s not really aiming to. Multiply is a social networking site so it offers a whole load of features that a purely blogging site wouldn’t. On WP any blog you set up is either totally public or totally private – unlike here, where we can choose different access settings per post. (Which means that here we can use the same place as a soapbox and also as a way of, for instance, sharing family photos with our relatives in other countries. On WP you’d have to set up two separate blogs if you wanted to do that.) And they have no equivalent to our PM – you can’t send a private message to a blogger on WP.
But what I’m missing there most of all is The Great Multiply Inbox – it is so much more of a faff to keep track of other people’s blogs there! yes, you can subscribe to someone’s blog, and then you have to remember to click every now and again to check what’s new on the blogs you’re subscribed to (ok, I guess I could have that page constantly open as a browser tab, just like I do with my multiply inbox – though I don’t know if the WP subscribed blogs page updates live or not) and there’s no way to mark one as read so that it will come off your list, no quick and easy way to check out just one of them (we’re so spoiled with the filters here). What I do like is that they show a summary or the beginning of the post (depending on each blogger’s settings – you can say how much will come over on the feed – I mean it depends on the settings the blogger I’m reading has set up. so with one I see just one line and with another I see a much larger chunk).
And then there’s keeping track of posts you’ve replied to… *sigh* – yes, there is a place where that is listed, but you have to keep going to different places for different things, and I’m used to it all being in one place.
There are other ways, of course. You can subscribe by email instead of adding it to your WP subscriptions. You can subscribe by email to new comments on a post you’re replying to, but you have to remember to do that each time – it’s not automatic. You can also use RSS Feed – for the whole blog and separately for comments. I’ve done that with a couple of WP blogs and that works pretty well – am beginning to think maybe that’s the best answer. I don’t like getting all that sort of stuff on the email, it’s fiddly going back and forth between web browser and email.
Oh, and the other thing is that if I use RSS feed instead of the WP subscription, the bloggers I subscribe to won’t know about it. Which is less nice for friends who are blogging there who might need encouragement.
*sigh* I guess there’s no place like home…