I am in Blogger jail right now.
And the capital "b" in Blogger was intentional. I mean the blogging platform from Google called "Blogger."
I feel like I am in jail because I want total blogging platform portability. I want a product that will allow me to suck in everything I have written in Blogger into an independent database. I want that for my comments as well. Then I want that database to be able to save my blog universe to Typepad, or Wordpress, or whatever.
Disqus, is an interesting commenting system that allows you to provide much more full featured threaded discussions in place of the default commenting system on standard blogs. Disqus is particularly interesting to me because their commenting system is totally disconnected from any specific blogging platform. As such, your comments are not in Wordpress jail, or Blogger jail or whatever. You can take your blog to another platform and your comments can come with you.
There are problems with Disqus such as the fact that if people search for a word that is in your comments those hits will go to the Disqus web site and not to yours. That of course is good for Disqus and bad for me. I have heard that they are going to fix that and I hope they do.
If they fixed that, to get me as a customer all they would need to do is be able to suck all of the old comments that people have made directly on my blog into Disqus. Then I would have a totally portable commenting world, and I would really love that.
All that would then be left for me to achieve blog portability is moving my actual articles. In this regard it appears that there are at least decent tools for moving from Blogger to Wordpress. I suspect other permutations are also possible, but this is, for me, only half a strategy.
One of the more interesting products in this regard is Profy. Profy is a blogging platform that has lots of cool tools that I havent yet explored. But the feature that really intrigued me was their concept of writing your blog in Profy and having it output to other blogging platforms.
When twittering with Cyndy Aleo-Carreira, Profy's blog spokesperson, I asked her about whether they were going to be able to go in the other direction and actually suck blogs into Profy. She did not promise but seemed to hint that might be something they are going to do.
If Profy did that, I think it would radically change the blogging landscape. It would make things much more competitive. I know that is the kind of thing that would really make me feel like I own my blog. Right now I feel like I write the blog but Google owns it. And so, the whole situation just leaves me with that "not so fresh feeling."