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June 28, 2009

PDN picks the top five biggest internet photographers

PDN Online has created a (subjective) list of the five biggest photographers on the internet. This is a list that gives heavy weight to the relative impact of each photographer's online success. Be sure to read the whole introduction on the PDN site for details on what criteria they used.

The list picks a photographer from each of five popular Web 2.0 platforms. Interestingly, the photographer who was selected for the blogging category is actually using a Blogspot-hosted blog. So think about this the next time you consider spending thousands on boutique blog templates and convoluted Flash animations! We won't reveal the final five here, but we gave a strong hint for the blogging category :)

Speaking of Blogspot, we have to remind you all as a PSA: because Blogger/Blogspot does not have for-pay customer support, if your blog has a major problem or disaster, you are at the mercy of Blogspot employees patrolling the support forums to notice desperate bloggers begging for help. Then you have to be lucky enough that a Blogspot employee notices the problem and fixes it properly - and quickly. Those who have been through this like we did can attest, this is a hit-or-miss - at best. And while we love Blogspot and still have our smaller and older blogs there, we cannot take that risk with the bigger blogs. This is why we shifted the main blogs to a for-pay platform with fast and efficient customer support here at TypePad.

If you have a blog at a free platform (Blogspot, Wordpress.com, Vox, Livejournal, etc), the question you have to ask yourself is this: How would I feel if my blog was down for a day? How about three days? How about a week? Two weeks? A month? Two months? Depending on your answer, you may want to consider moving to a platform that either offers built-in hosting and professional customer support (TypePad, SquareSpace, etc), or gives you full-control (self-hosted Wordpress, Drupal, MovableType, Joomla, etc). We'd rather spend more of our available time on blog-content than playing webmaster and blog-server admin, so we decided to go with a professionally hosted and managed service like TypePad.


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