Why did I choose myblogsite.com?
I did consciously choose to host my blog here at myblogsite.com (which exited the blog hosting business since I wrote this), but I confess I didn't do a lot of research.
(Interesting sidenote: I saw the link to this site in an ad in my Gmail session. I know Google owns blogger.com, but I didn't see an ad for that site.)
I'll talk more about why here another time, (I want to go for a drive!) but l did look at blogger.com, livejournal.com, and a few for-pay sites, and this looks (again, based on not much research) like the most full-featured free site.
When I first looked at blogger.com, I wasn't as impressed as I'd hoped. Either they've made improvements since then, or my initial look wasn't as thorough (likely) as it should have been; it looks a bit better/easier. (And though I'm a "computer guy", I want blogging to be super easy; I have enough computer-related problems to deal with.)
In any case, I setup a blog at blogger.com to see what I think of it in contrast to myblogsite.com.
I do wish Google would take a lesson from Yahoo and let me have a single account with Google and attach various services (e.g. gmail, blogger) to it. I already have a gmail account, but had to create a new account at blogger.com, which is owned by Google.
A few minutes of working with it reminded me of one of the big differentiators for me: Categories.
myblogsite.com allows you to have categories, which work in the same way as Gmail's labels. (Ironic that Google's own blog hosting service doesn't have this. I know they didn't initially develop blogger.com, but still.)
For reference, here's a comparison of features. I should have re-read that before even bothering to sign up at blogger.com. It does have some cool features, and I may check it out again, but for me, categories are a deal-breaker. I need to write an article about the use of categories/tags/labels one of these days...
In addition to providing categories, myblogsite.com also lets you tag posts with keywords, which, as the help documentation points out, can lend context and improve search results.
They make a good point about this that I hadn't considered; it's conceivable that one might make a post related to a topic without ever directly mentioning the topic. Their example is a post talking about replacing drywall and carpet in the context of a renovation project, but the post doesn't contain the word "renovation". Adding a keyword ensure that it would turn up in a search about renovation.
Now I've moved my blog to its new, probably permanent home, at http://jameselee.alwaysaskwhy.com/blog, hosted by Yahoo! Web Hosting.