Why I Won’t Hire a Google Blogger Blogger

In looking for people to help write content for some new project ideas I have, I have been sorting through resumes, blogs, and all sorts of material that people are sending me to prove their worth, and one personal thing I noticed is that when I see a Blogspot address I immediately cringe. Sure, Google’s Blogger platform has gotten better, but it still says to me that the writer wasn’t willing to spend their time and money to set up a WordPress blog.

Also, there is just so much spam on Blogspot that I don’t understand why people still use it as their publishing platform. To be associated with a what amounts to nothing more than a spam site is just a little shameful to me.

Is it unreasonable to filter people out of a possible job because of the blogging platform they use? Probably. The best writer in the world could be on Blogger, but I will probably skip over them because of where they decided to host their blog. Yes, its free and easy, but as a geek, I guess I expect more from the people I work with. And if nothing else, it usually means they don’t have WordPress experience, something I need people to have to really do well in working with me.

8 thoughts on “Why I Won’t Hire a Google Blogger Blogger

  1. Jacob

    Considering that you need them to have WordPress experience, it may be a good idea to eliminate anyone who only blogs on Blogger, but I would imagine that you are going to run into a lot of people with blogspot addresses applying for blogging jobs.

    If someone makes the effort to learn WordPress and, very likely, installs it on their own domain, they are probably too busy running their own blog or just not interested in blogging professionally.

    You’re best bet for finding new talent, committed to your project is probably to not eliminate those that took the free route–and overlooked WordPress.com, of course. πŸ™‚

  2. AhmedF

    Short-sighted. I know enough millionaires using @aol @comcast.net etc email just because it is an ‘easy to use’ tool. Google Blogger falls in the same hole.

  3. Tom Beaton

    I guess in an ideal world you would consider all applications equal. If you need wordpress experience then ideally they use wordpress. It is important you share some values with the person you hire.

  4. WTL

    Kind of funny – I agree wuth AhmedF – one of the individuals I think is the best off that I know uses AOL. [shrug]

    In general, I don’t think I’d exclude someone from a content-producing job based on the tools they use.

    Would you not hire a writer because they have used Olivetti typewriter because the office has IMB Selectrics? Of course not. Granted, the difference between typewriters and blogging tools is substantial.

  5. David

    Again, all of this isn’t meant to say that people doing different things suck, but more as a post about something I noticed while looking through potential applicants lately. I had bad experiences with Blogger and think that there are thousands of horrible bloggers for ever decent one on there.

    I also think that bloggers that want to be paid for their work have to have a certain understanding of the industry that they want to enter. I doubt that I ever would have become a full time blogger had I started out on Blogger as the platform is as much of a limitation as it is easy.

    I will definitely work harder on not lumping them all together.

  6. Jan Karlsbjerg

    Well… I recognize some of what you’re writing from my own instinctual reactions. (OK, let’s not drag the whole “Apple” thing into this particular discussion :-)).

    But I also recognize that this is close to being geek snobbery. Wouldn’t you agree? πŸ™‚ You can probably only be casual about rejecting writers based on their domain when the ratio of applicants to openings is high. You don’t want to get “stuck in your ways” if the ratio tilts the other way.

    Also, there is just so much spam on Blogspot that I don’t understand why people still use it as their publishing platform.

    How do you feel about folks who use Blogger and FTP to their own domain? Is it just the “blogspot.” string that turns you off?

  7. Jackbo

    New reader…horrible first impression.

    This is the most ignorant logic I’ve ever seen from someone in web development. You said yourself that a good content writer does not depend on their method of posting. Secondly, all blog platforms are so similar, if you’re able to use one. you should pick up the others (WordPress) very quickly.

    It’s not about what you want or think, it’s what your visitors want and what that person can add to your product/service/site.

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