Dvorak was assailed by Joi and Anil on his comparison of WP and MT. Anil, via Joi made some comments which I would like to write about. I had written up an extensive refute to all of the points that Anil makes in his email. However, I have decided to refrain from making that writeup public in order to pour some water on the wildfire and extend an olive branch. Before I cluck chicken, I would like to state for everyone, the reasons behind my predisposition.
- My awareness of the problems facing the competing groups in the blogging world was further raised by a very well meaning person. I would like to share some of the thoughts. There are enough blogs and bloggers for all of the groups to coexist happily. There IS enough room for everyone to thrive and be successful. Infighting among the ranks will make the medium weaker and will create strife among the developers and troops that rally for the groups. Strife (of the finger pointing nature) can only mean lost productivity and lost opportunities. Moreover, popularity of the beloved tools is waning while others gain ground with brave new features and sharp, cunning designs. The time we spend arguing about which is better, we are not spending on improvements to our products.
- I do not know whether this email was meant to be published, as a matter of fact, I am pretty sure it was not. Anil was defending his bread and butter and deserves a break. The tone in the email bothered me. Inflammatory in nature, this email would better have not been published.
- I propose a moratorium in this battle. WordPress has gained tremendous popularity in the recent past and continues to do so. MT is a great tool with a rich history in blogging and continues to be the tool of choice for many, many blogs. Bloggers, both famous and otherwise, will have to choose between the tools that are available to them. They will have made their decision based on their own likes and dislikes and will publish these thoughts. It is worth the pride swallowing to accept their views as unique and to give them the respect and the privacy they deserve in their choice.
- MT has a lot of features that make it unique and a great product for a lot of bloggers. WordPress on the other hand, also has a lot of unique features that are very palatable to a lot of bloggers. They are both used by experienced and novice bloggers alike. However, they come from very different business models and the copyrights of these products are one of the unique features that users consider in making their choice. They are different and each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
There are a lot of other battles in this world of blogging. This particular battle is caustic, causes unnecessary friction between a large number of people and is, in my opinion, quite unwelcome. The people involved are all very passionate and feelings can get hurt very easily. I just wish the blogging world would see things this way.