A lot of blogging platforms are available over net for writing your contents. Among all the free blogging platforms, blogger.com and wordpress.com are the most popular. Most of the beginner bloggers start their blog on blogger/blogspot. Lets know how Blogger got introduced.
Blogger was started by a tiny company in San Francisco called Pyra Labs in August of 1999. This was in the midst of the dot-com boom. But we weren't exactly a VC-funded, party-throwing, foosball-in-the-lobby-playing, free-beer-drinking outfit. (Unless it was other people's free beer.)We were three friends, funded by doing annoying contract web projects for big companies, trying to make our own grand entrance onto the Internet landscape. What we were originally trying to do doesn't matter so much now. But while doing it, we created Blogger, more or less on a whim, and thought — Hmmm... that's kinda interesting.Blogger took off, in a small way, and eventually a bigger way, over a couple years. We raised a little money (but stayed small). And then the bust happened, and we ran out of money, and our fun little journey got less fun. We narrowly survived, not all in one piece, but kept the service going the whole time (most days) and started building it back up.Things were going well again in 2002. We had hundreds of thousands of users, though still just a few people. And then something no one expected happened: Google wanted to buy us. Yes, that Google. - Blogger.com
Wikipedia explains as "Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a sub-domain of blogspot.com. Up until May 1, 2010 Blogger allowed users to publish blogs on other hosts, via FTP. All such blogs had (or still have) to be moved to Google's own servers, with domains other than blogspot.com allowed via Custom URLs. In July of 2011 a news outlet announced that Google intends to change the name of the service from "Blogger" to "Google Blogs," as part of a larger plan to re-brand or retire all non-Google brands in its portfolio of products and services."
- The Google Toolbar has a feature called "BlogThis!" which allows toolbar users with Blogger accounts to post links directly to their blogs.
- "Blogger for Word" is an add-in for Microsoft Word which allows users to save a Microsoft Word Document directly to a Blogger blog, as well as edit their posts both on- and offline. As of January 2007, Google says "Blogger for Word is not currently compatible with the new version of Blogger", and they state no decision has been made about supporting it with the new Blogger. However, Microsoft Office 2007 adds native support for a variety of blogging systems, including Blogger.
- Blogger supports Google's AdSense service as a way of generating revenue from running a blog.
- Blogger also started integration of Amazon Associates as a service to generate revenue.
- Blogger offers multiple author support, making it possible to establish group blogs.
- Blogger offers a template editing feature, which allows users to customize the Blogger template.
- Google Docs has direct publishing integration to Blogger.
- Windows Live Writer, a standalone app of the Windows Live suite, publishes directly to Blogger.
- In a version of the service called Blogger in Draft, new features are tested before being released to all users. New features are discussed in the service's. Limitations :
- Blogger has imposed the following limitations on content storage and bandwidth, per user account:
- Number of blogs = Unlimited
- Size of pages = Individual pages (the main page of a blog or archive pages) are limited to 1 MB
- Number of labels = 5,000 unique labels per blog, 20 unique labels per post
- Number of pictures (hyperlinked from user's Picasa Web Album) = Up to 1 GB of free storage
- Size of pictures = If posted via Blogger Mobile, limited 250 KB per picture; posted pictures are scaled to 800px
- Team members (those that can write to a blog) = 100
- Stand-Alone Page = Limited to 10 stand-alone pages
By offering a free service blogger.com has received a lot of appreciation and it keeps growing in its space with introducing various inbuilt tools and options which make blogging easy.