Blogging Platform Ambivalence


This post was originally published on my blog on December 2nd, 2014

I’ve been blogging for a while using Fargo and although I love having the entirety of my blog contained in a single outline (or OPML file), I assume that Fargo is unlikely to be developed further by Dave Winer. Fargo has a relatively low adoption rate, and unless Dave open-sources the app, I don’t see it lasting for decades. (And even if he open-sources it, one would still have to create a new Dropbox app in order to make it sync with the OPML files stored there.)

This post you’re reading was written in Evernote, and published via I have no idea whether this app will last long either, but at least it has some seed funding and a business model.

What both of these apps have in common is that my data lives both in the cloud (Dropbox/Evernote) and my desktop computer, since both sync all data to my hard drive. Also, I don’t have to worry about upgrades or MySQL table corruption and so on, as I would with WordPress. Don’t get me wrong, I love WordPress and run my astrology site on it, but sometimes it’s just a headache to work with, and I like to keep my personal blog simple.

The beauty of is that I use Evernote for nearly all of my brain dumping anyway, so why not blog there as well?