Blogger (website)

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Name: Blogger, BlogSpot
Owner/Maintainer: Google, originally Pyra Labs
Dates: 1999 – present
Type: blog host
Fandom: N/A
URL:, blogs hosted at
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Blogger is a blog hosting service. It allows integration into other websites or provides subdomains at

Blogger is one of many blogging services used by fans, although it proved to be less popular than alternatives such as LiveJournal. One advantage of Blogger is its easy integration into fans' personal fansites.


From in 2000:

BlogSpot is a free hosting service for Blogger™-powered blogs.

Blogger is the easy (non-tedious!) way to update your home page. Keeping a journal, what's new page, weblog, project page, or any other type of frequently updated web page with Blogger is as easy as typing in a form.

Blogger will publish to any web site, but if you don't already have one, BlogSpot makes it quick and easy to get started (and did we mention it's free?).

Blogspot vs. LiveJournal

In a 2012 Fan Fiction Oral History Project interview, Via Ostiense discussed the differences between Blogspot and LiveJournal circa 2002:

LiveJournal was much easier to set up. It was visually more pleasing because most of the formats, I think, were at least two thirds of the screen were text, whereas Blogger, I think, has pretty much always been—the text is in a fairly narrow column, like a third or a quarter of the width of the page. And I am a fan of more words wherever possible. And other things were that—threaded comments; threaded comments on LJ were a really big thing, and being able to follow people on my—through my friends list, instead of having to—I don't know if there were RSS readers back then or not—but following people through—. I never actually found anyone who I really wanted to read on Blogspot. Like I had one, and my high school friends had them, and some people had Xangas, but ... It wasn't ... LiveJournal's—the friends list made it easier to just see everyone's updates and sort of get a feel—feel more in the loop, and feel more connected to people when their updates were posting constantly to the friends page. And I also really liked the field where you could put in what music you were listening to. I have no idea why, but it was a thing.

--Fan Fiction Oral History Project with Via Ostiense

Example Fan Blogs

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