Fascinating how blog platforms come and go, right?
As many of you have been made aware, Posterous has gone the way of the deadpool and will be permanently closed in less than 2 months time:
On April 30th, we will turn off posterous.com and our mobile apps in order to focus 100% of our efforts on Twitter. This means that as of April 30, Posterous Spaces will no longer be available either to view or to edit.
Right now and over the next couple months until April 30th, you can download all of your Posterous Spaces including your photos, videos, and documents.
Hey, they even offer the opportunity to export your goods and even recommend moving to WordPress which has an importer. Oh yeah.
When they first joined Twitter a year ago many people thought that it would persist as normal but many more believed that this spelled imminent doom for the startup and application – that it was really about a talent acquisition more than anything else.
Well, it may seem like those critics were right.
But something fascinating has occurred out of the dust of Posterous: Posthaven.
Posthaven is a long-term project that aims to create the world’s best blogging platform and stay that way for as long as humanly possible. We’re as sick as you are about having to move your posts and photos every time a service goes away.
Garry Tan and Brett Gibson were two of the cofounders of Posterous in 2008. Posterous was acquired by Twitter in 2012, and while we were happy that it was a meaningful acquisition for the team and investors, we were bummed to see something get shuttered that we believed should last forever.
We know how to build every aspect of a great site, and we’re setting out to do it again.
The cost? $5 a month, forever (or it may go up or down depending on scale). The idea is that they will do their absolute best to have a blogging platform that stands the test of time.
I admire this so-called pledge and I believe they have everything they need to succeed – and yet, I think to myself, why not just got WordPress instead so that you have complete control? Or, as much control as you possible can I suppose.
In the offchance that your hosting provider tanks, you’re out of luck for a while until you migrate it over somewhere else, right? Essentially with WordPress (self-hosted) you can have your blog forever already, and even at a greater discount than $5.00 per month if you’re hosting more than a few sites.
I’m not against Posthaven and there is room for another paid player out there but at the end of the day I still think it’s a little less secure and safe than just rolling your own.
Am I missing something here in my assessment? What do you think of Posthaven’s paid model for infinity blogging?