When switching blog systems the first thing I checked out was CityDesk. Joel Spolsky is one of my heroes, so I wanted to see what his product could do. Turns out it doesn't support comments, which was the single biggest reason I was switching systems in the first place: the quest for a better comments system. This surprises me, because Spolsky wrote this article in defense of bloatware.
The other thing that surprises me is price. CityDesk costs $300. I can use TypePad for two and a half years before I'll catch up to what I paid for CityDesk. (And by that time, I'd probably want to upgrade.) This surprises me also, because Spolsky wrote an article in defense of subscription-based pricing. (But in trying to look it up I find he just linked to an article in defense of subscription-based pricing. The article's here. The link is here. I wonder if life at Everquest Incorporated is sane?)
Is Spolsky just talking the talk? Or am I just not their market?
To CityDesk's credit, it was--marginally--easier to use than TypePad. It was wysiwyg, and I never accidentally deleted a post by doing a Google search. (It's the second time I'm writing this.) This is no doubt due to it not being web-based. Give me comments and a better price and I'll switch.