A few of us are getting peeved again at the amount of time ModBlog has been down lately. I’ve been toying with the idea of moving my entire blog over to my own drupal installation and offering blog space to friends too.
The positives of Modblog are many. I think the gallery is the most impressive thing about it, but there’s also the sense of community generated from the automatic links to other users as they browse your blog. You have a feeling that there is an audience of some sort out there. But I have to say it’s a pretty non-vocal one. The only comments that are ever posted here really are from my own IRL friends.
The other features here are nice, but there are mostly equivalents in a drupal world. So really the only major negative of moving to this new blogspace would be the lack of a really good gallery management system. There are drupal-based gallery mods, but they suck by comparison with the one here.
The big upside of moving would be the ability to limit access. No anonymous browsing (unless we want it). This would mean that the audience for the blogs would be limited in size, but the idea would be that it would become a more close and vocal sub-community that we would all feel free to participate in just outside of the public gaze. More of an invitation-only party than a public event.