Blogger, today more known as Blogspot, is one of many properties owned by Google. Everybody with an active Google account (registered Gmail service for instance) can start blogging right away and can open many blogs with only one account. Even more - we can create blogs with multiple users, integrate Adsense, generate traffic and build a real business with no upfront costs in a relatively short amount of time.
But like other Google properties, it can be abandoned in virtually no-time. Their clumsy transition from HTTP to HTTPS standard (enforced by Google, by the way) is just one of dozens of examples of Google's handling of its own 'family'. We have recently seen how Google Plus, a powerful, yet too late born alternative to Facebook and Twitter died despite hundreds of millions of dollars invested in the project. We have seen numerous great blogging platforms (Blog.com, Posterous.com) being shut down in last years and we'll definitely see more.
It's also a well-known fact we should not carry all the eggs in one basket, so it's logic to have one blog on Blogger and open another in a different environment if we need two or more blogs for whatever reason. This is where the alternatives come handy. This post is all about alternatives. It will shortly introduce several options with their main pros and cons for unskilled users. There will also be a few examples where you can see how the result looks.