I use a steady mix of both online and offline tools/software. I use Bloglines to read my blog feeds. I use Microsoft Word for serious document writing. I use QuickBooks for finances and I use MovableType for my blog management.
When I do not have access to the Internet I do not have access to my online tools. There are pros and cons.
The Blog Herald gives these questions to ask before using online tools:
- Can I afford to do this on my own, not using an online tool, or am I forced to go with one?
- What happens if the tool in question goes offline for a while? Will that make my site look bad, and what damage would that do me?
- What guarantees do the tool offer me, in terms of availability? Can they compensate me should they fail to live up to them, and is their compensation worth the damage I might’ve taken?
- What happens if the tool goes bankrupt, closes down? What plans do I have to replace it, and how much work will that render me?
- If I go with a certain tool, what advantages does it have compared to its competitors? Can I gain more readers using Tool A instead of Tool B, or maybe make some money?
- How reliable is the tool’s service? Is it widely known? Does it work in every web browser, or have a bad reputation?
- If I’m embedding video, is the video player any good? What pros and cons are there to going with a certain video tool, as compared to another? Will my readers understand how to use this player intuitively?
Read the full article here.