Vox, a blogging community that is owned by Six Apart, the same people who use to own LiveJournal decided to close Vox in what is a quick closing, versus Yahoo!’s gradual close of GeoCities in 2009. Vox plans to phase out their services on September 30, 2010.
Vox was known for their free service that offered a variety of modern and clean templates for bloggers to use. Versus other services (even in comparison LiveJournal), it was very limiting. However, it was a community that served its purpose.
Vox is encouraging users of their service to venture to Typepad, but I am encouraging users to sign up at WordPress.com, especially if they are planning to become a serious blogger. Why? More freedom, more flexibility in the service, a friendly community, and a constantly updated software.
It just makes a lot more sense. WordPress 3.0 had well over 10 million downloads on WordPress.org for self-hosted bloggers (meaning they have their own domain and own web hosting account), which does not include the amount of WordPress.com hosted users.
A long time ago I tried out Vox on a whim as it was a curiosity at the time. I never did anything with it as I just did not find the community as put together like LiveJournal. In fact other than a few people here or there telling me that they used Vox was the only way I knew people actually used it. While I may never have been a loyal user, I am sure there were many. It is sad to see a good service go, but I hope that in closing that we can find better opportunities for bloggers out there.
However, I would recommend bloggers who have used Vox to not use their suggestion of signing up for Typepad.