I've been building a few more sites lately and have found myself gravitating towards SquareSpace (which we use for this site) as opposed to Wordpress (which I use for cormacheron.com.) Why? China.
China has 1.3 billion people (or a fifth of the world's population). The people of China have an interest in the goings-on in the West. China has internet retrictions whereby some websites are blocked. You can view a list of websites blocked in China.
If you were to start a blog on Wordpress or Tumblr and spent a few years on it garnering a build up of traffic, and then you decide to sell stuff then you'd have no visiblity in China. Next week I'll be building overhauling the website of my composer friend Ed Bennett. Now Ed might not have any plans to play in China any time soon but he may get a call in a couple of years saying that one of his orchestral pieces will be played by Beijing Symphony Orchestra. If the Chinese want to find out more about Ed, subscribe to his gigs or buy his CDs it would be good if they could access his site.
I should say also that SquareSpace is pretty good. They are very responsive when it comes to customer service and seem to be working hard to develop their service offering all the time.
So next time you go to Wordpress, Tumblr or Blogspot to start up your new blog, think twice.