I'm trying to move away from Posterous because of their acquisition by Twitter, uncertain future, disappearance of support and reduced performance. The handwriting is all over the wall there.
I've been trying wordpress.com lately (douglerner.wordpress.com) and posting to both Posterous and WordPress. And I have everything imported from Posterous into WordPress.
I had been thinking of going with wordpress.com and mapping my domain to my blog, but I ran into 3 issues which have turned into show stoppers. And I wonder if there are plugins or other solutions out there in the WordPress community if I host my own blog at Hostgator.
(1) Several friends I've checked either don't get my wordpress.com blog notifications or they end up in their spam folder or they get the notifications sporadically. This doesn't happen with Posterous, and I can't help but think it's a problem with wordpress.com - their headers or something. Anyway, if subscribers don't reliably get my posts there's no point, so this alone is a show-stopper.
(2) The invite system at wordpress.com is buggy. For example, I have someone showing still waiting to accept the invitation in one place, yet see her as subscribed by email in another.
(3) The other main problem I don't know if there is a solution for or not. Many of my subscribers are friends in their 80s and 90s. I have to make this very simple for them. I was just doing a screen sharing with one of these friends who had received some, but not all, of the wordpress.com notifications. It seems even though there is a clear "Comment" button there he replied to many of my messages, and so the messages went nowhere. In Apple Mail you don't see the address you are replying to - it just shows the name of my blog, so he couldn't even tell it was being sent to a "do-not-reply" address. So what I'm hoping is that there is some plugin or something that will let subscribers reply by email instead of having to click on Comment and go to the web to add a comment.
(4) Of somewhat less importance, but would be great if it was possible, would be an easy way to add subscribers without having to make these people go through a complicated web process to get subscribed to my posts.
Any thoughts on any of this would be greatly appreciated!