Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, March 15, 2010 6:22 am

What to do, what to do?

Filed under: Housekeeping — Lex @ 6:22 am
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If anyone out there is using Tumblr, could you tell me what you think of it?

As both my long-time readers know, I moved this blog from Blogger (hosted on my personal Web space) to WordPress (hosted on WordPress) a couple of years ago. I had two main reasons for the move: 1) Blogger’s frequent service outages were getting on my last nerve, and 2) I was bumping up against the 10-meg limit on free hosting at my personal space.

There were trade-offs. Two big ones were:

  1. I cannot, without paying for the privilege, tweak the CSS of my blog, which I did quite a bit of with Blogger. This blog remains just a hobby. I still have no plans for ads or any other means of generating revenue. So I can’t really justify spending money on it.
  2. WordPress doesn’t support javascript on blogs it hosts, which prevents me from doing some things I’d like to do. It’s particularly annoying in the area of site metrics — WordPress’s stats aren’t as good as those of Sitemeter, which I was using before, or Google Analytics, both of which run on javascript.

So I’m thinking about moving to Tumblr, which means the URL for this blog would change (although if you’re using, I would just change that to point to the Tumblr blog rather than the WordPress blog, so it would continue to take you to the right place automatically). That means people would have to update their links and RSS feeds, and some people find being asked to do this annoying.


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  1. I was recently forced to inhabit a blog for awhile. I immediately mourned for my old site where my hands were not tied. I’m not interested in blogging any other way. I pay about $8 per month for an Elbonian website.

    Comment by Fec — Monday, March 15, 2010 11:27 am @ 11:27 am | Reply

  2. Host your own WP install. I use Dreamhost, cost me $7 or $8 a month. Bluehost is also good and inexpensive. Network Solutions is offering a WordPress hosting package for about $50/year –

    Just some thoughts. A little money, a lot more flexibility.

    Comment by Mark Tosczak — Monday, March 15, 2010 2:38 pm @ 2:38 pm | Reply

  3. I appreciate the thought, Mark, and in a perfect world, that’s probably what I’d do. But in the world I actually inhabit, I was unemployed for most of last year, and I’m still counting pennies.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:01 pm @ 9:01 pm | Reply

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