Monthly Archives: October 2005

My last post on Blogger

This morning, I made my last post on Blogger. All future posts will appear here.

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Sayonara Blogger. Hello, WordPress

I’ve been blogging here on Blogger for the past 3 and a half years. Now it’s time to move on.

Why? Simply because I need more tools than Blogger provides.

Xeni Jardin, in an article on Wired News from October 27, 2005 comments that “When you invite the whole world to your party, inevitably someone pees in the beer.” And to a degree that is what has happened here at this blog.

One unwelcome reader has insisted on posting comments that disparage and attack another reader often enough that I had to turn off anonymous posting, which in my opinion has diminished what I hoped to achieve with this blog. It restricted the comments on my posts to those who had Blogger accounts, and even though there are a lot of people who have Blogger accounts, many of my readers don’t. And they aren’t willing to create a Blogger account just to post a comment. I don’t blame them.

What I needed was a blogging tool that permitted me to “moderate” comments before they become visible on the blog, so I went in search of a tool that gave me that ability. Blogger doesn’t.

I found WordPress. And now I have moved my blogging to a new location. If you are a loyal reader, then please update your bookmarks to that location. I don’t intend to delete this blog, because I may wish to refer back to it in the future, but this will be my last post here.

In the event that the folks at Blogger want some comments in a kind of exit interview, then I’d be happy to tell them that, for the most part, I have enjoyed the experience of using Blogger. It gave me the ability to get into blogging easily and to learn how to do it. I obviously enjoyed the exercise since I’ve been here for as long as I have. But, since moderation isn’t possible here, it is no longer acceptable to me to use this service. Also since the public API for blogger makes it so easy for splogs to abound and since the reputation of Blogger has suffered so much from that, I’d just prefer to have my blog on a different, more respected service. And yes, I implemented the captcha test to prevent the splogging of my blog, but still I can’t moderate comments of insensitive and cruel humans, who can circumvent the captcha system, and that is something I feel is necessary.

Thanks to those of you who have visited me here. You are welcome to migrate with me to the new location, if you wish, and if not, I appreciate your having been a part of the experience with me here.

So it’s now, Sayonara Blogger. Hello, WordPress.

A new Yonce arrives!

I received a joyful email this morning from my friend and former fellow-employee, Josh Yonce, announcing that Angie, his wife, gave birth last night (October 28, 2005) at 9:57 pm to a son, Ethan Mikeal. The newest Mr. Yonce weighed in at 8 lbs 1 oz and was 22 inches long. Mother and child are doing well, and the only apparent problem is that the new father can’t stop smiling.

The first photos of the young man and his family are available on Flicker.

Congratulations to the happy family and welcome to the world, Ethan Mikeal.

Mememorandum

No, that spelling of the title of this post is NOT a typo. Mememorandum is a what’s-hot-on-the-web-today type site that I visited several months ago when I first heard about it and dismissed because it was about politics, and while I’m privately politically active, I am not into the daily shouting matches about this or that hair-pulling in Washington.

This morning while scanning the blogosphere I came across a reference on Weblog Tools Collection to a Wired News article, Cliff Notes From the Blog World by Ryan Singel from October 21, 2005, in which he announced that Memeorandum now had an aggregation of TECH memes, not just political ones. This development thrills me. Now there’s a place to visit every day to find what everyone else in the tech world is talking about.

I suppose I should explain the obvious, that Mememorandum combines the words “meme” and “memorandum.” So this site collects the ideas that are spreading wildly and presents them in a relatively concise form with links to multiple instances of the idea so that you can explore it more completely, if you choose. Though having a mememorandum about political ideas didn’t enthrall me, having one about tech ideas DOES!

Check it out.

Why I’m here rather than where I was

Since this is an initial post, let me explain to you some of my reasons for jumping the Blogger ship. I have been blogging at Blogger for about 3 and a half years, and there my blog had the same name as it does here (although I may change it here if I can think of a better one). It was an experiment in publishing to the web for me. Blogger was for me, as it is for many, a first blogging experience, and I experienced a number of rewards because of it. I had become comfortable with it, and I had gained a few regular visitors, mostly friends and family of course, and an occasional stranger who sort of tripped over it by accident and let me know that he or she had visited.

In some ways, of course, being comfortable with Blogger led to not “going to the trouble” of locating a better option. As you might suspect, only an irritant, a burr under the saddle if you will, would prompt me to leave. And fate did me the courtesy of supplying just such an irritant by the name of Josh Bryant. This young man decided to bedevil me constantly by posting comment after comment that were maliciously aimed at another reader of my blog who happens to be retarded, the son of a friend of mine. I initially engaged him in an effort to explain about this retarded reader, but Mr. Bryant decided only to become more insensitive and belligerent. For a time I deleted each of his thoughtless comments, but in the end, he would only re-post the same obnoxious comment over and over again. Though I could turn off anonymous posting and did, that also limited other more considerate users’ comments and restricted comments to other Blogger users.

I began to realize that what I really wanted was the ability to moderate comments. So as I searched for a blogging tool that would permit me to do that, I found WordPress. When I also discovered Flock and found that I could create a website here at WordPress.com for free, that gave me the impetus to make the switch. We’ll see how it goes here, but for the moment I am pleased.

Why I’m here rather than where I was

Since this is an initial post, let me explain to you some of my reasons for jumping the Blogger ship. I have been blogging at Blogger for about 3 and a half years, and there my blog had the same name as it does here (although I may change it here if I can think of a better one). It was an experiment in publishing to the web for me. Blogger was for me, as it is for many, a first blogging experience, and I experienced a number of rewards because of it. I had become comfortable with it, and I had gained a few regular visitors, mostly friends and family of course, and an occasional stranger who sort of tripped over it by accident and let me know that he or she had visited.

In some ways, of course, being comfortable with Blogger led to not “going to the trouble” of locating a better option. As you might suspect, only an irritant, a burr under the saddle if you will, would prompt me to leave. And fate did me the courtesy of supplying just such an irritant by the name of Josh Bryant. This young man decided to bedevil me constantly by posting comment after comment that were maliciously aimed at another reader of my blog who happens to be retarded, the son of a friend of mine. I initially engaged him in an effort to explain about this retarded reader, but Mr. Bryant decided only to become more insensitive and belligerent. For a time I deleted each of his thoughtless comments, but in the end, he would only re-post the same obnoxious comment over and over again. Though I could turn off anonymous posting and did, that also limited other more considerate users’ comments and restricted comments to other Blogger users.

I began to realize that what I really wanted was the ability to moderate comments. So as I searched for a blogging tool that would permit me to do that, I found WordPress. When I also discovered Flock and found that I could create a website here at WordPress.com for free, that gave me the impetus to make the switch. We’ll see how it goes here, but for the moment I am pleased.

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is my first post, and it was done automatically for me by the setup. Although I’ve been experimenting with WordPress for the last couple of days on my own system, I believe it advisable to set up the blog here because their server is likely to be more responsive than my home machine. No point in reinventing the wheel after all. So thus it begins here.