Some negative karma things floating around the blog these days…the continuing issues with Bloglines, issues with pinging Technorati, issues with uptime. It’s all got me a bit funky, which says much about how important the blog has become in my meager existence. (I need to get a life, I know.) And I’m wondering how much of it is the blogware I’m using. As much as I want to believe that Manila is in my future, both the company Website and the CEO’s blog have fallen silent. Not good.
So I’m considering an attempt at moving this site to Word Press. My host says it can be done and that I could still use the same RSS feed (which is crucial) but that I might lose the comments (which would really suck.) And there might be other disruptions while attempting to get to the other side. I’m so conflicted, but I’m thinking that I’m going to have to do this eventually, so better now than later.
Any advice, feedback, ideas?
And by the way, thanks to the many of you who commented back to my RSS plea (although you probably won’t be reading this in Bloglines anyway…frustrating.) A number of people even e-mailed me with reports, and it’s very much appreciated. That and the fact that I just sold 50 copies of my book to a bookstore are getting me through. (And of course the lucky fact that the rest of my life is incredibly good and exciting and crazed and happy. Perspective…right?)
John Pederson says
I’d move over to WordPress before people really start reading your stuff. :O) It’s tough to switch if you blog someday gets popular.
Seriously…I think you’ve nailed it. If not now, you will have to move later. The bandaid needs to come off at some point. Begin pulling, go quick.
I’ve played on Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, and Drupal. I’ve been extremely impressed with WordPress 2.0, the support I’ve received, the documentation, and the flexibility I have to try just about anything I want (and more). The transition will itch a little bit, but I think you will be happy once you get through.
Andrew Cowell says
I can’t really comment on what you should do about Word Press, but I too had to change blog-sites (although, only really because I didn’t want to have to pay), so I can understand your frustration. As a footnote, here is the reply I got from Bloglines re your feed:
Web Form: [Feeds]
Response (M.M.) 02/01/2006 06:13 PM
It appears that our crawler has been banned from polling this feed source. We appreciate that you have brought this to our attention. You may want to contact the publisher for more information regarding this issue, as well. We have forwarded your information to the appropriate technical department for further investigation, and regret any inconvenience.
Customer 01/31/2006 11:11 AM
My RSS feed from http://www.weblogg-ed.com/ seems to be faulty and it also seems I’m not the only one (see the posts on the webblog above). According to the blogger as well, there is nothing wrong with the feed address. I have just tried to re-enter the xml address and have been told ‘you are already subscribe to that blog’ – so that would seem to affirm that there is nothing wrong with the address.
I don’t know if this is any different from the others you have received, but perhaps it will help.
P.S. Still not getting your feed, but now the red [!] has disappeared as well. At least having it on my Bloglines list reminds me to visit your blog each day.
P.P.S. 0935 GMT, just added a new feed to my blog roll, refreshed the page and my weblogg-ed feed updated. Does this mean it is back?
Jack Macleod says
Yay – you’re back in my Bloglines Will.
It’s amazing how disruptive to my workflow it’s been to have to manually visit your site everyday to see what you’re writing. Damn you for showing me bloglines and RSS feeds and all this other great stuff – now I’m dependent on it.