Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Over the past week, I have given some serious thought about moving this blog over to Blogger.
Everyone who has read this blog has seen that I have always been a pretty huge supporter of people who take the time to code their own blogs, and pretty much have looked on in disdain at the 10,000,000,000 cookie-cutter-looking blogs that pop up every day in the worlds of Blogger, Wordpress and the like.

When I began this site, the word “blog” wasn’t even known to too many people, and I really took great pride in going out, buying some web development software, and teaching myself how to build a site from the ground up.

It’s been a bumpy road, to be sure. You old-timers around these parts will remember my FIRST forum, which sucked so bad it was laughable. Then came the phpbb forums, which were a huge improvement, but still not what I really wanted.

And NOTHING was as painstaking as trying to get the RSS feed set up correctly on this site recently. I was extremely proud that, after almost a month of failures, I was finally able to set up something that could pass for a valid rss feed.

I think the final nail in the coffin for me was this past weekend, when I was looking up my site in Google reader. For anyone who uses it, you might have noticed that for each subscription you have, there is a line that shows you how many stories on average that blog posts per week.

You know what mine says? 0.0.

Because apparently there is STILL something fucked up about my feed that google reader doesn’t seem to be able to tell that when I am posting content.

Then, I got hit with the old one-two punch. This weekend I decided to archive April’s posts (another thing I have to do manually), and I realized that, because my posts' URL will change when archived, anyone trying to access any content from April thru their RSS subscription will now get my homepage, instead of the story they were looking for.

So, I sat here like a jackass for about 2 hours trying to come up with a way where I could trick the RSS readers out there into still linking to the proper stories…

Then I finally looked up and said, why bother?

Maybe it IS finally time I move over to Blogger, and have all these things taken care of for me. I registered www.slydesblog.blogspot.com years ago, I just never used it, but maybe its time I finally do.

I really hate to give up the freedom I have here, but maybe it’s time.

But then I have all you guys to consider. Will you all follow me to my new digs? Will you take the time to update all your links to reflect my new site? Should we sleep together on the first date? Will you all still respect me in the morning?

I think I’ve almost made up my mind, but I'm not quite there yet.
So what do ya’ll think? Pack it in here and head out west, or circle the wagons and stand my ground?

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