Experiment

Update: The experiment is over, and I’m permanently here.  Yay!

This blog is an experiment, just in case I decide to dump Blogger. For now, I’m still posting regularly here.

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17 responses to “Experiment

  1. Oh, fun! I love WordPress. If you decide to move here and that you like the features, the next step is to buy your own domain (ofbooksandbikes dot com is available!) and install WordPress on it and then you’ll know that you’re really, truly hooked. ;)

    (There is a lot more that you can do with an installed version of WP, versus what they let you do here.)

  2. Uh-oh. I have no idea how to buy my own domain and install wordpress on it, but I might just see this as a challenge to go figure it out :)

  3. I like the WordPress blog. You and Stefanie are just indecisive, aren’t you? :)

    I tried WordPress a few months ago but decided I didn’t like it.

  4. And I thought I’d been busy tinkering around! My indecisiveness is on the verge of being over. I’ve been having fun playing around and I like that it is pretty difficult to mess things up. And if I decide to change my template none of my sidebar stuff gets lost. I splurged for a domain name and I may eventually splurge for css manipulating rights, but one thing at a time :-) Have you seen the feature that lets you track your comments on other wrodpress blogs? That’s kinda nifty I think.

  5. Do you mean you’ve bought your own domain name, Stefanie? Or are you having WordPress host the blog? It sounds cool to have your own domain name … Thanks Brandon!

  6. Dorothy, I’ll be stalking you no matter where you end up. I do like wordpress though — it has a not-for-so-much-profit, slightly-geeky and into-new-blogging-tools-for-the-sake-of-doing-cool-stuff kind of vibe. The domain name thing is pretty easy. You can do it all on the dashboard of your existing wordpress blog. Basically, you’re guided through the process of buying your domain name and then having wordpress translate your ofbooksandbikes.wordpress.com blog name to ofbooksandbikes.com. I did this a few weeks ago and it works just fine so far.

  7. Interesting. So what’s the advantage of owning my own domain name? I guess it’s that I can do whatever I want with the template, right?

  8. I really like the WordPress blog. I’ve tried WordPress in the past after starting with Blogger and eventually ended up using Textpattern. Moving on from Blogger seems a big jump to make but it isn’t really much of a big deal when you do it.

  9. Yeah, I bought the domain somanybooksblog.com through wordpress (annual renewal) and they are hosting it. However, be warned, you do not get css tinkering rights with the domain, or if you do I haven’t figured out how to access it yet. WordPress’s support is closed for the holidays so I have to wait to ask them about it. And the funky columns not lining up mentioned on your blogger blog comments, I use Safari for my browser and everything looks fine to me.

  10. Brandon

    I started up a WordPress blog, and I must say, they’ve certainly improved on it. One of the main reasons I disliked WordPress was because I’d get a pop-up everytime I tried to post. Plus, I’ve never liked my blog title, mostly because I didn’t think I’d keep my blog going for this long (and six months is a long time for me!). So it looks like I’ll be pulling a switcheroo as well.

  11. w

    Wherever you end up, I’ll be following you into 2007. Can’t wait to read more!

  12. Brandon

    Happy New Year, Dorothy!

  13. For my absidea blog, I use WordPress, but it is not hosted at wordpress.com. I can tweak whatever I want, and having my own domain name means I can change my hosting service when I have too much trouble with the current one, without readers noticing these technical aspects.

    I am interested to know how painful your migration over here is (will be), because I need to move mandarine at mandarinelechat.org and I keep procrastinating.

    Happy new year/blog!

  14. Thank you W and Brandon! Mandarine — the move has been fine except for problems Blogger has caused. It won’t let me export my archives, for one thing. We’ll see if any other problems arise.

  15. Cam

    Too bad that you didn’t get all of your archives. When I was playing around with WordPress recently, I got all of mine. But it was before I upgraded to the ‘new’ blogger. I don’t like now how you can’t get your archives in blogger unless you use their template. whine whine whine….I should make a decision too.

    I like the look of your new blog home & have updated my links.

  16. Cam — it was switching to the new blogger that was my big mistake. Arg!

    Thanks Iliana!

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