Monday, August 09, 2010

Has Officially Had It With Spam....

And thinks it may be time to move to Wordpress. But I've been screwing around on wordpress for the past 45 minutes and can I just say that the thought of having to redesign my stupid blog and deal with moving and blah is very annoying to me? Grumble. If I move, never fear - I shall direct you to the new location. Still haven't decided yet, though.

5 comments:

Brenda said...

I've been lurking here for a while and this is my first comment. Definitely move to Wordpress. It's not that difficult (I've done it) and it's soooo much better than Blogger. And the spam filter really is amazing. I highly recommend Wordpress. PS: love the blog!

Katrina said...

I abandoned my plans to move to wordpress and moved to posterous; I'm pretty happy there. You might want to check it out.

prof susurro said...

Just thought I'd give you some info as a 4 year veteran of wordpress. (1) you will get just as much spam as any other blog host. On average I get 40 pages per day, more if I write a post about gender, sexuality, or racism. (2) unless you are willing to pay for private hosting, you will be generating income for wordpress without sharing in the profit. Wordpress places google ads on blogs with moderate or more hits. These ads are only visible to logged out readers. On formats like blogger, you would be able to decide whether to have these ads and you would be receiving the revenue. (3) You may also want to consider the recent exclusionary practices of their highlighted blog page which in the last 1+ years has failed to highlight the diversity of users in favor of both homogeneity and sometimes offensive content (posts that mock people of color's use of English, excuse away black face, or posit whiteness as more authentic or natural). I do a Wednesday stat series on this and a colleague, has also done posts about her failed discussions about race and racism with wordpress staff. (4) If you use videos other than those hosted on youtube, wordpress is not for you. Wordpress does not allow flash anything which means most of the tools you are accostomed to in blogger are not available on wordpress especially non-youtube video hosting and book shelf. (5) stat tracking is limited for the same reason.

That said, I love the ease of wordpress, the number of design options, and the comment and blog pages that let you follow your fav wordpress blogs, see similar blogs you might not know about, and track responses to your comments.

Dr. Crazy said...

Thanks for the intel, Susurro. I'm going to try it out over there and see how it works for me. I don't care if I get spam that shows up in my dashboard: the thing that's bugging me about blogger of late is that it's constantly showing up in comment threads and isn't being filtered - and I've noticed this on a lot of other blogger blogs I read, too. I'm sick of the mah jong tiles.

Good to know about the ad thing, though. I'm willing to pay for private hosting if they put ads on my blog - I don't want ads - but I truly don't care about stats - I haven't looked at my stats in over a year. So anyway, I'll see. If I don't like it, I might just move again in a couple of weeks :)

physioprof said...

Wordpress.com is fucken great! E-mail me if you need help getting set up.