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Resurgens

This month has brought some much needed spring cleaning to my blogging. After a number of months focusing my personal bloggin’ on Vox, I’ve found that the “even your Mom can use Vox” features are slowing me down and I’m missing some of the features of a more traditional blog engine.

So I’ve moved things back to WordPress.com, the free hosted software I most liked last time I was testing.

Another key change… in the past year I’ve taken to writing in both spanish and english. This got awkward on a single blog, as presenting in 2 languages on one blog presents only so many options, each with significant problems.

  1. Write entries in one language and include an auto-translate link
    • Pro: write once and in one language, minimal confusion for readers of the primary language
    • Con: auto translation is full of fail, people who read the secondary language have no navigation cues
  2. Write entries in both languages, put both in one entry or post each entry twice
    • Pro: everybody can see the entry, original writing in both languages
    • Con: everybody has to scroll past content they can’t or don’t want to read, must write everything twice, don’t write a lot of entries due to increased writing load

In the end it looks like it will be easier to split the blog into 2 instead of double posting everything. I’ve had complaints about “stumbling over entries in multiple languages” and I know there’s things I “was going to” write that I never got to because I didn’t think I’d find time to write about it twice.

So from here forward, English content can be found here at Qinglong yanyue dao and Spanish content at Yanyue dao.

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Words from the geekphone

Now that I’ve replaced my old Palm with the geekphone, I’m getting back in the habit of writing notes and journally snippets when I get free moments. I’m trying to figure out how (whether) to incorporate them into the LJ here.

So I’ll be experimenting. We’ll see if more comes out of it than the journal experiment from months ago.

If I balance it right, it’ll probably just feel like I’ve added a set of meditations or affirmations to what’s normally here. Should make for an entertainingly odd mix.

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resurfacing

It’s time to end my blogging hiatus.

In efforts to rebalance my time, I decided I needed a bit of a blog vacation to reacquaint myself with sleep and some of the other on and offline activities I used to engage in during my bloggin’ time. Besides, my inner copywriter was starting to get out and shame my regular, more mediocre writing, so it was off to solitary… for his own good.

One of the more visible parts of my hiatus is giving some care to my flickr photos and setting up some groups to share family photos. (Like pics of my nieces, also available on blogger.) Time on my family’s web board won’t be visible to most of you, but there’s other things I may scare up some photos for when there’s time.

This one’s only a promise that there’s posts in the pipe, and a somewhat lame apology for not mentioning I’d be disappearing. But to focus on what’s ahead, I’ll start off with a meme or two (the music 8 ball one’s taking forever). We’ll see where the muse leads from there.

…and I’ll try to get myself back up to date on all those blogs I haven’t been reading or commenting on.

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an end to testing

The three way comparison of blog software is now ended, and because almost everyone is already going to my LJ for their dose of 青龍偃月刀, the LJ will serve as the home of the original crescent moon blade for a while.

Multiposting and copying comments across 3 blog editions was becoming too great a burden. See you at the LJ!

(btw–this was consistently the lowest traffic edition. I'm not sure if it was a visual design issue, lack of people already in the WP community, or if I'm just lucky that way.)

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experiment

A week ago I threw around some ideas about what blogging software I’d prefer for my personal blogging.

Looking back on it, I was talking based on pretty limited experience.

  • I love how WordPress works when it’s on my own host, but how is it when they’re doing the hosting?
  • Are there features that Blogger provides that I missed when I did my little test blog?
  • As much as I love LJ’s social tools, is it missing anything that still drives me nuts?

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Blogger disappointments

Having run into another friend on Blogger yesterday, I finally set myself up a little account to see what they have to offer, see if it’s worth switching from my LJ ways.

I like the customization, but I’m really not sold. I’m actually less sold than I was before checking it out. (WordPress.com’s more tempting, but lacks the same key feature.)

An advantage Blogger provides over LJ (comparing free account to free account) is the ability to code your own template. This means finally being able to add the AudioScrobbler/Last.fm and Flickr javascript bits I’ve been wanting to add to my LJ, along with one analytics program or another.

But it comes at the cost of LJ’s security and friends features, which I hold near and dear.

Thus far, I’ve seen no way to write a private or Friends-only post in Blogger. You either post something for the world to see, or you don’t. On the LJ, I can hide the personal stuff from unwelcome eyes and keep it to the friends and family, or some subset of friends or family.

Blogger might handle a family blog nicely… except that my top priority for a family site is to keep access to family members. If that’s not a concern, Blogger might serve you well. Though honestly, in many respects, WordPress.com is a better free service. Still no “just the family” posting though.

*Sigh*

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