By June 11, 2006

The Migration Begins

Welp, with almost 250 entries under my belt, I am going to move away from LiveJournal and onto WordPress, which is the same software used by my buddy Stilts.

LiveJournal is great for community discussions — like my friends Badmagic and $sheWithMultipleLJIndentities, whose more public LJ I cannot seem to differentiate from her less-public LJ right now. Anyway, the nice thing about reading these journals is that they’re more like “omg, I found this cool thing!” or “I had this weird idea, what do you think?” and then all sorts of folks come out of the woodwork to weigh in. It’s like Ars, except on a much more intimate scale.

If you’re into more of a Dear Diary approach, like my friend Fish Sprout, then Blogger (or LJ with the comments turned off) is a great choice. I’ve added some commentary to Fish Spout’s blog a few times, but for the most part, it’s her monologue about doing kind things, like doing another benefit run for cancer.

I, on the other hand, am not very successful at getting my readers involved. I tend to post reviews, or link and runs. I have quite a few motorcycle entries, but aside from that, my posts are more informative than conversational. As such, my LJ has turned into more of a content management tool instead of a diary — and at this LJ is not the best. I was trying to find an article the other day for a buddy of mine, and I had to go through each month’s archive in order to find it. Google’s Blog Search is still a long way from indexing all of LJ. Google says that most blogs were indexed around this time last year, but most of my posts are not indexed. LJ’s tag display system is lacking — I had to cobble together the Show All Tags link, which most of you probably didn’t even know was there. I would really prefer for these tags to be displayed via a dropdown select box, so that you could more easily navigate to whatever you were interested in. Alas, this is not an option.

So anyway, this is a long-winded way of saying that starting Real Soon Now™ I will be migrating my content off of LJ to a new Web site of my own. I already have a wiki set up to house things like my AIM Encryption Instructions, and a gallery so that I don’t have to upload things to ImageShack if I choose.

Hang tight, this should be a bumpy ride 😉

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