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The Bloggies… are they crap?

The Bloggies… are they crap?

Oooh, controversial question, I know. Well, that is, if you care about this years’ Bloggies. But this year’s nominations at least show a little about the rut that blogdom seems to be in.

To take one example, little. yellow. different. has been nominated for best gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered weblog. For the fourth year running. Even though for the last couple of years that I’ve been reading his most excellent blog, there has been very little content regarding his ‘gayness’, for want of a better expression. It’s been about Yahoo, his family, life as a Chinese-American in California (well, I can dream). But it’s hardly been about being gay. As he himself says:

“while I’m gay, I don’t think of myself as that gay”

He’s even actively asking people not to vote for him, and to vote for other gay blogs instead. Then again, he’s won it for three of the last four years. He is the Barbra Streisand of gay blogs. 😉

Fortunately, it seems that my general blog-reading means that I have at least occasionally browsed through most of the nominations for Best British / Irish weblog. Which is probably more than I can say when this year’s Oscar nominations are eventually announced.

Tell me where you are!

Tell me where you are!

There’s a cool website called Frappr!– whereby you can stick a pin on the map of the world, and tell me where you are.

So go on, try it. 😉

Check out our Frappr!

Current issues with WordPress and blog moves

Current issues with WordPress and blog moves

Honestly, it’s like moving house. Except worse because there are thousands of strangers who want to find out where I’ve moved to, and one uber-monster (Google) whose pagerank I’d like to keep. Even though I don’t have access to the .htaccess file on the old server.

Anyway, these are the current issues of the day:

– Despite having chosen a relatively funky new net nickname ID, the one thing I hated it has come to pass. I’ve dropped to the bottom of all my friends’ linkrolls. Damn. Maybe I should have chosen another net nickname. Any suggestions?

– As a quick’n’messy way of seeing daily stats, Google searches and referrers etc., I used Extreme Tracking. Is there a better free system out there that you use?

– I don’t like the way in which WordPress integrates Trackbacks as just an extra comment. Trackbacks and links back to my site are special, darnit!

Guess who's back (take #2)

Guess who's back (take #2)

Yup, I’m back with a new webname, and using a new system – WordPress– on a new host. (Thanks Mark!)

Obviously you’ll have to bear with me while I fluff out the cushions, uncork the wine and start the jazz music. Don’t mind the sounds of metal being scraped and wood being chiselled – that’s just a temporary thing and it’ll get fixed eventually.

Right now, I’m in the midst of figuring out WordPress, and it’s certainly not as “user friendly” as Movable Type. Tricks that were dead easy in Movable Type seem to require plugins galore on WordPress.

However, so far, here are my main issues with WordPress:

– The themes are all well and good, and allow me to change the look at the drop of a hat. However, it’s a shame that if I change a theme, I also lose all the customizations that went with the theme, even though they’re more to do about the site structure rather than the CSS.

– It’s also intensely annoying how if I make a small minor change to a theme which goes wrong, there’s no way of reverting back to safe settings

– There’s no way of meta-managing posts. I’ve got 800+ posts on this system, and if I want to change categories, I have to manually change each one at a time.

– Movable Type had very simple Previous/Next links as standard. To do that in WordPress apparently requires some kind of plug-in – none of which I can get to work!

But on the plus side:

– Good God, it’s fast. Too fast. But then again, I have no HTML backups for Google to read or for me to salvage my website if it goes wrong (again!)

More when I’ve done exploring…

When reality intrudes on blogging

When reality intrudes on blogging

The trouble with blogging comes when your real-life friends/colleagues find it, and read it. And then ask you about it.

I was in the pub with some old friends a couple of nights ago, and every single damn topic of conversation seemed to revolve around something I’d vaguely mentioned in the blog. Mind you, given I had described said pub in unflattering terms in a previous incarnation of this blog, I’m lucky that said friends have a sense of humour about the whole thing in the first place.

But part of the point of the blog was to engender new discussions with new people, and to enrich my life. Not to have my friends ask me about a blog posting a week ago the next time I see them down the ol’ Dog and Duck. And that’s not even to mention my workmates who read this thing. Of course, said friends and colleagues are probably the majority of my audience – which is a shame.

Has reality been a good thing for your blog?

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