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Blogger vs. WordPress


When I changed my blog over to the new URL, I started thinking about hosting the blog myself, rather than going through blogger. My first thought was “How am I going to move the existing articles over?” I have since decided not to do this, at least for now, but while thinking about it, I realized that I had no backup of my blog entries anywhere. I thought this might be a good idea, so I looked for an export function in blogger, but there isn’t one. After a bit of searching, I found a couple of complicated methods of exporting all of your blog entries. One of these involved replacing your template with a different one, which would change the actual blog itself so that you could basically cut and paste the entire thing and then replace the template afterwards. This seemed like overkill, but then I found a comment that said something like “I just created a wordpress account and imported everything”.

I looked at wordpress and found that not only did it have an import feature that would automatically import all blog entries and comments from an existing blogger blog, but it also had an export feature which would to export your entire blog (including comments) to a single XML file. This seemed like exactly what I wanted, so I created a wordpress blog, imported everything from my blogger blog, then exported it to an XML file. The whole process took maybe 5 minutes, and I now have a 1.4 MB file containing every entry and comment on my blog from the beginning of time (also known as April 9, 2005) until January 26, 2008. I then changed my blogger setup so that it will automatically email every entry I post to my gmail account, and I’ll set up a filter there so that entries automatically get tagged as blog entries and archived so I’ll have a record of those as well.

Truth be told, I actually prefer the look of the wordpress blog to that of my blogger one. The export feature is a very nice thing that blogger doesn’t have, and I was considering switching over to use wordpress permanently, until I saw this at the bottom of wordpress’s features page:

To support the service we may occasionally show Google text ads on your blog, however we do this very rarely. In the future you’ll be able to purchase an upgrade to either turn the ads off or show your own ads and make money from your blog.

I seem to have this implicit dislike of online advertising (though I use (and love) gmail which does have ads, and I appreciate that this is how these services can be offered for free), so no thanks. If I had hundreds or thousands of readers, I could maybe see putting some ads on there for a little extra income (though having said what I said about online advertising, I might feel like I sold out to The Man). However, the way my readership numbers look now, I’d likely make nothing — the odds that either of my readers would click on anything are pretty low. Isn’t it ironic that one of the reasons that I don’t want to switch is because WordPress might show Google ads, while blogger (which is owned by Google) does not?

Another problem is that if I wanted to use http://www.cutthechatter.com (rather than cutthechatter.wordpress.com), I’d have to pay $10 / year, whereas it’s free with blogger. (Well, I have to pay for the domain itself, but I’d have to pay for that either way.) So I think that for the foreseeable future, I’ll be sticking with blogger.

I do think I will have to play around with my blogger template to make it prettier, possibly using the WordPress one as a guide.

National Delurking Week


Happy National Delurking Week! For anyone who doesn’t know what that means, “lurking” is what you do when you read a blog but never post any comments. This week, you are encouraged to post a comment, just to let me know that you’re out there.

For anyone who reads this blog (or its equivalent on facebook), feel free to post something profound, something not very profound, or just “hi”! And remember…

New domain!


I’ve registered the domain cutthechatter.com for my blog. The blogspot URL will redirect to http://www.cutthechatter.com, so there’s no immediate need to change any bookmarks or anything. Right now, you need to specify the www. prefix, but I’m trying to fix that. Update: This is done now, so just cutthechatter.com should redirect you to the blog as well.

The hosting is still done through blogger for now, and I have no immediate plans to change that, but someday I might.

Don’t tell me why you want to know


I use mybloglog.com, which gives me stats on how people find my blog, i.e. of all the people who find my blog, where do they come from? Some of the searches that people have done to lead here are kind of interesting:

Google Search: eric lindros uncircumcised
Google Search: weird thing about linkin park
http://search.sweetim.com/search.asp?ln=en&q=OLD FILM TALKS ABOUT TWO PERSONS HAVE CANCER ONE OF THEM PLAY SKI
Google Search: which arm did anakin lose to darth tyrannus
Google Search: there is a song i heard on q107 making fun out of bryan mccabe who sings that song 2007
Google Search: 2 player can 7up vs diet coke football game

I’m frightened to ask why someone cares whether Eric Lindros is circumcised.

Incidentally, the vast majority are from Google searches. I see the occasional Yahoo search and other searches (sweetim.com I’ve never heard of), but easily 95% are from Google.

A thinly veiled attempt to increase readership


Mmmmmm-kay. I have exactly two lurkers. You’d think that a blog like this
that deals with a fringe sport like lacrosse as well as the day-to-day life of
Joe “2.3-kids-a-minivan-and-a-mortgage” Suburbs would get thousands of hits a day,
but alas, you’d be wrong. Then again, I
don’t care
about reader numbers, do I?

Seems that the real way to attract blog readers is to (a) be famous (nope),
or (b) be an expert in some field and write about that (nope). However, I’ve seen
several blogs about politics, and they always seem to attract the commenters, so
maybe I’ll try that. Note that I don’t really follow politics much, so you might
have to fill in some of the blanks here:

Did you read about what said the other day about
? I just can’t
believe anyone can think that way – those damned s.
Don’t they understand that ? Don’t they remember
? Have we learned
nothing from ?

OK, that’s not working. I guess I’ll stick to writing about stuff that I am
more familiar with, and hopefully my faithful readers will occasionally find it
interesting.

Item: Nicholas had oatmeal for breakfast this morning. I shit you
not.

National De-lurking Week


Happy National De-lurking Week! (Thanks cahwyguy) For those unfamiliar with the term, a “lurker” is someone who reads a blog (or newsgroup, message board, etc.) but doesn’t post anything. This is the time for those who read but don’t post comments to expose yourself! Feel free to leave a comment on this article if you’re reading it – make it something deep and insightful, or just “hi!”.

Just remember:

Lots of article changes


I changed my blog over to the new blogger format today. Visually, there isn’t much difference, but it makes it very easy to change the layout and stuff. One new thing is the addition of “labels”, which you can assign to each article. Down the side of the blog, there’s a list of all the labels, and you can see all the articles with that label. So if you want to see all the lacrosse articles, you can click on Lacrosse. Kinda handy, so this morning I went back and tagged a whole bunch of older articles. I didn’t do all of them (I’ve posted almost 200 articles to this blog since I started it a year and a half ago!), but quite a few. If you have an RSS subscription to this blog, you might notice a whole bunch of new articles – that’s why.

URL changed


OK, the URL for this blog is now officially http://cutthechatter.blogspot.com/. I’ve created a new blog over at the old address, and I changed the feedburner.com feed. Turns out that the LiveJournal syndication user was using the feedburner feed anyway, so I didn’t have to do anything with that. The only other thing I’ve done is edit some old postings on this blog that contained links to other postings — I updated the URLs in the links.

If you notice anything weird, please let me know!

Change to blog URL


I’ve decided to change my blog’s URL from graemeperrow.blogspot.com to cutthechatter.blogspot.com. I’ve never liked the original URL (boooooring), I just created it because I couldn’t think of anything more clever. “Cut the Chatter” wasn’t even the original name of the blog, but I like that name, so I’m going to change the URL. Bonus points for you if you know where the phrase “Cut the Chatter, Red Two” comes from.

If you’re using the feedburner RSS feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/CutTheChatter), I’ll change that as well, so hopefully you won’t see any difference. If you are using the regular RSS feed, that will vanish, so you should switch over to using the feedburner one. There’s a LiveJournal feed as well, but I’m not sure how to change it — hopefully that’s not too difficult. I’ll probably create a new blog on the old address that just contains a link to the new address.

I’ll probably do this tomorrow, or sometime on the weekend; I’m just my readership giving some advance notice now. Hopefully I don’t lose too many readers by doing this, but if you’ve been looking for an excuse to stop reading this blog, here’s your chance!

Changed comments again


I changed the comment stuff on my blog back to the standard blogger comments. The Haloscan stuff was working OK, but I just didn’t like the look of it — to read the comments, you had to pop up a separate window, and that window had advertising links in it, and I’m too lazy to reformat the window to look nicer. I’ve moved the comments made during the Haloscan days back over, though I haven’t found a way to reset the times to the original times, so it looks like I got a bunch of comments on various different entries all within a few minutes of each other on the same day. One of the main advantages of Haloscan is trackback, which is not offered by blogger, but my blog is low-traffic enough that not having it is no big deal.

Update: I figured out how to edit comments, so all the comment dates/times are now correct.

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