Sunday, February 25, 2007

Blogger, Word Press and the Shark Tank

A recurring theme on the internet is how bad Blogger is. Well I have a lot of experience with Blogger and what it can/cannot do. I now have some experience with Word Press too.

If all you want to do is some simple writing, posting a few photos and embed a youtube or two, then Blogger is for you. The interface is very easy to use, although quirky at times. Carl has this running theme where his font changes midway through the post. I always have trouble when posting photos with words. But, and I can't stress this enough, the cost is ZERO.

A few weeks ago I decided to set up a WordPress blog. Now you can do this for free as well. Check out free WordPrerss here. It is obvious from using it for even a short period of time that there are a lot more features on Word Press. But I think many of these features are needed because YOU used to have to pay for your bandwidth. With the new free wordpress, you don't have to worry about a lot of those other issues. If I had to do it again, I probably would have started the blog with WordPress. WordPress does limit the overall size of your blog, though and that would suck if you filled it up and then had to start paying for it. AND change your url.

Whats that? You want to see my new blog? Patience my friend, I will unveil it for you after a little story.


Last year at The Astronomicon (dead as of this writing) I had a rollicking good time with some new friends I met on the internets. Included in his usual excellent posts were the Saturday Football threads that, in the end, got a little too ugly. I wasn't around to see the carnage so can't comment on who said what and when, but Astro seemed pretty upset about the whole debacle. He went on blogging hiatus for a while, now his site is totally dead.


Anyway, the Saturday football comment threads eventually came to be called "the Shark Tank". I think I may have been the one that coined the term but am not sure. It really doesn't matter. The point was that you had to kill or be killed in there. The insults in there were vile and personal. And it was a blast. Fueled by alcohol, football and sidebets (along with our big pool) the Shark Tank became a creature of its own - morphing into at times, an over one thousand comment long trail of destruction.


I understand Astro for not wanting that crap on his blog. Some of the comments really were over the top. I wouldn't want it here either. But I don't want it to go away either. It is with these thoughts in mind that I give you The Shark Tank. I will be probably only doing open threads over there until football season so everyone can keep up with each other, and we now have a place where we can lay into each other and not care.

21 comments:

Snakeye said...

This is good... I already checked it out.

Carl from Chicago said...

when do you sleep?

Dan from Madison said...

You know I don't.

Jonathan said...

Looks good. Do I have to be a football fan or can anybody go over there and start fights?

Dan from Madison said...

Everybody is welcome, we are equal opportunity name callers.

Jonathan said...

OK, seriously. Hosting is cheap. The biggest cost of blogging, on any system, it your time. That's why I'm long gone from Blogger. It wasn't the software, which is adequate, that did it for me. It was the lack of control. One day I tried to post something and found that all posts on the blog had disappeared, due to some Blogger screwup. (The posts were still there, but they wouldn't show up on the front page when you published.) I even sent an email to Blogger's "tech support" address (ha ha ha). Fortunately I was already in the process of moving the blog to Movable Type, so we weren't out of action for long, but I don't want to be in that situation again. If something like that happened to us now (which is very unlikely, since I control the blogging software and the hosting company is competent), I could quickly move the blog to another server or hosting company, using back-up files that I control.

So, even though WordPress works well, I recommend that you spend a few bucks a month for hosting service that is completely under your control, preferably at a company that does not cater to bloggers. You might even consider moving LITGM. It will take some time to set everything up, but once it's running it doesn't require much work (as long as you use one of the popular anti-spam systems), and you won't have to worry about Blogger's occasional blowups.

Dan from Madison said...

Good food for thought, will consider. Thanks.

sk8 said...

Sweet, nice job dfm! Ok, they were personal attacks, but it was all in good fun and you gotta have some thick skin to hang an realize that its all bs anyway. I mean seriously, I dont think JTI really is an emo myspace cutter, or as you said a hungarian molester. If you know its all aimed at getting under your skin, just shrug it off and fire one back. Nice work dfm, you rock.

Dan from Madison said...

Thats croatian...

sk8 said...

Your right, Croatian. Damn Croats, I hate those guys.

johnnyj said...

You are my hero dan!!! Awesome!
I am considering opening my own site/blog so this is informative...

Are you going to move the baseball pool over to the shark tank?

Dan from Madison said...

No, the baseball pool will stay here, it needs to be a little less - how should we say - caustic.

sk8 said...

Can you really get caustic in baseball? Too slow, you'd collect your social security before you would get a reply to a jab.

Dan from Madison said...

Yankee/Red Sox and Cubs/White Sox fans can get caustic on each other. But this pool is for some mild trash talking and good fun, not like the poo we fling in the tank.

Annie said...

I gotta say thanks for leaving the baseball pool here. I don't think I'd last long in the shark tank. Fer gawd's sake, I can still barely go in the kiddie pool after seeing JAWS!
We're gonna need a bigger boat.

sk8 said...

Youd do fine annie, you sound like your well armed.

Dan from Madison said...

Don't listen to him Annie. Be afraid of the tank, be very afraid. Pretty docile for now, but come football season, it is caustic.

sk8 said...

Caustic, such a harsh word. BTW, astro took down his teenage angst post and put up a cheeky anime pic. I just know he was boozin and came across that shot and laughed so hard he HAD to post it.

Dan from Madison said...

I saw that - don't get it.

snakeye said...

looks like Stro is still kicking somewhere... he did something to his site...

Dan from Madison said...

Yea, weird cartoon up there. Meh, I am going to quit checking in there me thinks. I really think he wants to be left alone. If he needs to get hold of me he knows where to find me.