I have to get out of here.
Soon, Blogger will stop supporting FTP publishing, which means that my little experiment with “trusting” servers I don’t own will soon end in tears and I won’t be able to go to the web to post these crazy little missives. If you see the little orange and white “B” next to the URL of this site, you’ll note that this is a Blogger-driven website. Change is coming to me whether I like it or not.
I am less than pleased about that, especially given that I don’t have much time to do anything about it. I mentioned this briefly already.
A host (pardon the pun) of alternatives present themselves, each zanier than the last. A good, good friend installed a Wordpress server on my personal domain, where I’m doing some experimentation. Here’s the options I’m debating:
- Go back to plain jane HTML blogging, manually FTPing files to my domain(s), creating my own RSS feeds (pain in the butt) and writing the blogs “on the road,” transferring them from plain text to the blog when I can sit down at a computer … retiring The Hundred and Four in the process and moving all blogging operations back to the mothership on The Operative Network.
- Let Google shake me down on The Hundred and Four for a custom domain and suck it up (less than attractive)
- Finagle the Wordpress install my homeboy did on my domain and somehow make it look like a page that doesn’t make me wanna throw up in my soul.
- Taking my year-long sabbatical from social networking a step farther into getting offline completely. However, given how therapeutic and helpful for my writing it’s been to shout from the digital rafters, that seems “un-possible.”
I have to make a decision by March 26th, a date that’s bearing down on my wife much harder than me (more on that in a bit … scratch that, probably just links when she’s ready to make her big reveal).
What’s funniest is that this happens less than a year after I finally completely relented to “blogging engines.” I’d done (literally) more than a thousand posts at MySpace and still considered myself keeping the torch burning since I was maintaining my Soapbox by hand, the way spirit intended you to. I created a client site which had Blogger integrated and was like, “oh, that’s not so hard” and now I’m screwed. Stupid trusting Google to not change up the game!
Playing (Music): “The Great Divide” by Vertical Horizon