Announcement: The Migration to WordPress

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I wanted to let everyone know that I’ve decided to migrate this blog over to WordPress.  The reasons are pretty simple:  while Blogger gives me more control over the physical space of the blog, WordPress’ features are more functional (better comments, better “read more” function, etc. etc. etc.).  I can also easily get a domain name for this blog through WordPress ($26 for hosting and domain registration ain’t too shabby).

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, to be honest, but a lot of things kept me from doing so.  For one, I worried it would affect my readership numbers and page rankings.  Second, importing Blogger posts into WordPress used to be fairly limited; they are, thankfully, no longer so.  These mostly seem like trivial things now; the longer I put off switching over, the more difficult it would be.  So…I’m doing it.  Let’s get it over with.  Let’s get me a proper website and make this site less…buggy.

Doing this will mean some changes for the blog — layout, colors, design, etc.  If you’re an RSS subscriber, you shouldn’t have to do anything at all because I still use Feedburner.  If you’re not subscribed via RSS, then keep an eye out, because eventually this space will redirect to a completely different one.

Nothing will happen overnight.  I need some time to get things set up over at WordPress.  I may post a link to ask for opinions in the near future.  Keep an eye out.  Until I’ve made the switch, blogging will continue as usual around here.

Anywhoodles!

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

2 thoughts on “Announcement: The Migration to WordPress

  1. Are you using a self-hosted WordPress blog, or a premium site through wordpress.com? I used to self-host, but the hackers drove me to wordpress.com. There was a mysql exploit that could have easily been fixed if my hosting company had kept their hosted version of mysql updated, but they refused. It was inexplicable. I could have installed mysql myself, ported everything over, and kept it all up to date manually, but I just don't have that kind of time.

    So now I use wordpress.com premium. It's not quite so custom, but I have not been hacked since. I hope to self-host again one day, when I find a better hosting company and (sigh) some time.

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