[GEEKY] Possible Decision to move to SquareSpace

I finally got my new blog on WordPress.com working. That should have been the simplest but their automatic spam detector encountered a single post referencing some free iPhone upgrade service I once mentioned. I had no idea that they were not legitimate at the time but anyway, I deleted that mention and all was well again.

So now WordPress.com looks like a good candidate. I know wordpress and I can run my blog, essentially unaltered on their site, for free, and ditch my $25/month server that does almost nothing other than serve up my blog.

Oh but there’s a fly in the ointment. WordPress.com does not allow me to keep my TextLinkAds. And I make over $100 per month on those so there goes the ‘free’ aspect of wordpress.com. It turns out that squarepspace.com has no so restriction, so they are once more in the lead.

Just wanted to update you … and have an excuse to post so I can see how I like this squarespace.com which at $12/month seems like a pretty good alternative just about now. Right now I am waiting to see whether I will be able to import my whole (6 years) of wordpress posts, while preserving the urls so my link juice and ad revenue does’t evaporate on me. I am optimistic.

[GEEKY] Moving away from self-hosted salas.com blog

Running my own Linux server has lost it’s sex appeal. Now I am going for simplicity and so I am exploring simply not having my own server but using one of the several cloud services. It turns out that there are lots of little bumps in the road to move from one to the other:

  • I like Tumblr. But there are no good ways to move from WordPress to Tumblr. Worse, when you move from one to the other, you have to deal with images yourself, in other words, Tumblr doesn’t let you upload your embedded images into their service. Hence I would not be able to Kill my old www.salas.com server.
  • Posterous looks interesting. That’s what you are looking at here. They imported my whole old blog apparently without a problem. But: they don’t have an API that BlogBridge works with (yet) and my other favorite posting app, Marsedit doesn’t support their apis either.
  • WordPress.com is another option that I am still exploring. They accepted the whole thing on from my old salas.com blog, but then promptly smacked it down because their algorithms decided that it contained spam or other badness. So it’s currently in pergatory. Still pursuing that one.
  • SquareSpace: did a very nice job importing my stuff and seems to do a nice job in general. But it is not free. Looks like about $12 per month. Well right now I am paying around $25 per month so it’s less but still, not free.

So you see my friends, things are never simple… I will keep you posted.