Regular readers will be aware that I've been looking for a place to write where I won't be unreasonably unpublished with no real recourse. Blogger has been a good home and there are lots of things I like about it. Because it's relatively simple, it has allowed me to just let it run on its own without much managing.
You may have noticed that I only did one brief post today. Besides it's being a slow news day, I've been setting up a new home--with major help from MC:
My plan for now is to try to do my new writing there. The setup is all new to me, and I don't really understand it fully. It seems that if you subscribe you may get new posts sent by email--or is it just a notification? Not sure.
I'm not planning on trying to monetize anything, so that part stays the same.
One thing that may change--comments. Comments are enabled. As most of you know, I've managed all comments here--meaning, I've enabled all comments individually and in a relatively small number of cases have declined to enable comments. The benefit in that for me has been that it has kept me close to readers who care to comment, since I've read every single comment that has appeared. I'd like to continue in that mode, but right now I don't see how to do that.
Thanks to MC I've been able to import all the posts here--incredibly, to me, the number is approaching 2800. Unfortunately, as I said above, the archive section at Substack isn't at all user friendly, and for now I don't see any way to change that. Two additional things about the imported posts:
1. We couldn't import comments. So we'll be starting from scratch.
2. Substack has a method for embeds that's different than Blogger's. As a result, if you look at an old post that has a video or a tweet or image embedded, there will be a link, but not embed. You can follow the link, or come over here and look up the original.
Some of you understand Substack better than I do. If you want to make suggestions, feel free--I'll appreciate any help I can get. This will be a work in progress for some time.
Thanks for your support here. I hope to see you at the new place.
Now I can get your new posts on NewsBlur (my feed reader).
From the settings page--it looks like a different procedure:Delete
Email address for RSS feeds
The email to display on your RSS feeds. By default, we will use your publication's Substack email
This is it:Delete
Congrats and thank you Mark.ReplyDelete
To add comments, paid subscription required message appears. However paid oltion does not appear on "my profile" page.
Wondering if this is setting rhat needs to be enabled on your end, so that readers can switch to paid subscription to comment.
I've got the answer and will post it in a new post.Delete
@Kirk and David Jones--I'll look into that. Shouldn't need to pay, should be an RSS feed.ReplyDelete
so Mark, will this old Blogger site remain open...frozen in time, if you will...so that we can access it on occasion to review/retrieve some brilliant comment we may have made in the past? After all, last time I checked, stealing from oneself is not plagiarism, but as my old buddy Montesquieu once said: "what do I know?"ReplyDelete
In any event, congrats on the move...I intend to "follow" you there (but will comment only if I can continue to use a "nom de plume", so to speak:o)
That's my intention. I want to be able to use the archive system here, which is more user friendly. Also, in case people find old posts here rather than there.Delete
I'm on substack as Hemsley Hawes, a nom de guerre (info war), will interact that way. I recommend everyone getting a substack account to archive your own comments going forward.ReplyDelete
Thanks for all your efforts Mark!
Nice work! Definitely will be following you there, Mark.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you're moving! Great!!ReplyDelete
Congrats all the way. Look forward to visiting your new online home.ReplyDelete
Awesome... I've asked substack about allowing manual comment imports... They seem to want to avoid that but otherwise I think it will be a good home for you. (Us)ReplyDelete
Thank you for the effort in making that happen and thanks to MC for working with you on it! This is my go-to for sane internet!!!
My uneducated guess is that the problem with importing comments is that the difference between the Substack and Blogger comment formats are just too great. Or enough trouble that they don't want to bother.Delete
Mark, your comments are vital sources of information. I urge you to either keep this going, to be able to access the old posts, or to somehow figure out how to get the comments archived.ReplyDelete
Happy to help out financially--contact me via email with an address.
Bookmarked. Thanks for the heads up!ReplyDelete