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I am really enjoying using WordPress. In general I like it better than Blogger, something about the style and design and ease of use, though Blogger is no slouch. So I think I’ll be sticking to WordPress now as I don’t want to keep switching and making life confusing.

A couple of things about WordPress really bug me though. Yesterday I was flabbergasted to see that I have to PAY to host MP3 files! This is very frustrating as music tech is one of the things I do. It may be a mercy to the rest of the world and to anyone who happens on this blog but I’m very disappointed. Once I stay under a certain space limit on my free account, what difference should it make what file types I put on the blog? I can put my music on garageband.com, in fact I do, but I’d much rather have it all in one place for my millions of fans.

Another gripe is that I can’t use one of my favourite features from Blogger – the ability to host my Google Reader shared items. This means I am missing links to fellow bloggers that I would like to promote, as well as updates from my news feeds. To get a similar effect I’d have to do it all again manually (something like what Matt Staggs does with his excellent Bookosphere) or add a whole load of RSS feeds which could be messy and is less discriminating. But the reader widget on Blogger was so quick and easy!

My stop-gap solution has been to place a link I call Nautiloid News on my Blog Roll list, which works quite well.

Finally, I found that I can’t load any Java scripts, which means I couldn’t put my LibraryThing book display on my blog…

If anyone reads this and thinks I’m being an idiot and/or there are easy solutions to any of these problems I’d be really grateful.

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More words of wisdom from Jeff Vandermeer. Great advice for bloggers and writers.

Unfortunately, from his description, I think this blog could come under the category of ‘diary of stray thoughts.’ But then, that has been my intention – a place to store web gleanings and notes, an aide memoire.

It may yet evolve into something less nebulous…

More words of wisdom from Jeff Vandermeer. Great advice for bloggers and writers.

Unfortunately, from his description, I think this blog could come under the category of ‘diary of stray thoughts.’ But then, that has been my intention – a place to store web gleanings and notes, an aide memoire.

It may yet evolve into something less nebulous…

More sound advice on blogging, this time from Web Monkey.

More sound advice on blogging, this time from Web Monkey.

I’ve been reading up on how to improve the blog, generate ‘traffic’ etc. This is a good site with lots of clear and practical advice. In particular, I read up on how to use AdSense and there is an excellent set of instructions, in eight parts, starting here. Even though it was posted back in 2004 it still seems eminently relevant. Inspiring stuff, as I really want to keep this blog going and make it more useful for other people.

In fact, I’ve just set up an account with Feedburner and it reveals the supremely motivating information that I have 0 subscribers and – readers…

Well at least I read this blog, so that’s one already! Their stats are way off.

I’ve been reading up on how to improve the blog, generate ‘traffic’ etc. This is a good site with lots of clear and practical advice. In particular, I read up on how to use AdSense and there is an excellent set of instructions, in eight parts, starting here. Even though it was posted back in 2004 it still seems eminently relevant. Inspiring stuff, as I really want to keep this blog going and make it more useful for other people.

In fact, I’ve just set up an account with Feedburner and it reveals the supremely motivating information that I have 0 subscribers and – readers…

Well at least I read this blog, so that’s one already! Their stats are way off.

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