I Guess I Need a New Blog

I had a blog at blogs.sun.com. It still exists, but it appears that they no longer allow ex-employees to edit their blogs.

So I’m setting up this new one. I have a few items that I had posted in other places that I might retroblog here. Maybe I should migrate all the Sun blog entries… I don’t know.

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2 Responses to “I Guess I Need a New Blog”

  1. DGentry says:

    Hi Mike,
    A few things:
    1. If you want to know how many people are subscribed to the blog via RSS, you might want to set up feedburner (www.feedburner.com, which will redirect you to the Google login page). Feedburner takes your blog RSS feed as input and republishes it with analytics to see how many people are reading it. You’d need to do this soon: people need to subscribe to the republished feed from Google, so you don’t want to accumulate too many readers on the blog’s original feed.

    Feedburner has a service called MyBrand to let you use a CNAME, so your RSS feed could still be from your own domain (like feeds.omnicron.com).

    2. If you want to know how many people come to the web site directly, you could set up Analytics (http://www.google.com/analytics). In my case at least, practically nobody comes to the web site unless an article gets picked up by reddit. A couple hundred people subscribe via RSS.

    3. I mean this in the nicest possible way: are you sure you want to self-host WordPress? There is a significant time commitment in keeping on top of security issues. Wordpress.com or Rackspace.com will host WordPress for a fee, or Google Blogger is free (but is not WordPress).

  2. Ford says:

    1. I am so old-fashioned, I haven’t learned to think about things like RSS. I barely use it myself, much less think about who else might be using it to access my blog. And I like to keep things simple and self-contained – one piece of software sitting on one IP address doing all the work necessary to deliver one service, so the thought of spreading it across multiple corporate-run data centers with mysterious profit models and unclear obligations to me doesn’t give me a warm fuzzy feeling. Not that I doubt that it would work, I’m sure those services are more robust and featureful than the stock build of open-source software running on the little server in my closet. But I like the little server in my closet. It makes me happy.

    2. I like having access to raw data but I can’t say I would do a whole lot with it. I don’t even read (or compute) statistics about my web server logs. And I dislike things that throw cookies at innocent browsers for non-session-oriented pages, and my impression is that analytics is going to be one of those things.

    3. No, I’m not sure. :-) Nor am I sure if I’m serious about blogging at all, it’s all an experiment.

    I wholly approve the concept of cloud computing, but I run the things I run as much for the challenge and fun and education of doing them as for the direct functional results. And maybe I’m a bit of a control freak and a perfectionist, which may also partially explain why I run ancient and hopelessly obsolete mail server software that I wrote 12-15 years ago instead of something fully functional by modern standards.

    And don’t even think of suggesting a hosted email service. :-P hehe