PLANET BLOGBAT...Orbiting a New Star
I’m moving out and I’m taking the kids with me. I have found someone else.
P.S. I still own the house.
Requiem aeternam, dona eis Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eis Okay, here it is kids. The Blogbat blog has moved to more robust digs (www.blogbat.us). Though you may find a few of the finer aesthetics yet uncompleted, it is already much better than the Xanga offerings in more than a few important ways. Chief among which are storage, archiving, better stats, Trackback and a non-exclusive comments feature (Xanga requires you also be a Xanga member in order to post comments in a blog hosted by Xanga).
Xanga also claims to own the rights to any content posted in draft form (i.e. “unpublished”), which very few of its users know, but which could be very bad indeed since many bloggers post their latest as drafts first. Xanga additionally claims the right to any content of a blog hosted by them if either the user of Xanga terminate the user's membership. Fortunately Xanga and I never got into a legal tussle over either of those ridiculous, presumptuous and certainly untested claims.
With regard to the sidebars I mentioned to you a little while ago as having some difficulty corralling in Movable Type: after a time of little progress and a few recommendations I had decided to use Sekimori Design to do the dirty work. SD is an excellent web design group that has been under the employ of many a blog of note including Michelle Malkin, Instapundit, Power Line, IMAO, and Vodkapundit, among others. I also looked into SK Designs which is owned by Shirley Kaiser, a woman who truly does a beautiful job with her clients’ websites and blogs, not to mention her own.
Know Thy Blog But after I made the decision to go the paying route I realized it was nothing more than a cop-out for any industrious and inquisitive soul worth his day-job pay. As well I realized that I would never be satisfied posting at a blog made with someone else’s hands. So I changed my mind, rejoined the good fight and today have quite a bit of good news regarding the success of the process to give you. Included in this process I learned how to create not just one sidebar, but much more. The left and right-hand sidebars soon to come are still being tested but will be added to Blogbat once their style and exact content are decided upon.
As for Xanga, I haven’t ruled out using it for something, as it is mine for life – but any such thing has yet to be considered beyond continuing as a sort of emergency depot, whereat I will post if for some reason the host of my new blog, Hosting Matters is down, such as was the case last week when it was repeatedly hit with denial of service attacks.
At present however I am simply taking my favorite posts and reposting them, backdated, to the new spot.
Once the sidebars are up, the new blog will formally be considered complete, although work to finesse its appearance will without any doubt continue. As for content, all new posts will henceforth exclusively be made at blogbat.us.
P.S. This and all original content on this blog published at Xanga or not is © 2003-2005 Blogbat and is under no circumstances subject to invalidation. For more information about using any material covered therein, go here. ;)