Monday, April 05, 2010

Blog Options

This blog is turning 5 years old next month! When I started this in May 2005, it was meant more as a joke than a real project. It's come a long way.

One secret of this blog is that it's actually hosted on a server in East Germany and is published via Blogger's FTP feature. Unfortunately, the ability to publish blogs via FTP is getting turned off in May 2010.

What should I do?

  1. Migrate to, host on Blogger, and set up some redirects.

  2. Migrate to Google App Engine and use this open source blog app I once wrote and used for reMail.

  3. Start a new Posterous blog and pay a virtual assistant to copy over all the old content to it.

  4. Start a new Tumblr blog and pay a virtual assistant to copy over all the old content to it.

The final two options have the advantage that I'd likely post more often. On the other hand, I wouldn't be using a Google product and Siobhan (Blogger PM) might get mad at me. Also, I'm wondering if I could lose all my PageRank.

Thoughts on this? Let me know what you've decided if you're in a similar situation.


Louis Gray said...

#1 is the easiest and arguably best answer.

I had the same choice and moved from to last fall. All my images on the FTP site are still there and do quite well, but Google has been hosting my blog for about 5 months, and I have no complaints.

The new migration assistant should be a great help also. I've heard good things.

Wu said...

I can't CNAME to folder. This blog is awesome. Using Blogger in folder : not How to do that ?