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Last night I posted saying I was thinking about moving the blog to WordPress. I don't want to "lose" any of you guys - I enjoy your comments and just knowing my longtime friends are reading. You can read more about why I'm thinking about doing that here.

Linda + Engarian raised legitimate concerns, things I'd be worried about if a friend of mine made a comment like this. But I'm hoping a lot of the concern is just not knowing how it would affect you. It's always scary talking about a change because usually you can't show people what the change would look like. I'd like to at least try to do that. I hope everyone, particularly Linda + Engarian, will let me know how this would work with them.

Reading my blog posts

You can get a notice on LJ just like you would if I was blogging here, by adding the martasblogfeed</a>.


To comment you'd have to go over to WordPress. To do this, simply click the "Add Comment" line at the end of any post. Then click in the "Leave a reply" box at the bottom of the page.

If you have an account on WordPress, FaceBook or Twitter, you can use that account. Just click the appropriate icon and log in.

If you don't have any of those accounts (not everyone does!) you can still comment without needing a special account. If you click in that "Leave a reply" box, you will see a place to enter the name you want displayed + email address. The email address isn't available to to other site visitors; it may be shown to me, but I'm not 100% sure. I think WP just uses it to fight spammers (they can block a certain email address if it starts spamming under different names), and it's used if you ask to receive follow-up emails.

Knowing When I (or Someone Else) Replies

When you click in that "Leave a Reply" box, there's a tick-box you can select labeled "Notify me of follow-up comments via email." If you do that, WP will send you an email to the account you're using asking you to confirm the request. Basically you click a button so WP knows it was you making the request. Then whenever anyone (myself included) comments on that entry, you get an email with that comment.

If you're more technically driven, WordPress also provides an RSS feed for the comments on any article. Just look in the top-right corner and click on the "Comments" link. You can use Google Reader or any other RSS reader to follow comments for a certain thread. Feedmyinbox.com will take any feed and send you an email whenever something is added to it. If you have an LJ paid account you can even use that www.livejournal.com/syn/ website to see comment notifications on on your LJ friends page.

Bottom line:

1. To read my posts: add martasblogfeed to your friends list.
2. To comment:

--- Click the "Add a Comment" link.
--- Type your comment in the "Leave a Reply" box.
--- Log in, or type in your name/email.

3. To receive emails when somone else comments:

--- Tick the "Notify me" box when posting your comment.
--- Click the "confirm" button in the email sent to you.

Would this work for people? I'm particularly interested in hearing from Engarian + Linda Hoyland, but anyone with concerns, I do want to know!

Why don't you guys kick the tires a bit? I made a test post to the new blog here - basically just a repost of one of my SED posts from a few days ago. Try making a comment on it, try signing up to receive email notification of future comments, whatever you like. And let me know what you think.



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 19th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
I know that Juno has been crossposting from her wordpress blog to LJ for quite some time (I have a couple of wordpress installs (not at the wordpress sites but at our own sites).. but I was thinking that could solve some issues people who want to stay at LJ and do not want to venture outside it. Perhaps that is worth investigating?
Oct. 19th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
I think Juno actually has her own webspace, or has space on someone else's site (Aranel?). If someone has a set-up that wants to give me space to do this, I'd definitely be interested. But AFAICT you need to be using the WordPress software on your own server (rather than just having a WordPress.com account) in order to have the plug-ins she relies on.

So, yeah, I'll definitely look into it. I'd still like to know whether the set-up I sketched out above would work for people, in case I can't get something like this set up.
Oct. 19th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Then I would ask Aranel for her opinion :) The biggest plus for hosting it on your own space is that you never have to rely on the performance of the wordpress site..
Oct. 20th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
I honestly don't know if it would work for me--I'm so used to LJ, and it takes a lot of my time anyway. Yet I really enjoy your posts.
Oct. 20th, 2012 08:17 am (UTC)
I managed to get a Word press account to try out, but can't say I like it very much. Blogging is very much a back and forth thing and if everyone uses different blogs, we don't see each other's posts to comment on.

I feel much like Dreamflower.
I'm perfectly willing to have accounts on other sites, but I do my reading and commenting on LJ.
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