I believe in blogging.
Though it’s hard to argue with this:
Most books should be magazine articles. Most articles should be blog posts. Most posts should be tweets. Most people shouldn't tweet.— Jimmy Guterman (@jimmyguterman) April 4, 2013
…I agree even more with this by Brent Simmons:
My blog’s older than Twitter and Facebook, and it will outlive them. It has seen Flickr explode and then fade. It’s seen Google Wave and Google Reader come and go, and it’ll still be here as Google Plus fades. When Medium and Tumblr are gone, my blog will be here.
I believe in having my own spot on the internet that I own and control. Twitter is great, but it seems its owners are determined to wreck it. Facebook, obviously, is evil. Tumblr and even Google+ are fine. But these are all companies that want you to pour your “content” into their systems, so that they can re-sell it. That bugs me. When I write online, I want to be the customer, not the product. So I pay a very modest amount of money to Squarespace to host this blog. When I first switched to Squarespace from blogger in 2009, the idea of paying someone to host my blog seemed crazy. Now, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
As great as Squarespace is, the process of migrating the sprawl of this site to their new version 6 platform was never going to be easy. Part of the reason the Prolost Store is at stumaschwitz.com is that it was easier to start a new Squarespace 6 site (in order to take advantage of their excellent e-commerce platform) than to move Prolost there.
But running stumaschwitz.com as well as slugline.co and now prolostvintage.com all in Squarespace 6 gave me too much of a daily reminder how much better the experience is—both for me, the blogger, and for you, the reader. So I bit the bullet and made the move.
This change provided me the opportunity to modernize the look of the site. I’ve tried to make it more readable, while still providing clear navigation. One new thing I like is the featured posts page, where I can easily manage a collection of posts worth checking out if you missed them, or want a second look.
Comments are now simpler, requiring no login. But my comment policy has not changed.
As with the previous migration, I’m sure some things will break. Please let me know if you see a broken link, a missing image, or just something you think could be better.
I despise this word, but value it as a canary for detecting evil. If someone refers to what you make as content, it’s a sure sign that they value the bucket more than what goes into it. Imagine a restaurant that served “plate content.” Ugh. ↩