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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The end is near...

Well, here we are, nearly 350 posts into my blog, and I have to say, I think it's coming down to the end. This isn't something I was contemplating until about 15 minutes ago, so it's a bit of a surprise to me. I should start at the beginning, however, and explain what's going on.

About 6 months ago, I received an invitation to join the Nature Networks blogs, which really appeals to me, in that they have a fantastic community going over there. There are a lot of advantages to participating in such neat group of people who all share a common interest in science. So, pending a few changes at NN, I thought I'd move my blog over there at some point, or at the very least, associate my blog with my NN account.

And then, just this morning, I got an email from blogger/google letting me know that they are going to drop support for FTP published blogs. I have until the end of March to step in line and move my blog to their server, because supporting FTP-based blogs publishing is no longer cost-effective for them. Unfortunately, the only reason I had picked blogger in the first place was because they supported FTP publishing, which leaves me somewhat in the lurch.

Regardless of what I do next, this blog will have to go through some major changes in the next month. There are three changes I can see might solve the issue:
  1. change back-ends and migrate away from blogger (eg. try out wordpress)
  2. change servers, and set up a "custom domain" (eg, use blogger's servers)
  3. move my blog to a completely new venue (eg, start fresh with Nature Blogs.)
Each of the above options will take a lot of work. At the very least, I'll have to archive the current blogs and comments, and then likely be forced to turn off commenting unless I pick option #2. However, with that said, I'm thinking it's time to just bite the bullet and move on to a completely new blog, and Nature Blogs does seem like a good place. For the moment, it is the most appealing option to me.

On the bright side, if I do start a new blog, maybe I can come up with a slightly easier to say name. (Yes, Fejes is actually pronounced as "fey-esh".) Unfortunately, on short notice, the best new blog name I can come up with is "Blog-seq". If anyone has better ideas, I'm definitely open to them. (=

Well, here's to the closing of one chapter, and opening a few new doors... I don't know where this will take me, but as always the journey should be fun!



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