I’ve just finished migrating my blog from WordPress.com to Google Cloud Platform. Along this process, I needed to do some housekeeping, and check for broken links. Thus, the Broken Link Checker plugin.
I was particularly interested in intra-site links especially images that might have been broken through the years. But I was greeted as well by broken external links, hundreds of them:
Websites, blogs, and pages that are relevant at that time, but eventually faded into obscurity. Those are the websites that Deuts.NET survived. If you look at the sidebar, you’ll see the long list of archive links. That makes up 14 and a half years of Deuts.NET. Looking forward to 14 more years to come.
I have liked Tumblr from the moment I started using the service. The main selling points being able to customize the look of your blog to using using a custom domain names. Both for free (WordPress.com charge you for both). You can put your own ads, whatever pleases you.
I have constantly defended Tumblr versus its closest rival Posterous in the Tumblelogging arena.
But a lot of criticisms about the service have been raised. Up until now, except for Premium themes, Tumblr has no major revenue model, unlike other free but thriving online services. It’s not backed by a major online company, say like Google. So a question can always be raised about its sustainability. That’s on top of the fact that Mashable recently run a story about Tumblr getting a fresh investment.
Yesterday, Tumblr experienced a long downtime. I’m not particular with the actual length of time it was down, but it was real long by online services standard. It must have been at least 12 hours. This further puts a question on the ability of the company to actually keep up with this type of problems.
Another thing, I noticed lately that there has been a lot of spam blogs and spam Tumblr users liking or reblogging my posts. Same question: How would Tumblr Staff keep up with this to avoid or even eliminate spam registrations and blogs. Good thing Tumblr has no built-in commenting system. I can’t imagine further how would they respond.
So if you are a Tumblr user, you aren’t even worried about the future of your Tumblr blog?
A discussion over at The Blog Herald, some people adversely decide whether they should spend (waste?) time reading blogs that have url’s ending in “.blogspot.com” or “.wordpress.com”. To some, these url addresses bring negative connotations as to the contents of the blog, although this may not always be the case.
Feeddemon is a desktop applicaton that lets you subscribe to feeds of websites that offer them, just like news, blogs, etc. It let’s you keep abreast of the latest articles and posts from your favorite blogs, sometimes even without visiting them in the web browser.
Why Use a Desktop RSS Reader?
There’s a question lingering in the blogsite of Nick Bradbury, the creator of Feeddemon. Why use a desktop rss/feed reader when you have online feed readers like google reader, bloglines, netvibes, etc? For me the answer would be the speed at which I can browse through each and every feed as I go along reading them (or discarding them).
I have just deleted my account in coComment. coComment is suppose to let you follow conversations in blogs, so you’ll keep yourself into the loop for discussions that interest you. However, I just can’t seem to make it work!
Here’s a song entitled “I Started a Blog Nobody Read” by the band Sprites under their album Modern Gameplay. It can actually qualify to be the bloggers’ theme song, especially for those are yet starting out.