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Sooner or later, it had to come.
I’ve been on Blogger since my first post on June 19th of 2004.
But Blogger, as you likely realize, is owned and run by Google. You know, the same monster that recently decided to eliminate the newest Romney promo video on YouTube — that’s right, also owned by Google.
I figure it’s just a matter of time before Google decides to eliminate me because, after all, I’ve had an eight-year blogging romp for free. And I’m one blogpost short of tapping a major Conservative vein that Google doesn’t like.
On one front I have to hand it to Blogger: this adventure — and boy was it an adventure — didn’t cost me a damned thing except blood, sweat, tears and massive amounts of time. For a free venue I’d say I’ve gotten my money’s worth but, of course, there is no such thing as the proverbial Free Lunch. Sooner or later a price has to be paid. And the upcoming price those linked to Blogger will have to soon face: censorship.
And I refuse to go there. I will pay for my own “sovereignty,” so to speak. Because you really do, in the end, get what you pay for.
Now: I am involved in a consortium with TexasFred, American & Proud, and Texas Shady. We all kick in buckage for our server time, domain names and techno upkeep. And we OWN our domain names now.
Frankly, it just allows me to sleep a bit better at night knowing that no one can take this blog down for some arbitrary or capricious reason. I would ask, though, for a time, that you hold a bit of tolerance in your heart for me whilst I learn and transition from Blogger to WordPress. I may make some — ahem — clumsy mistakes that otherwise wouldn’t have occurred. For me it’s a learning curve; steep but possible. I must apologize in advance for future ham-handed efforts to come until I get this WordPress “thing” down.
That said and written, I would ask three questions:
1. What do you think of the new site?
2. Why do you visit BZ and what do you expect to find?
3. How can I make it better?
In closing, I say: Goodbye to Blogger, and to the old Bloviating Zeppelin site. Some have suggested I simply take it down and move on. But like one of my children, I can’t do that. It will be up as long as Blogger allows. I cut my political and techno teeth on that blog.
BZ is dead. Long live BZ!
Except: one door is closing and another door is simply opening a bit further.
Unlimited techno thanks to Bushwack at American & Proud for his unswerving reliability, insight and hard work on this creation and transition! Absolutely couldn’t have done it without him.