In the real world, I’ve been getting some mixed reactions on my recent move to my own web domain and shifting blogging platforms from BlogDrive to WordPress. The first impression of almost every reader is the color scheme: in Original TMX, some readers threw online fits when I changed background colors from black to white. The Christmas theme was particularly a cause for discontent among more loyal readers, so I scrapped it.
In general, for its first few days, Marocharim.com got some mixed reactions.
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There are mixed reactions to this particular theme I chose when I shifted to WordPress: as expected, some don’t like it. Black, as it seems, is synonymous with the general “attitude” of The Marocharim Experiment. I have a fairly good excuse for that: I still have to learn the works of WordPress, and as soon as I can do that, I would very probably go back in black.
Yet I’m quite surprised at the positive feedback I have received when it comes to color and page themes: apparently, this theme is cleaner and easier to read compared to the original. I’ve gotten a small number of messages from a few readers who said that the original BlogDrive blog was quite hard to read owing to its high-contrast color scheme (the bulk of them saying that they get eyestrain). Another positive feedback is that on slower connections, “New TMX” loads way faster.
Another thing some people observed is that here, I eliminated the bracketed tag line (those introductory notes at the beginning of entries that usually take the form of < hmmm… >). That tag line served the purpose of what I’m writing about: WordPress comes with categories, which means that I don’t really have to “qualify” the “topic” of the article any more than an obligatory onomatopoeia.
Another convenient feature of WordPress is that it runs just as well on Mozilla Firefox as Internet Explorer. Back when I was using BlogDrive, entries typed in IE looked better than ones typed in Firefox, so I duked it out with IE as much as I didn’t really like it.
I’m not saying that BlogDrive is a sucky platform for free blogging: I didn’t remain a loyal free subscriber of BlogDrive if it didn’t get the job done. In fact, if you’re a relatively new blogger, I highly recommend BlogDrive: it’s very easy to customize, it comes with great themes, and it has a very good WYSIWYG editor.
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On the matter of my own domain, I also have gotten mixed reactions. While some are genuinely happy for me, some are genuinely unhappy: apparently, having my own web domain represents my re-initiation into bourgeois culture and marks the beginning of that day when I would very probably sell out to advertisers. I understand the sentiment: after all, I did just fine blogging for free without having to bombard my audience with advertisements back in the old days. But as much as I hate to admit it, times have changed. Having my own domain means much more flexibility, but it also means having to pay for it. Practicality – the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse – rears its ugly head and has convinced me that this domain has to pay for itself.
In the very near future, I would do the “unthinkable” and do AdSense, and eventually, I would probably write for companies who want to advertise their products online (until such time that I can establish a wider audience). But I’ll try to keep that at a minimum: as long as I have enough to pay for the yearly renewal fees of this domain and the Coke I drink every time I write, and perhaps a few bills to line my wallet. I’m not planning to be a millionaire.
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Anyway, perhaps the most important thing I need now is a wider audience, and perhaps writing projects. Spread the word.