Lookit, I done moved this here blog! I’m still working on the looks; it’s a little embarrassing to have construction dust around, but ah well. The more I published on my old site, the more of a hassle migrating was going to be, so I’m biting the bullet. So, here’s why!
#1. Google (through blogger/blogspot) is, anecdotally, prone to casually deleting all your stuff if they decide you’ve violated the terms of service.
(I mean yes it’s just a silly little blog, but I created that content for a reason.) And speaking of terms of service, get this:
#2. “When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”
(Just a silly little blog, but..! MY content!)
But the absolute, most important deal-breaker:
Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish, privacy-wise.
- Obviously, if you know me, then reading this makes it crystal clear who I am. I’m not trying to change that.
- But! If you know me IRL – say, from work – I would like it not to be trivial to Google me and find this page. (That’s why I’m not naming schools I’m interviewing at, for example; too easy to set up a Google alert for your own school.) This page is for different people.
Meanwhile, Google has a strong preference to link everything you do on the web to everything else. The whole “Permanently link Gmail to your YouTube account” thing made people really mad. For excellent reasons! People use different services in different ways, and Google’s determination to make “anything you can do on the web” into a monolithic, real-world-linked entity is appalling.
WordPress is, comparatively, a hassle. But it’s worth it for me to maintain some damn control over my content and identity.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled posts! Meanwhile, here’s how Gossamer felt about moving.