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Big changes for “…Or Something”

August 28, 2007

I have done it … I made the big switch from Blogger (blogspot) to WordPress.

I took this opportunity to also rename my blog. I pondered a long time if a “rebranding” was a good idea or not. I’ve focused much of my blogging on Earth science, and sedimentary geology in particular, over the course of the life of …Or Something. That name doesn’t really represent what this blog is really about (plus, then I get to choose a geeky name).

So, the new name is …. drum roll Clastic Detritus

The new feed is: https://clasticdetritus.com/feed

Hopefully this won’t cause too many problems. I know some of you receive my posts via feed aggregators (e.g., GoogleReader) so you will have to update that (sorry). I guess you’ll have to update your blogroll lists as well (sorry sorry).

Why the switch to WordPress?

  • WordPress.com allows you to use your own domain but still host it through them. Although I had to purchase the domain ($15/yr), I feel that having my own is better in the long run.
  • I’ve never been fond of how commenting is done in Blogger. It is often clunky and inefficient.
  • I like the idea of having static pages associated with the blog (the tabs on the bottom of the header image).
  • I like the look and feel of WordPress much better. When it comes to aesthetics everyone has their own preferences.
  • The navigation for managing the posts, pages, and comments is also better (in my view).

I also felt the timing of changing the name would be better combined with the blogging software switch. The migration was relatively painless. All the posts and comments made it over, although I haven’t gone through everything yet. I will write a post about that soon.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2007 3:38 am

    Congratulations on the move and the new domain! I’m glad to see everything appears to have migrated smoothly. I’ll get my blogroll updated forthwith.

  2. BrianR permalink*
    August 29, 2007 6:39 am

    thanks Ron…only a few little glitches here and there w/ the migration…all-in-all, pretty smooth

  3. August 29, 2007 5:46 pm

    Great look and name Brian, congratulations. The link in my blog is now updated too.

  4. August 30, 2007 11:47 am

    Thanks Miguel…hopefully you’ll contribute to The Accretionary Wedge…it’d be nice to combine the english- and spanish-speaking (and portuguese?) geoblogosphere. You might be the key link!

  5. September 2, 2007 1:41 pm

    I love the layout of the new blog. I didn’t know anything about wordpress when I started my blogspot blog, but my impression is that wordpress is a lot more functional. I don’t have time to switch myself right now, but if I decide to, can I come to you with questions about how things work?

  6. September 2, 2007 11:59 pm

    Kim…yes, definitely. Blogspot can do everything WordPress can do (from my limited knowledge so far)…I just simply like the look of it. And I wanted my own domain…which you can’t do w/ blogpsot.

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