Now that I’ve made the official migration over from GoDaddy’s nasty QuickBlog system and into the much more customizable WordPress environment, I feel like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can now display full text on the front page, instead of forcing readers to go through an ugly “read more” link. I can start to customize the sidebar however I like. I can have fun with page templates and style sheets, fiddling with them however I like. All in all, I think I’ve had an excellent experience with WordPress thus far.
After doing the move, I’ve installed quite a few improvements to the blog, and I thought I’d take some time to highlight a few today.
I was stuck with a partial RSS feed before and I couldn’t publicly display how many subscribers I had. Now I can. At the time that I’m writing this, it tells me that 14 people are subscribed to my feed. Good progress from the 6 or 7 I had just last week.
MyBlogLog may seem like just another social networking service not unlike MySpace, Friendster, Facebook, and Hi5, but it’s so much more, especially for bloggers! You can build communities, bookmark each other’s weblogs, and even display your recent readers, as this useful widget does.
While John Chow’s pinging scheme has a lot to do with the recent increase in my Technorati rankings (and my subsequent approval at ReviewMe), I think having the ability to remind people to add this blog to their Technorati favorites goes a long way. At least, I think it does.
So, what do you all think of the new layout? I especially like the Top Commentators plug-in…. maybe I should run a contest, awarding a prize to the top commentator this month? Anyone interested in a USB TV tuner?