Earlier this week another of the most popular Salon bloggers, political satirist World O’ Crap, bailed out and moved to a new blog host. The Salon community is trying to hang together, using a Blogger blog, until we find out what the gang at Salon.com have in mind, now they’ve announced that no new Salon Radio Userland Blogs will be created until a new blog policy has been established. But defections have been rampant, with the number of active (daily posting) Salon Blogs down from a peak of over 200 to fewer than 50 today.
I don’t want to move, but a lot of readers have been complaining again about slow page loading times and iffy performance on the comments server. The big problem with moving now is giving up the enormous and hard-won Google rank I’ve achieved where I am now e.g. #1 for “save the world”, #1 for “natural enterprise”, #1 for “generosity economy”, #1 for “model intentional community”, #2 for “business innovation”, #2 for “boycott list”, #6 for “wisdom of crowds”, #6 for “personal knowledge management”, #7 for “gift economy”.
A related problem is creating some continuity for my tables of contents — the carefully maintained lists of nearly 1500 articles on 54 different subjects I’ve been maintaining since I began this blog just over three years ago. These tables of contents are heavily used — many of my articles are now ‘required reading’ for some university courses, and the tables of contents are how many new readers orient themselves to my work and archives. I try to make my writing durable, so articles will be as topical and valuable ten years later as they were when they were written, so just abandoning the old articles and starting fresh on a new blog is not an option for me.
Including backups and images, the blog now takes up over 300MB on the Salon server.
If I were to migrate existing content to a new server, I presume I would lose all the reader comments, which reside on a separate, Salon Radio Userland comments server.
And of course migration creates a problem for the thousands of readers who have blogrolled or linked to me (and my Technorati ranking), or who subscribe to my RSS feed (via aggregrators like Bloglines or e-mail RSS services like Rmail).
*Sigh* So much to think about. It’s as messy as moving from one house to another.
So I need the advice of those who know far more about blog technology and Google rankings than I do. I have some domains I could use to host the blog, one of which, howtosavetheworld.ca, currently automatically redirects to this blog (it’s a much easier URL to give people than the URL you see in your address window). So:
I keep hoping that Salon will come to the rescue, and keep the existing URLs if they switch to a new blog tool, or somehow otherwise make the migration automatic or easy. Or that Radio Userland will merge with one of the newer, growing blog tools and look after the redirections for me. But it’s time for me to be realistic, and at least be ready to move if it becomes necessary.
Your advice would be appreciated. Please be gentle — I’m not an expert in any technology, and I’m looking for a simple solution. I just want to write stuff that people find useful, and have people be able to find it easily.
Other Writers About CollapseAlbert Bates (US)
Andrew Nikiforuk (CA)
Carolyn Baker (US)*
Catherine Ingram (US)
Chris Hedges (US)
Dahr Jamail (US)
David Petraitis (US)
David Wallace-Wells (US)
Dean Spillane-Walker (US)*
Derrick Jensen (US)
Doing It Ourselves (AU)
Dougald & Paul (UK)*
Gail Tverberg (US)
Guy McPherson (US)
Jan Wyllie (UK)
Janaia & Robin (US)*
Jem Bendell (US)
Jonathan Franzen (US)
Kari McGregor (AU)
Keith Farnish (UK)
NTHE Love (UK)
Paul Chefurka (CA)
Paul Heft (US)*
Post Carbon Inst. (US)
Richard Heinberg (US)
Robert Jensen (US)
Roy Scranton (US)
Sam Mitchell (US)
Sam Rose (US)*
Tim Bennett (US)
Tim Garrett (US)
Umair Haque (US)
William Rees (CA)
Archive by Category
My Bio, Contact Info, Signature PostsAbout the Author (2016)
--- My Best 100 Posts --
Preparing for Civilization's End:
What Would Net-Zero Emissions Look Like?
Why Economic Collapse Will Precede Climate Collapse
Being Adaptable: A Reminder List
A Culture of Fear
What Will It Take?
A Future Without Us
Dean Walker Interview (video)
The Mushroom at the End of the World
What Would It Take To Live Sustainably?
The New Political Map (Poster)
Complexity and Collapse
Save the World Reading List
What a Desolated Earth Looks Like
Giving Up on Environmentalism
The Dark & Gathering Sameness of the World
The End of Philosophy
The Boiling Frog
What to Believe Now?
Conversation & Silence
The Language of Our Eyes
Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care
Several Short Sentences About Learning
Why I Don't Want to Hear Your Story
A Harvest of Myths
The Qualities of a Great Story
The Trouble With Stories
A Model of Identity & Community
Not Ready to Do What's Needed
A Culture of Dependence
So What's Next
Ten Things to Do When You're Feeling Hopeless
No Use to the World Broken
Living in Another World
Does Language Restrict What We Can Think?
The Value of Conversation Manifesto Nobody Knows Anything
If I Only Had 37 Days
The Only Life We Know
A Long Way Down
No Noble Savages
Figments of Reality
Too Far Ahead
The Rogue Animal
How the World Really Works:
If You Wanted to Sabotage the Elections
Collective Intelligence & Complexity
Ten Things I Wish I'd Learned Earlier
The Problem With Systems
Against Hope (Video)
The Admission of Necessary Ignorance
Several Short Sentences About Jellyfish
A Synopsis of 'Finding the Sweet Spot'
Learning from Indigenous Cultures
The Gift Economy
The Job of the Media
The Wal-Mart Dilemma
The Illusion of the Separate Self:
Did Early Humans Have Selves?
Nothing On Offer Here
Even Simpler and More Hopeless Than That
What Happens in Vagus
We Have No Choice
Never Comfortable in the Skin of Self
Letting Go of the Story of Me
All There Is, Is This
A Theory of No Mind
The Ever-Stranger (Poem)
The Fortune Teller (Short Story)
Non-Duality Dude (Play)
Your Self: An Owner's Manual (Satire)
All the Things I Thought I Knew (Short Story)
On the Shoulders of Giants (Short Story)
Calling the Cage Freedom (Short Story)
Only This (Poem)
The Other Extinction (Short Story)
Disruption (Short Story)
A Thought-Less Experiment (Poem)
Speaking Grosbeak (Short Story)
The Only Way There (Short Story)
The Wild Man (Short Story)
Flywheel (Short Story)
The Opposite of Presence (Satire)
How to Make Love Last (Poem)
The Horses' Bodies (Poem)
Distracted (Short Story)
Worse, Still (Poem)
A Conversation (Short Story)
Farewell to Albion (Poem)
My Other Sites
This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons License.