category: Blogs

My take on MT3

Movable Type 3.0 is available.

I’ve gotta say that while the new features are intriguing, I’m not very psyched about their new licensing options, even with Mena’s reasonable explanation. As a long-time supporter of Movable Type, what I’ve appreciated most is how Ben and Mena were very close with their users. I remember sending Ben an e-mail about Movable Type a few years back, asking him whether he thought it would be a good answer for the UA Journal. I got a personal response. A few months ago, I wrote to Six Apart to ask a simple question about corporate licensing and never got a response. Things have changed.

And to a point, I understand. Six Apart exists to make money, to spread blogging into the corporate environment, and to support personal publishing, probably in that order. But I can’t help but feel that they’ve really gotten it wrong with their new licensing scheme. Perhaps it’s because as it is now, I’m using a registered version of MT (that means I voluntarily donated back in the day) to maintain a total of 11 different blogs. I can do so freely, set up more copies, and publish to as many other blogs as I wish. Under the new pricing structure, there’s not even a pricing structure that would support me. The closest (which supports ten blogs) is $150. $150. That’s a lot of money.

There’s been a lot of negative feedback thusfar about the pricing scheme and people discussing jumping ship to other blogging tools. WordPress or Text Pattern, perhaps? It should be noted that a free, unsupported of Movable Type will continue to exist, with a one author, three blog limitation (is that per-installation, I wonder?).

I’m really not sure about what the future of Movable Type and Six Apart is. I’m pretty crappy when it comes to business-related issues (if you saw the tax return for my LLC, you’d agree). All I know is that this marks the official shift away from the cozy little company of two that birthed Movable Type and toward more standard business-centric (versus user-centric) practices. I wish them the best of luck, especially Ben and Mena because they’re both such nice people, but I definitely don’t see myself upgrading to MT 3.0.

Stopping Comment Spam

In case you haven’t heard, Jay Allen has released the MT-Blacklist plug-in to help fight against the recent surge in comment spam (I’ve been deleting up to six a day and it’s really starting to piss me off). Considering how quickly he pulled it together, it’s well-designed and full-featured. Needless to say it’s implemented on this blog (and my other blogs as well).

So, if you’ve gotten used to the Lolita comments and have looked forward to them, I’m sorry… they are no more.

We’re all insane

Stigmergy and the World-Wide Web

“The weblog has got to be the single most inefficient mechanism for communication that has even been invented. Webloggers should be committed en masse. There’s only one problem: It works.”

Joe Gregorio over at Bitworking (aka “The Guy We Should Thank for Aggie) discusses weblogs, neighborhoods, Google, and the often bizarre way we communicate using the Internet.

YAMBA (but a good one!)

Crashing the Blog Party

A thorough and well-written newspaper piece on blogging’s increasing acceptance into the mainstream. It’s surprisingly well written and researched. Unfortunately, they still manage to refer to “Web logs” (it’s one word, hence “blogs”) and do goofy things like hyphenize “blog-o-sphere” (do you ever read about the “atm-o-sphere”?).

Interesting fact: “Blog also is under consideration as a new entry in no less an authority than the Oxford English Dictionary.”

(via OS)


Man oh man, do I love Aggie. Thank goodness andersja mentioned it and then linked up to Blogpopuli. After using it for several days, it’s already saved me loads of time. Any blog that I read that has an RSS feed is now checked by Aggie, as are a number of news sources, internal blogs, and even ADDreviews! It’s really nice being able to check 25-30 sites that I read on a regular basis in under 15 seconds. Aggie’s interface is simple (unlike every other news aggregator I’ve tried) and I have high hopes for its future. I’m already itching for RC5.

Newsweek article: ho-hum

Living in the Blog-osphere (Newsweek)

Though I was interviewed for this article—by e-mail and by phone—I don’t appear. Paul pointed out that they did mention my Golden Girls blog, though (it’s part of the “dark matter”!). Oh well… at least Barbara was quoted!

Anyway… thoughts on the article itself: it’s alright. With a number of researchers working on the story, I thought it might go beyond the typical “Introduction to Blogging” article the mainstream press has been echoing over and over the past six months. But, it doesn’t. And I guess that’s OK, as long as Newsweek follows up later with a more in-depth look at blogging and its possibilities.

I’ve posted the e-mail portion of the interview, so feel free to click through and read my semi-coherent take on blogging.

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New Use of Trackback

Movable Type‘s Trackback feature was implemented with a “let’s throw this out there and see how it’s used” attitude. Of course, with Movable Type’s loyal user base, I’m sure Ben and Mena were quite sure that they’d be seeing unique and innovative uses of Trackback within weeks.

Blogroots has one: Blogpopuli, a blog about blogs by bloggers. How’s that? It’s a community blog based on Trackback functionality that allows bloggers from all over to contribute to that section of the web site. It’s one of the early examples of how Trackback may evolve in the coming months.

Stuff like this is what makes keeps me excited about the web.