Goodbye, Maybe? Seeking New Venues

Random depiction of cream tea to boost social media engagement. Isn’t modern tech wonderful?

I do have a great deal of work to do on my book, but I should not dance around another problem here: the horrible WordPress interface. I do write posts, albeit more slowly than what I did before, but often I end up with a great deal of my draft being deleted, or I struggle with the quotation feature, or I spend a great deal of time trying to get WordPress to accept that I want all – not just some – of the text I’ve selected to be a link, or italicized, or whatever. Frankly, this isn’t fun.

(And before you say anything, I spent a considerable amount of time last month with an education CMS that was clunky and difficult, yet I didn’t have any of the above problems with it.)

At any rate, I’m starting to think about stopping posting or moving to another platform. I’d probably leave all this up, as I tend to run Google searches and find something useful that I’ve forgotten on here. But the question is – where?

  • I don’t want to turn this into a paying gig, whether on Patreon or anywhere else.
  • In an age of sound bites and multimedia, I do want to have the format as longer written works.
  • I don’t want to publish for anyone who expects this to be on a schedule, because we all know how that turns out.
  • Facebook and Twitter are horrible places to make any sort of meaningful argument. These days, I mainly just promote there.

I am genuinely open for suggestions. What do you think?

Published in: on February 23, 2022 at 10:50 pm  Comments (9)  

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  1. Maybe something like discord, where you could have a channel for your posts, and perhaps other channels for discussions on the topics you normally discuss, where your readers can co-mingle and perhaps bring up related works or thoughts that could influence, inspire or even correct some misinformation that might be on the loose. Probably a lot more work than you’d want to deal with, but perhaps a loyal fan who is a little tech savvy would help curate and moderate?

  2. Sadly, I can’t offer any useful suggestions, since I’ve never used any other blogging platform.
    I’ll be sorry to see you go, Dan.

  3. I can SO relate.
    WordPress has become worse and worse over the years. I have no idea what they are thinking or hope to achive by it but I am very discouraged to write here. A few years ago I wrote daily. I hope you find a better place. Maybe your own homepage with a plug-in for blog posts? That’s what I am thinking about for myself.

  4. I’m not sure if there are better blogging interfaces than just plain old WordPress right now. It might be a lot of extra work to make the change. You might want to consider using Medium, though. Lots of people seem to be moving their writing over there.

  5. Substack! I for one would pay to subscribe, and your content would be a good fit for the format.

    • I too would subscribe on Substack

  6. I have used blogger for the grubbstreet.blogspot.blog, and it has been suitable for my needs.

  7. It would be ashame to lose such insightful content regarding a dark corner of history & literature…

    Have you considered self-hosting, especially via a static site? I’ve messed with trying to setup WordPress in several different self-hosted configurations, but the backend — plugins, themes, etc. — always seems to be far more trouble than it’s worth. I have, however, set up private sites for family & friends and found various “static site generators” — Hugo, Jekyll, etc. — to be infinitely easier to handle. Simple, local files, created & managed using whatever tools you choose, with whatever look you wish. Posting is “add file in structure, run site generator, put output onto public-facing server.”

    A custom site URL or dyanmic DNS redirect for the front-end “entrance”.

  8. I don’t have any useful suggestions, I just hope you find a venue where you feel it worth the trouble to keep on posting.
    The internet would be a much poorer place without your blog.


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