LISNews receives some odd email. We regularly get reference questions, requests for the new Harry Potter book, homework help requests, and assorted other oddities. Last night I got one chastising me for not having permalinks and a blogroll. This person actually went so far as to make fun of the site, and said it's time to update, time to "join the blogoshpere." My actually reply, and what I wanted to write were 2 different things. I wanted to write, if you're too stupid to figure out how to link to a post then perhaps you shouldn't have your own web site, and I really have better things to do than make a blogroll. If you think I need to be IN anything you're probably the kind of person that spends too much time in front of the mirrorâ€¦ My actual reply was much more cordial.
But this did make me realize, we've been mostly absent from the newer social sites, probably due to me not signing up, or signing in, or whatever. As someone who blogs, and blogs a lot, at relatively busy site, I'm remarkably out of touch with all the latest blogging trends. I'll admit to knowing almost nothing, and not caring at all, about the following:
Kinja, blog rolls, trackbacks, RSS Readers & aggregators, Dave Winer, linklogs, moblogs, permalinks, Technorati, typepad, warbloggers, and most all of the "A List"
I get the concept behind all of those things, I understand what they do, but for the most part I can't figure out why I would spend time on them. I think the best way to run LISNews is to post stories, and work on improving the code. (LISHost also takes up a large part of computer time for me) Maybe we're missing out on some visitors by not being part of all that other crap, but I can't seem to muster the interest to care. I figure those who are interested in the site will find it, and stick around. My attitude has always been that if what we're doing is interesting, then others will find us without any kind of marketing.
Posting stories is now just part of my everyday routine. I don't think we'd be better off if I add a "permalink" button, or a blogroll, or any of that other stuff to the site. There's nothing wrong with those things, but really, this in not an MT site, it's not a one person operation, and people don't come here to read about my personal life, well, maybe they come here, my journal, but not to the LISNews homepage. For me having the ability to blog, is just a small part of the fun, this is why I don't use Blogger, typepad, or anything else I can't hack. I like the challenge of maintaining the server that LISNews runs on, I like the challenge of learning how the slashcode runs, and I like to write. These are all equally important to me, and they're why I do what I do. Blogging is a technological, programming, social, academic and fun endeavor for me. It's not a popularity contest. All that other stuff is just filler that, for me, would take away from what I really like about the site.
In other email news, that won't result in a huge tangent, I got asked why 90% of librarians are so often "brain dead liberals" because someone apparently can't tell the difference between someone who left a comment and an "editor at LISNews." So if you're reading this, and you're a brain dead liberal, please stop. I'm not sure if you need to stop being brain-dead, or just stop being a liberal.
I'm also starting to realize that spamassasian is quickly becoming useless, and the only way to stop spam will be to go to a white-list only email system.
In server news, all domains have been moved to the new server, EXCEPT LISNews, which means LISNews is alone on a $180/month server until I can figure out how to get it to run on the new server, which is proving to be a huge pain in the ass as expected. This could really be troublesome for me because I can't afford an additional $180/month, nor do I really want to maintain 2 separate servers. Not sure what's going to happen, but I hope I can work it out before May 12, which is when my next payment is due.