We’re Moving

OMW is in the process of moving to a new home.

We’re setting up on the WordPress blogging system, after nearly 5 years on Google’s Blogger platform. The address is as simple as our Blogspot address:

ohiomediawatch.wordpress.com

(Please note that unlike on Blogger, the full name of the blog is in the URL.)

We have imported all of our existing posts. We will continue to publish on Blogger for another week or so, maybe sooner, then the old blog will remain “as is” from that point on. (Consider the move like a radio station moving from AM to FM, with a brief simulcast period.)

For the time being, the ohiomediawatch.com domain will continue to forward to the original Blogger site. At some point, probably when we stop “simulcasting”, that will change. That’s also when we’ll change the direct feed that notifies you of new posts on Twitter.

Why are we making the change?

Aside from the fact that we just wanted to change things up a bit, WordPress is also more mobile device-friendly than Blogger.

WP has a native mobile app (for Android, in our case) that will allow us to post and manage OMW easily while on the go. There are similar solutions for Blogger, but they are third-party apps that still are somewhat bug ridden or lacking in some features. (This is rather odd in the Android world, considering that Google both owns Blogger and develops Android, and has a number of native Android apps for existing Google services.)

Similarly, if you’re on an iPhone, iPod Touch, Android or WebOS device, WP actually has a dedicated mobile skin that allows quick access to the blog.

Yep, it’s increasingly a mobile technology world, and OMW is getting with the times.

The image in the theme on the new blog is a temporary placeholder, as we try to figure out how to get some sort of image in the 770×140 space alloted by the WordPress theme we’re currently using. We could change the theme, as well, at some point.

Some notes: right now, there is no login for comments, but they will be held for moderation. This could be changed in the future, depending on what workload this adds to our plate. Moderation will be quick, due to the aforementioned ability to moderate from a smartphone.

And the Ohio Digital TV blog is not making the move to WordPress, since we haven’t updated it since shortly after the digital TV transition. We’ll keep it up on Blogger, as we will also keep the original OMW blog on Blogger after the transition…at least for some time…

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One Response to We’re Moving

  1. Was concerned you were moving to a new state, which would be an interesting challenge.

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