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The AntiCraft Blog
Apr 14, 2010
AntiCraft Blog, R.I.P.

So here's the deal. When I realized that this is not the first time I've forgotten to announce a new issue on our own damn blog, I knew something about the process was broken. And it wasn't just the AC blog. My own personal blog, started in October of 2000, has become a wasteland of half-hearted, infrequent posts. Many of the Staff don't even bother with their own blogs. Blogging—for The AntiCraft Staff, at least—as a concept is broken.

We started off using the blog software that our ISP provided... and it was kind of a hassle. More PHP than I knew what to do with. We switched over to Blogger, which worked well, we thought, but as it turns out, we were part of an extremely small percentage of bloggers who used Blogger, but hosted all the blog info (posts, pictures, template code, etc.) on their own server. However, Blogger has decided to phase out that option, given that so few folks use it.

We can't fault them for that. It's good business sense. And, to Blogger's credit, they have worked really hard to make changing over as painless as possible. But it's still a bit of a hassle.

Well, if we're going be hassled, we're going to consider all our options. And honestly, now that Carin has joined the rest of the Staff on Facebook (Gooble, gobble, one of us!), we think that it'll provide a simpler interface for all our sharing needs:
  • Posting a link is super quick, and including a photo doesn't require coding or uploading a photo to our server.

  • If we need to share something longer, the Notes function works quite well, and we can still append photos and links.

  • We're on FB constantly, just like the rest of the zombies , so we're much more likely to update/interact.

  • If you are on FB, it's easy for YOU ALL to share things with US! We love seeing the links you come across or photos of your finished projects.

  • Even those of you who don't use FB can still SEE our page and/or subscribe to the RSS, just like with the current blog.
So in time, the "blog" button over on the left will become the "facebook" button, and clicking it will bring you to our FB page rather than the blog. And since there are 935 (at the time of this writing) fans of The AntiCraft on Facebook, we think it's gonna all work out just fine.

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