As announced previously, I have now completed my move. Welcome to Altitis’ new home. I hope everything went right in the process and nobody got lost.
Blogspot was a great platform for a newbie blogger when I started Altitis, and easy of use was definitely one of its strong points. As I grew more experienced, though, some of the quirks and limitations became apparent and made themselves a (minor nuisance).
However, as Kestrel noted on his own blog, a recent change implemented by Blogger now denies people not commenting from a BloggerID the possibility to link their own blogs to their name. This is a bad thing. In one of the comments, Temerity Jane expressed very clearly why this was contrary to the philosophy of blogging in general, and this resonated to my own thoughts on the matter – except she said it way better than I ever could.
In short, blogging is about the free and open exchange and circulation of ideas, discussion and debates. Building chinese walls and artificial barriers to this exchange around one single platform goes in the way of the kind of communication which is central to the very notion of blogging.
These barriers wall out other bloggers but also wall in their own users, and it’s definitely a step into the wrong direction. Hence the move to the new host.
Now some of you will ask, what the heck is this treehuggers.info domain I’m hosted on. Well, the Treehuggers was the very first guild I joined in WoW (guess the faction and race of my toon…), back in June 2005. When the guild needed a web forum, I volunteered for the job, and eventually purchased domain and hosting space. The original guild later merged with another guild in order to tackle endgame content (one of the few satisfying and successful guild mergers I’ve lived through), forming ST Syndicate, which I also hosted. Since then, some splinter guilds have popped up and died again, and currently the domain is only used for ST Syndicate’s fora. Which leaves plenty of free space and bandwidth for the blog.
So let me extend to you a very warm welcome to the second iteration of Altitis. So far, most of the things you were able to find on the old platform are available here in a similar fashion. New, for your convenience, is a separate syndication feed for the comments.
I hope you will like the new Altitis. If anything did go wrong, please let me know.