On The Road, Update

For the handful of you who check in here regularly, a few quick notes on why you haven’t heard from me in a while…

First of all I’ve spent the last few days on the road and the last several days before that getting ready to be on the road. And as you’re probably already aware, I write this blog in addition to doing my own full-time average joe day job which takes up about 40 to 60 hours per week. I’m also the primary caregiver for our 10 month old son which is yet another full-time job. How I sometimes manage to crank out two or three posts a day here remains a mystery to me and everyone around me. It’s just sheer passion and at times inspiration. So there’s nothing worse than writing something and having almost nobody see it. That’s why I’m so grateful to the people at WhatFinger who regularly share my content and from there it spreads far and wide.

So in addition to being even more busy than usual for the last week, and on the road last few days, I’ve also been upset that WordPress (which I use as the platform to host LBA) has blacklisted WhatFinger as a referrer. That won’t make much sense to a lot of you, but the very short version is that WordPress is now treating WhatFinger like spam and not letting their users see the traffic and results that WhatFinger gets us. WordPress told me that there’s nothing they can do and that a third party they use identified WhatFinger as spam. To me that’s entirely implausible. It’s a lie. WordPress has joined other tech giants in tamping down on conservative media’s reach and visibility. And on principle I’m not super excited about being a WordPress client and continuing to drive traffic through their platform. So that means I need to switch over to a different platform and that will take a lot of time, and it means leaving all of these posts behind. And that stinks. Several of my posts here have already been turned into swiss cheese by Twitter when they banned the various accounts that I used to create the posts. So there are lots of tweets, videos, images that filled these pages and were substantive and important to the point of each post, that now make no sense because Twitter banned those accounts. And so the content…images, videos, tweets etc…are no longer available. (I’m writing this post using voice dictation while driving so I can’t take the time to give you links and all that good stuff, but just do a search here for Reebok and look at the post called Reebok Hates The Word ‘Beautiful’ for a good example of what I mean.)

Anyway it was already a kick in the gut to have Twitter impose their political bias and screw up my posts, and now WordPress is imposing their political bias and screwing up the great team at WhatFinger who help drive most of my traffic. Long story short, I have a ton I want to be writing about and hope to get the platform switched over and be back in business within the next several days or week at the most. Thanks for your patience and my next post here will probably be a redirect to the new site.


UPDATE, 11/1/18 at 12:07PM ET: I’m dusting the cobwebs off after getting settled back in from the move. I talked to the people at WhatFinger and they said they wouldn’t hold it against me if I held off on switching platforms. I did some research and it’s just a huge undertaking, so I’m going to keep writing here for now. But I’ll do it knowing that WordPress is yet another in the long line of ubiquitous Silicon Valley giants who imposes their political partisanship and intolerance on their users. And that will always reflect worse on them than on the people who are stuck using their tech despite it.

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3 comments

  1. I have posted on Blogger and WordPress for ten years. My photo blog has attracted a little bit of interest, but my opinion blogs have been totally ignored. No likes and no comments. On the other hand, I saw a blog that had no content except for one sentence on the About page making fun of conservatives, and it received 40 likes and 16 comments.

    My blogs on Blogger (owned by Google) have received over 40,000 pageviews, but no comments. That doesn’t make sense. Statistically, three percent of your readers leave a comment. I should have had at least 1200 comments. Blogger has a page advance scroll that allows readers to scroll through blogs. If someone scrolls past my blog it’s counted as a pageview. So I really didn’t have 40,000 visitors. Most of those were just click throughs.

    Migrating to a elf-hosting platform seems to be the most viable option.

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