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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

I’ve never quite been satisfied with the way I’ve set everything up here, and consequently I’ve shifted things around a lot (though mostly on the back end where readers don’t notice). I originally thought it would be good to have a regular blog, another blog dedicated to English and linguistics, and a third blog that would actually be for non-blog stuff (other writings, poetry, pictures, what have you).

I eventually scrapped the third blog (which started out as an accident, but I then decided to leave it scrapped). There’s now a gallery there instead, but I have yet to do anything with it. I’ll get to it eventually, I’m sure.

But I still feel uneasy about the division between the English blog and everything else. I post there infrequently enough that I don’t have anything even resembling a regular readership, and part of the point in writing (or so I’m told) is to have people read what you write. So I’m toying with the idea of merging them and then simply using categories to, well, categorize the content appropriately.

And on an unrelated note, I’ve been getting tons of spam comments in the last several months. My filter is rather amazing, though, because only a few out of nearly three thousand have gotten through. Still, it annoys me to have to check the filters and occasionally moderate comments, so I’m considering requiring everyone to register before posting comments.

I’m guessing that a lot of people don’t really care much about the issue of merging the blogs or keeping them separate, but I’m sure that some people will have an opinion about having to register. Would this be a bad thing, because lots of people dislike registering for stuff, or would it be good, because then you don’t have to fill in the comment form every time?

Of course, I’m not even sure it would cut down on spam. It would probably just shift the battle from fighting spam comments to fighting spam accounts, which is currently a problem on the forum, though one that seems to be under control.

So, if you have any feedback, let me know.

Posted by Jonathon at 10:25 pm | 5 Comments »