Welcome to the New & Improved This Mornin’ I Am Born Again!
Ok, I know I’ve had the domain ThisMornin.com for a while now, but it’s official now.
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I have finally made the switch from Blogger to Wordpress, and as you can already see, the site looks better. Wordpress allows for much more design freedom. I’m still tweaking things here and there – especially links to other posts here on the site – so expect to see some changes in the coming days as I get used to the new platform. Another advantage is the ability to have multiple pages. In addition to the regular blog page (or home), I can add additional info on static pages. So far, I’ve simply made Archives and About pages, but be on the lookout for some new stuff in the future.
Another underlying motive for the move is the way Blogger, a Google company, deals with copyright issues. If the RIAA, or anyone for that matter, has a problem with the content posted on a blog, they tend to ignore the ubiquitous disclaimer and send a formal notice to the hosting company. Blogger, to save themselves any legal trouble, immediately deletes the infringing post, never notifying the blog author. Thus the author never knows which file actually caused the trouble in the first place.
Recently a handful of quite successful music blogs were inexplicably removed altogether by Blogger for claims of copyright infringement and violating Blogger’s Terms of Service. Years of work gone in an instant. Most of the deleted blogs even had express written consent from artists/labels to post their songs, but alas, The Man didn’t care. I don’t have the energy to get into how bass-ackwards the idea behind a failing industry going after the last lifeline they have is, so you can read more about what they’re calling “MusicBlogocide 2010″ here and here.
Things are safer here, where I supply my own hosting. But it comes with a cost – $5/month to be exact – and that’s hoping I estimated correctly on my space and bandwidth requirements. That, on top of my monthly song-hosting costs with Box.net, have driven the cost of running this place up to a noticeable level. So…
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For nostalgia’s sake, the old site can still be viewed at www.thismornin.blogspot.com.