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Having more detailed data to track visitors and referrals can be quite useful to site owners. When I switched to this platform I wanted it to support Google Analytics, but I've since changed my mind. The irony is that Matt has now added support for custom javascript, so it would be possible.

Recent news of data harvesting on a grand scale has reignited privacy discussions. That's a good thing. Considering how often personal information is tracked, leaked and abused, I want no part of it. But how do you opt out when almost everything online tracks you? At least I don't have to add to it. For now, I choose not to use Google Analytics on my site. I may look into using something less intrusive, like Matomo, in the future.

From a personal view, I know that there's some sense of freedom in not caring so much how or where people find my site. They might find their way here, or they might not, I should write for the sake of writing. Of expressing myself. At the same time, the thought of not being able to at least track referrals freaks me out a bit. I guess it's a control thing.

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So here we are again. Another year has gone by and nothing much has changed. At least on the blog. In real life though? Well, that's pretty much the same as well. Damn!

Guess what! I changed blogging platform. Again. It's a paid platform, but it doesn't charge an arm, a leg, two kidneys and half of your liver for the service. It's actually quite affordable, and I get to play around with Markdown, which I do like for the simplicity.

I literally just ditched the self-hosted WordPress for Write.as, as this hosted platform is called. If you're looking to blog, or write online, check it out. They've got free blogging, paid blogging, anonymous blogging. And Matt, the guy behind it, is pretty damn responsive to feedback!

Mind you, there wasn't anything wrong with WordPress, I just couldn't be bothered with maintaining it. Or updating it. Or the plugins. Or the themes.

At first I was excited to start playing with Write.as as a platform but I'm not going to lie, once I started to manually move posts from the old blog to the new one I quickly started seeing limitations in Markdown.

There's no way to embed YouTube videos in Markdown. There's no way to embed Bandcamp media as I previously had, in WordPress. Fair enough, I could just link to the things I had previously embedded. No big deal. Or I could just break out the advanced html mode and embed things that way. Actually, there's nothing advanced about it. There's not even a thing called html mode. The platform just supports it. Awesome!

I've not moved all the posts from the old blog. There were a few gaming related posts that were very Twitch clip centric that I left out because I couldn't embed them at first. And now that I probably could, I honestly don't know if I could be bothered. Games I played four years ago are pretty much old news so meh.

Oh hey, look, this turned out to be a decent blog post after all. Go figure!

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I came across some old content from a few years ago, and was wondering if I should add it to this blog or not. On the one hand it's ancient history. On the other hand, it kind of does adds to my “backstory”.

The content is from back when I used Tumblr as a platform. And Tumblr actually isn't a bad alternative if I want to go the hosted route again. It was pretty intuitive and easy to use, and I think the mobile app was pretty good as well.

Anyway, I've manually imported some of the old posts, and may decide to add some more thought he ones that remain are mostly gaming related. We'll see how much ends up here.

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I logged in to check for the date when my Squarespace subscription period ends. I've got little over a month to decide what I want to do, so why not write a little.

I've hardly used the Squarespace platform this past year. Should I switch platform again, this time to something cheaper (or free)? Checking the pricing for Ghost surprised me, it costs almost twice as much as my Squarespace subscription! So I can either stick with what I have here or go back to something self-hosted. Hosted Wordpress doesn't interest me at all, as it looks way too limited.

Looking at self-hosted alternatives, I guess Wordpress would be the simplest. I've got years of experience with it after all. An alternative could be to try to host Ghost myself. I'm tempted to do that either way. Learning is fun, and I wouldn't mind taking a quick peek under the hood of Ghost. See what makes it tick.

I should do a little research on what other blogging platforms exist these days. But let's face it, I'm lazy. I probably won't. At least I'm honest about it.

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I've spent some time thinking about whether to keep the blog public and keep writing whatever comes to mind or if I should make it private, for my eyes only.

There's a certain kind of freedom that comes from just posting and not caring who my posts. On the other hand, there are assholes everywhere, and it's not exactly hard to find information about me, seeing as how I mostly go by Konc online. So do I potentially want to share my thoughts with such people?

I'm going to keep things public, for now. Let's call it a step in the process of learning not to care as much what others think of me. We shouldn't measure our value by how others see us, right? Oh, but the struggle is real.

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So I was pretty happy with using a self-hosted Wordpress installation for my blog, but I just don't have the energy to keep up with updates and keeping the platform secured. So I'm lazy, sue me.

I figure I'd try something new, and I've heard great things about Squarespace so why the heck not. Let's shake things up a bit. I'm currently attempting to import the few posts I have from Wordpress, I'm sure I'll have some tweaking to do to get the embeds I used to work.

My hopes for moving to a paid hosted platform is to make me actually keep doing something with the site. And if I don't, well, paying for something I don't use is punishment enough isn't it?

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I liked the hosted Ghost blog platform and being able to write things using markdown, but I couldn't shake the feeling of being stuck in a cramped space that comes with not having full access. I felt exactly the same way each time before I've done the switch from iOS to Android (three times so far).

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” — Henry V, by William Shakespeare

So, I'm back with Wordpress now.  By using this self-hosted platform, I can basically do whatever I want whenever I want. I've been here before, and it's familiar territory.

Now you might ask “But why don't you host a Ghost blog yourself?” and it's a very good question. I tried doing exactly that a couple of times, but the setup isn't as straight forward as installing Wordpress. And I'm not even sure if self-hosted Ghost has plugin support the way Wordpress does, once again I want to be able to customize things my own way. Oh, and I'm really lazy. ;)

The next thing on my to-do list is to find a theme I feel I can live with because I really don't like the way the default theme looks.

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Why Ghost? Well, I say why not. It feels like an innovative and (relatively) new blog platform. And I happen to like Markdown.

So now what?

Now I finish setting up the blog, then cancel my Squarespace and Tumblr accounts. Or rather, I think I'll leave my Tumblr but move the MrKonc.com domain from there.

Any questions? Yeah, I've got one. Does Ghost support “pages”, instead of just blog entries?

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