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The Great Blog Transfer

Or, as a subtitle, how is actually a lot nicer to use than

So, at some point last month I mentioned that I was working on getting together a real website.

Well, I have one. It exists. It has a layout and twitter feeds and generally looks very nice. The main issues thus far is content. All the static pages at the moment are random exclamations of “TURTLEDUCK” and “LANDSQUID” and random stories in which my much more savvy websmart friend who helped me put together said website features prominently.

In fact, the only real content currently up on the website is external stuff I ported in – namely, my twitter feed and this blog. I ported the entirety of this here blog from to my new, shiny website.

(As an aside, I have since been posting all entries both here and there independently, as I have not figured out how to post simultaneously on both and still have this one – Where Landsquid Fear to Tread, for those reading it on the website – update Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon at the same time. So.)

This post is going to make little sense on the website, but I half-hope no one’s found it yet because, seriously, random landsquid exclamations everywhere.

Now, in general I am rather happy with my new website, but there are things from that I miss. Akismet being the main one off the top of my  head. Akismet is a lovely program that blocks spam comments automatically. It is included for free with your blog. It is not included and not free if your website is running In the year and a half that I’ve had this blog, Akismet has blocked 3,582 spam comments.

That is a lot of spam-blocking that the new website is missing. also tracks who is linking to your blog, what links they’re clicking, what pages they’re looking at, and how many people have looked at your blog that day. is also lacking all these lovely stats. They may be tied to Akismet. I should probably just pay for it.

Part of me regrets moving from lovely, easy-to-use, free

So, anyway, if you don’t need a full website with your own domain, go You can have static pages, so it’s not like you’re losing a lot of options. Templates are a bit harder, but meh. is nice for your website, especially if you are used to as they are similar in the usability area. And I do think having my own website will be useful in the long run.

For now, however, I worry about the spam.