Saturday, January 10, 2009

It's all the little things, and it's starting to get to me

The auction for JS ends in about a day, and if someone buys it and puts-up a site anything like the old JS -- I'm there.

While I'm enjoying the use of a standard tool that plays nicely with all the blogging tools out there, the lack of the social networking features are killing me.

I can't easily click on the list of viewers who have visited and go see their sites.

When I visit a blog, I have to leave a comment so the blogs that I visit know I read and care, instead of having the knowledge that they will see that I've visited in their statistics. I'm not good at quick comments, and it's slowing-down my blog reading something fierce. It would be faster if I just posted a reading list here. Hmmm, maybe I'll do that.

And finally, the inability to PM people. I didn't use it much, but when I did, it was a very nice way to communicate more openly and deeply within the JS community.


  1. I totally agree - I don't always want to leave a comment, I just go to the blog and read what the person has to say. My not leaving a comment is not indicative of anything - I don't always have a comment to speak to every person's blog that I'm going to. I haven't seen any other blog hosts that have the feature fo the last 10 visitors at the bottom of the page or go to the stats page and see all the visitors that have come to your blog that day, such as JS did. I miss that feature more than any other feature that is gone.

  2. I miss that feature of knowing who has visited our blogs, too. Dylan "was" brilliant with all his excellant features.

    However, I do like comments. :) I like to know what my readers are thinking, or if I need support, a comment can help me so much! (thankyou for your kind comment, Kit. :)

    Usually if I take the time to read a blog, I try to leave some kind of comment.

  3. I have been bookmarking all the blogs I have found that I enjoy (holy moly ... there are over 50 of them}. By putting them all in one folder, I shoot thru them, regardless of what site they are on, much quicker than I ever did on JS.

    But if it is reborn in the same fashion, I'm there, backing up as I go.


  4. you make good points there. there are days when i feel very chatty and comment-y, and days i don't, but i'd like for people to know i visited, even if i didn't comment.

    i also thought it was fun to see the comments that made it onto the home page.

  5. I have to agree...the statistics which included who visited, were nice. I uploaded Site meter here, and it contains LOTS of info, but you have to dig.

    The other thing that's bugging me is, when I first started my JS blog, four years ago, I built up my favorites list by going through the recent posts. Here, one has to take what they give you in the Blogs of Note. Well, hell, I'd like to decide which are the blogs of note FOR ME. I don't know...maybe there's another way of doing it, but I haven't found it.

    I'm also in the same boat as Anonymous---I've bookmarked a ton of people because I don't want to lose them.

    Home page comments were also a plus, as Mary points out.

    On the other side of this, I have found manipulating my blog here, much, much easier than JS.

    I see comments here about the "Blogger" community...but I'm damned if I see it.

    I try to leave a comment on every entry I read, but on any given day, I may not have anything to say, as opposed to another entry of that person's on another day. The lack of comments doesn't always put me off...but not knowing who's reading does.

    All of that said...I don't know if I want to start over's a pain in the behind.

  6. I know what you all mean. WordPress is not much better either.

  7. SiteMeter gives you an idea of general location, but not if the person uses AOL. I can guess the blogger with some of the details, but I miss the JS stats as well.