Monday, January 15, 2007


At Paul Butzi's urging, I have investigated wordpress. For me, it's a no go for 3 reasons; 1) it does not appear to be very Mac OSX friendly, 2) it does not handle photographs well and The Landscapist is about photography and photographs, 3) in my experience with the content creation aspect of blogging software to date, blogspot is the most effortless and intuitive.

But, in order to address one of your common blogspot-user complaints, I have disabled the word verification stuff for leaving comments. This means you can type a comment and click "Publish" without that pesky word varification thing. This might also mean that The Landscapist will get hit with spam comments. We'll see.

BTW, check out the changes to the Photo Submission guidlines (on the sidebar).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is unrealistic to expect extensive dialogue on a blog. A blog is owned by someone, and is by definition controlled by that someone, and therefore functions primarily as their own personal spoutlet. I believe that visitors to the blog come there to read, absorbing and rejecting information as appropriate to their sensitivities and biases.

Real dialogue is more likely through peer communications channels, such as usenet or yahoo groups.

1/16/2007 01:27:00 AM  
Anonymous mary dennis said...

I think there is definitely some truth in what anonymous has written. This doesn't seem to be the best format for productive, cohesive dialogue. You may find it a little more fluid at Square Space but I'm not sure it will create the free flowing exchange of ideas that you desire Mark. It's worth a shot of course but will it be enough, in the end, if you know that lots of people are simply reading and choosing not to write?

1/16/2007 11:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In fact, why not relocate to the Yahoo group linked on this very blog. Address is

It looks as if that group could use an injection of energy, and perhaps consolidation of a few splinter factions like this one will yield a long-term viable community.

1/17/2007 01:28:00 AM  

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