Category Archives: Tecknokalities

No. 196 – Blogger vs TypePad

I finally have some time to address the questions and comments from No. 195. I decided to change the name from Knocked Up …Then Knocked Down for a couple of reasons.

1) Under my current circumstances, getting knocked up is about as likely as Britney Spears becoming a poster child for Pro-Choice, so now I feel like calling myself Technically Knocked Out (TKO) a more fitting title (there’s a little blip about that in my "About Me" link); and

2) I didn’t realize it when I made my choice on Blogger to call it Knocked Up that there was another blogger who had a very similar title. Once I found out, it totally bugged me that someone may have thought I was hitchhiking on her. Switching sites gave me an excuse to change the name.

I don’t know what to tell you about updating your bloglines/blogrolls. I think it would be safe to go ahead and add this site under the new name to both for those who maintain those lists. I’m struggling with my own identity crisis because when I comment on blogger sites now, I have to remember to change the default, which links to Knocked Up. It’ll still show as DD, but it should link to here. Another source of ID issues lie with TypePad’s comments. Before I made the change, when I was logged into TypePad, it was listing my full, real name; something I’m not ready to give out on a day-to-day basis so I had to make some changes there. Some of you may see me post as "DD" or even "DD TKO". Let’s just say, making the switch is not as easy as someone with more than two brain cells to rub together make it look.

I have eliminated the weird verification thingy with the comments. I guess if I was to ever have a troll come out from under the bridge, I can rethink that option. I hate change. Let’s just make that clear, so this has not necessarily been a fun adventure.

Now for the pros/cons:

1. Blogger is free. Typepad is not, even for the basic layout, which is what I have signed up for. I would have thought that when one is paying for a service that with someone else is free, I would get more goodies. That’s not necessarily been true.

2. I had to kiss my skanky weather pixie good-bye. The whore was wearing a freakin’ bikini today and it probably is best I get rid of her. I don’t need cartoon-envy on top of my other quirks. But this also means that I’m leaving my guestmap; site meters; and specialized codes behind because with basic Typepad you don’t have access to the HTML template. I will also regret that I won’t be able to do more minipolls at this time unless I do them through my Blogger site.

3. Publishing is a little different. Blogger had an option to have your posts sent to your email account; Typepad does not. But, after reading and re-reading the instructions I was able to figure out how to move all of my posts from Blogger to Typepad (but it looks like I hosed something in my Blogger template as my archives are now gone). Since I don’t know what the long haul will bring, I will have to copy and paste my Typepad posts to Blogger if I want to keep it current.

4. Comments. One of the nicest options with Typepad is once a comment has been posted, it comes to my email account with the post’s title as reference (which took me three attempts in changing my configuration to make it stick!), instead of just the blog’s title from Blogger. For me that appeals to my sense of organization.

5. Hiccups, Blips and Downtime. I’ve only noticed TypePad having site issues a couple of times since I’ve been blogging. However, it seems like Blogger is constantly rejecting access to sites; whether it was me trying to log on or you trying to post a comment. Sure Blogger is free, but when you can’t use it, it becomes worthless. Free and worthless should never refer to the same thing.

Egad, was there ever a more boring post?! Please feel free to comment about your likes/dislikes about TypePad or Blogger based on your personal experiences; or to plug the current product you are using if it’s neither of these.

I’ve realized something quite amazing with this change: I now know I have good friends when they can call me every name in the book and yet appreciate that you are using them as endearments. It’s like being personally called an Asshole by Tertia. Also, you can all rest assured that things between Mr. DD and I are quite well. More on that next time.

No. 195 – Trial Separation

I’ve been on the fence about my current relationship, and I think it’s time for a trial separation. It’s not that I’m terribly unhappy, but I just think I could do a little better. You’ve seen the writing on the wall, so there shouldn’t be any mouths agape out there. Maybe I won’t be happy and I will want to come back to what I’m accustomed to, but right now I need to know if there’s something better. In fact, I’ve had something in the wings now for the past week and I have been dying to tell you all about it.

I told Mr. DD this weekend. He just shrugged his shoulders and went back to watching TV.

Oh, and I want you all to be a part of it. Really! I want to thank Beth at Prop Your Hips Up who really inspired me to take the leap.

…and in case you were worried, it’s not my husband I’m leaving; it’s Blogger. I have set up a fun-factory over at typepad and will see what I think at the end of the trial month. Now, for your viewing and reading pleasure (I use the word "pleasure" loosely), stop by tko.typepad.com and let me know what you think. I’m already digging the much shorter URL address! And be honest, dammit. I’m not going to spend what I can on mochas in a month for a site you think sucks. I need my caffeine!