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October 06, 2014

Moving to Wordpress soon (October): this Main Blog and Camera Deals blog

Oh hai! Is this thing still on? :) Finally, both this Main Blog along with the Camera Deals blog will move to Wordpress in the next few days. For a variety of technical, creative and other reasons, both will start afresh. Between the two of them here at Typepad they have over 25,000 blog-posts and there is simply no clean + easy + practical way to transfer them over. The previous TypePad blogs will get their own archival sub-domains (the same thing we did when we moved from Blogspot to TypePad a few centuries ago).

RSS Feeds stay the same
The RSS feeds for both the main blog and the Camera Deals Blog will remain the same. They are hosted at Feedburner, so all I have to do is switch the source feed behind the scenes. So if you are signed up to those two RSS feeds, you will get the latest updates when the switchover happens.

Stretchable approach
Google has "Material" design, Apple has "Continuity". Our buzzword du jour is "stretchable". All projects must pass a stretchability test, and by that, I mean, you can do as little or as much as you can and they can stand on their own. Things that require constant 24x7 monitoring of the news, timeline, and new product announcements are not stretchable, and they are not happening. That ship has sailed as they say.

This is also an opportunity to go back to our roots and do a lot of things that used to get posted here before they got buried by cascading avalanches of new product announcements. Things like resource and reference posts, crazy-random-posts, market analysis, data-driven posts, and things like that.

There is no predetermined format or style, it is an anything goes type of thing. We are also no longer doing the semi-non-profit thing. If a regular feature requires 20 hours a month but does not pay for itself, it is not likely to happen (for example, the Opinion Soups). If you wish to demand for something to happen, then please provide: 1) the personnel to do it, 2) the resources to do it, 3) the sustainable funding for it. Once you do that, then please feel free to demand and demand and demand :)

More details as things develop...

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