I haven’t been around for the past week, but I have a good reason. I have taken the plunge and decided to move away from WordPress.com. Contrapuntist.com was taken by some stupid cybersquatter, so contrapuntist will become TheContrapuntist.com. This also means, I have a hell of a lot to do, so writing might be touchy feely with the holidays right around the corner. I know diiddly about web design, and even less about blog design, so I bought the mother of all “Dummies” books that includes everything you want to know about HTML, XHTML, and CSS. Needless to say, I have a ton to learn, and a lot to do before I fully transfer over to my new site. I also decided to use www.Bluehost.com. It seemed like the best option for my hosting needs, and they have a great rate going at the moment as well.
What led me to make the change? Well, I was approached by a fellow music blogger, Noise Addicts, to join a music blog network: The Groove Network. Unfortunately, WordPress.com doesn’t give me the flexibility I’ve wanted for a while, and the rest of the network has added a bar that links to other members in the network. I’ve been following Noise Addicts for a while now, and it really is a great blog. I am also honored and thrilled to help build a network. While this opportunity wasn’t the main reason for moving, it certainly helped me decide to take the plunge and make a permanent move. It is something I have been considering for some time, since before I actually started blogging. We all have to start somewhere, and WordPress.com has worked just fine.
Besides Noise Addicts, the following are other members of The Groove Network:
- Duck & Cover
- Unidentified Sound Object
- DIY Audio Projects
- Frequency Blog
More news coming soon, but in the meantime, I will leave you with this tidbit. Checkout Mufin.com, which is a newly launched music discovery engine. Seems pretty cool so far. I played with it a bit while it was in Beta, with some interesting results. You can add to Facebook, MySpace, and iTunes.