Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Site Moves

The Belmont Club will be moving on Monday, June 23 to Pajamas Express, a development which I hope will have several advantages. First, readers will be a little closer, in terms of clicks, to some of the most distinguished names on the blogosphere: Victor Davis Hanson, Richard Miniter, Roger Kimball, Bill Bradley, Ron Rosenbaum, Phillis Chester, Flemming Rose, Claudia Rosett, Michael Ledeen and Ron Silver. Equally compelling for me was the chance at having more control over the site, something that is a little hard to do with Blogger, and the opportunity to use the plug-ins and features available in Wordpress.

I know some firewalls exclude Blogger sites, so access for some readers may improve. The Blogger RSS feeds have also been the subject of some complaint. With the change in platform, those difficulties may be solved.

Inevitably there will some inconvenience associated with the move. There's the hassle of moving bookmarks. I'll provide a link at the top of the old page for those who can't be bothered. It's not without its headaches for me, having grown familiar with the Blogger interface, and it's like an old shoe you don't want to put away. The little widgets, the linkroll, traffic counter, blogroll, etc all have to be recast. But ultimately the move will be worth the effort.

All the archives will remain where they are. However, on the day of the move I'll lock down this site to disable the posting of additional comments, otherwise the trolls and spammers will move into the comments section.

The Belmont Club is supported largely by donations from its readers.


Blogger NahnCee said...

I'm agin it. I found that when Captain's Quarters moved to Hot Air, I lost interest. It became much more over-run by the world, more like a newspaper's letters to the editors page than a place where a large percentage of people were listenable-to.

I also lost the feeling that I was listening directly to the person responsible for writing Captain's Quarters, and it became more like reading an anonymous AP column.

However, if it makes it easier for you, lead on McDuff. I'll follow, at least for the nonce.

6/17/2008 06:13:00 PM  
Blogger wretchardthecat said...

It's a different arrangment. I won't be employed by Pajamas Media. It will simply be hosting the Belmont Club. What they will get from it is whatever traffic can be generated. Victor Davis Hanson or Ron Silver don't write for the site directly. Their blogs are simply hosted on it, for much the same reasons.

6/17/2008 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger Annoy Mouse said...

I'm fer it. I am blocked from blogger at work.

Look forward to having an old friend for lunch.


6/17/2008 08:07:00 PM  
Blogger Annoy Mouse said...

I hope that didn't sound too much like Hanibal Lector.

6/17/2008 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

Is that like what InstaPundit has done, so that all the IP blurbs show up on Pajama Media's page in one place?

So that Belmont Club would have its own space, or would you be like VDH and just be mooshed in with the rest of the brainiacs, to pick and choose from, and have to search out?

6/17/2008 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger NotWhoIUsedtoBe said...

Eh, I don't like this. I stopped reading Ed Morrisey when he went to Hot Air. It was too hard to find Ed and too easy to find what I didn't want.

If I can just bookmark Belmont Club at a different address, I'm all for it. If I have to sift through a lot of other content...

I hope it works out. I've been coming here since Den Beste linked to it right before he quit.

6/17/2008 09:54:00 PM  
Blogger jj mollo said...

How I miss Den Beste! Oh well. I hope this change will be advantageous, but it worries me. I've finally gotten to the point where I know what to expect from all your commenters, so maybe new ones will take me out of my comfort zone. Good luck and hope for the best.

6/17/2008 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are some mighty fine names you will be blogging along side of.

All the best with the move. Hopefully the RSS feed will work over there! :)

6/18/2008 02:02:00 AM  
Blogger Pat Patterson said...

I am in agreement with Nahncee in that once CQ moved I found it less and less interesting and harder to find. Not the quality of the writing but merely in it being lost in the shuffle of some good and some plainly awful writings. And I tend to prefer that defense/military related sites be separate from sites that are more political and cultural in nature. I'm not sure the neighborhood is improved by moving into an area where "gotcha" is a motivation.

But if you can make a bunch of money then more power!

6/18/2008 03:38:00 AM  
Blogger wretchardthecat said...

There's no change in the money, which on this site come from ad revenues and donations. I'm sure most bloggers out there know that it's not possible to make a living blogging unless your traffic is really, really high.

The real upside to blogging is as a networking tool. You meet people that would be inaccessible in the ordinary course of life. Again, that doesn't translate into income but it is a good in itself.

However, the ultimate reason for writing is as an exercise in thinking things through with a lot of people watching. It is very, very easy to make a jackass of yourself in front of thousands of readers.

Some people actually make jackasses of themselves on purpose, I think, if they find a demand for it. The most corrupting influence in writing is to find yourself in demand as a buffoon and then proceed to fill it. Like Pagliaccio.

The best situation is to have some sort of day job, or non-writing interest, so that you don't have to sing for your supper exclusively.

6/18/2008 03:57:00 AM  
Blogger Jrod said...

That's right Wretchard, real musicans have day jobs ;-)

6/18/2008 05:43:00 AM  
Blogger Pat Patterson said...

I am sorry if I left the impression that I thought the move had a financial motivation. That was not my intent at all. If there is the possibility of increased reward then that is certainly a point in favor of a move if all other things being equal. But if not then the risk of being lost in a scrum seems likely without many benefits.

6/18/2008 05:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh, yes. I also came here by referral ex denBeste. Ol' Stephen captured my thoughts then turned me on to Wretchard.

Meandering the 'net, I discovered
http://ajacksonian.blogspot.com/ and have long thought it a reincarnation of USS Clueless but who am I to make that assumption.

6/18/2008 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger War News Updates Editor said...

I agree with your readers comments in regards to Ed Morrisey. I always enjoyed reading Captain's Quarters. He always posted very early in the morning, and was my first read for the day. Since moving to Pajamas, I "feel" that it as not been the same. It seems that I have lost him in the noise ... or ... I guess I am a creature of habit.

But quoting the Enya song .... I will still find you.

6/18/2008 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

I read your post with growing disappointment. And my reaction was echoed in many of the responses here. I miss CQ. In fact I just went over to PM and I couldn't even find him.

Wretchard, I will miss you!

6/18/2008 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger Pangloss said...

Ed Morrissey isn't at PJM, he's at Hot Air.

I agree with those who think that CQ was better by itself than as part of Hot Air, mainly because you can't follow the thread of Morrissey's commentary by itself. PJM on the other hand allows you to review one pundit at a time instead of just perusing the main page.

6/18/2008 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger wretchardthecat said...

john lynch,

You asked a very natural question and a good one. I'm very grateful for the other comments. They are all real concerns.

6/18/2008 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger lewy14 said...

Actuall I agree with NahnCee as well.

Frankly wretch, you're better than the bloggers at PJM.

E.g. Hanson and Kimball are both bright guys, and I agree with much of what they say, but at the end of the day they are polemicists.

Polemics which you agree with are still polemics (a fact which escapes many people).

I'm tired of polemics. I like the contemplative pieces which you excel at.

6/18/2008 02:26:00 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Pangloss: Oops! No wonder I couldn't find him. I don't like podcasts anyway, and that may be why I forgot where he went off to.

My bad, thanks for the correction.

6/18/2008 03:18:00 PM  
Blogger Towering Barbarian said...

JJ Mollo, Clasher 08,

If you two are at all fond of Anime you may want to visit this site. ^.^


It's a good place for those who were fond of the writings of Stephan Den Beste! ^_~

6/18/2008 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger tom said...

I have never posted to "The Club" before, but must chime in for what it's worth.
I agree that CQ got lost in the crowd at HotAir. I don't read him any more, or, rather, very rarely since he moved.
Belmont Club is, to me, a labor of love by someone who is painting with words, for all to see. (and comment on).
I recognize many of the long-time commenters, and REALLY appreciate their wit and wisdom.
I can only hope that the 'water from a fire hydrant' of Pajamas Express does not drown Belmont Clubs voice.


6/19/2008 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger ForNow said...

Makes sure it looks similar. The Times New Roman font (in the comments too). Think of your readers as a herd of cats who'll feel much more comfortable with familiar furniture in the new house.

6/19/2008 02:04:00 PM  
Blogger ForNow said...

Come to think of it, that's what Instapundit did, Reynolds' site looks just the same though it's at Pajamas Media too now.

6/19/2008 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

Think of your readers as a herd of cats ...

You, of course, being the wiser (but sad) beagle onlooker.

Actually, the comments above have define my sense of unease at the news you're moving. I want the New You to be easily accessible and bookmarked, and I want to be able to follow the thread without a lot of scroling around. I'd like all the B Club stuff in one place.

What InstaPundit has done is good in that you can read him either at PM, or his home page remains as-is and you can just read it without wading through all the other PM stuff.

What Captain's Corner did is the kiss of death, so please don't do it that way.

Throwing out your contemplative pieces to concentrate on Japanese anime is also a not-good thing to do, so please try not to.

Does this new flexibility mean you'll be more easily able to ban people? :-)

6/19/2008 03:49:00 PM  

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