Recently — like maybe a month or so ago — Posterous announced that they would be shutting their service down. This has really gotten me thinking about just how stable these public blogging platforms really are. OK, I’m sure that many could argue that services like Tumblr, because they’re independent, will likely be here for the foreseeable future, but as I look at the frustration experienced by many as they attempt to migrate away from Posterous, i ask myself: is it worth taking the risk? For me, the answer is no.
I’ve decided to migrate my blog over to a self-hosted Wordpress site. Self hosting will give me greater control over exactly how the blog functions and the types of things I’m able to post. Wordpress contains a fantastic plugin architecture that allows it to be customized in what seems like an infinite number of ways. I’m also impressed with a number of on-going initiatives to help make Wordpress more accessible, this in contrast to Tumblr that seems hesitant to make any accessibility-related enhancements or changes.
What next? I’ve got my new blog set up at http://steve.sawczyn.com and am currently in the process of migrating posts over from Tumblr and my old Posterous site. New posts should be coming from this new address. Eventually, I’ll get this http://ssawczyn.tumblr.com URL configured to redirect to the new blog.
Although it’s a bit overwhelming, I’m really excited about all the possibilities and on-going accessibility conversations around Wordpress. I hope people will continue to read my posts on the new site.