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GeeksWithBlogs changes

I stopped posting over the last few days due to the service changes at GeeksWithBlogs.  They have decided to include advertisements on all of their hosted blogs and feeds.  I can understand their need:  the community is growing rapidly and it’s costing more money to support. 

I would have preferred it if we (as a part of this community) had been given a chance to comment on this change and even been given the option of ponying up some money.  My guess is that many members here would pay in advance for the service or even just donate money to keep it running free of ads.  (Jeff Julian implies that there may be options for an ad-free premium service in the future once they get their new blogging system in place.)

Instead, we received an e-mail on Sunday morning.  By Monday morning, my blog had an advertisement on it.  BTW: I don’t object to advertisements, I just object to having no control over the advertisements. 

This is kind of ironic for me as I have been trying to figure out how to get more control over my blog’s CSS template only to find that I now have less. 

In Jakob Nielsen’s article Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes, he says that you don’t want to let someone else control your blog.  He even sites this very issue as a reason (see issue #10).

Yup.

Now what?  Well, I am evaluating other options.  And maybe I will move again.  If you are a subscriber, please make sure you have subscribed to http://feeds.feedburner.com/MindFromRWandering — this will ensure that if I do make a move, you will come along.

Update:  One thing I forgot to say in this post:  I do appreciate the community that GeeksWithBlogs is building here.  I don’t actually expect service for free (and of course, that is what I have gotten and continue to get from GeeksWithBlogs).  And I do fully appreciate Jeff’s need to make this change.

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