I am going to be closing this particular address for Second Thoughts, and moving Second Thoughts to my other address in the group of "3DBlogger" blogs here.
I'm already posting over there, so change your bookmarks, feeds, whatever, to this new address.
Yes, it means losing some important link-backs in various places, but eventually they'll figure it out.
And I need to get into the habit of making the original 3DBlogger site also repost all of the different blogs so that some people who want all of them can follow that one.
Why am I doing this? Simple - it's ridiculous to keep paying two fees for two different blog addresses, just to have the address I want that says "second thoughts". It used to matter more when people typed in URLs more and I had it on business cards.
But nowadays, nobody looks at what the link is underneath the compressed form on Twitter or Facebook. It doesn't matter what it says. It could say cream cheese. I don't particularly like the name "3DBlogger," either, but I decided that the link-backs on 3dBlogger, especially Wired State, are way more important to me than the ones on Second Thoughts.
To be sure, a lot of my traffic comes from dozens of other Second Life blogs that have kindly put me in their feeds, and I may lose that traffic unless I write to all of them, and I may not have the time.
Long ago, I should have made this move, to save the money, which is ridiculous to waste (and I am cutting every cost I can now).
But I was stopped from doing it by the HUMONGOUS size of the nearly 10-year-old file of blogs. It really is insane. It's huge. I kept trying to copy it...move it...chunk it...NOTHING would work.
I finally got Typepad engineers to work at this and after a lot of back and forthing and them telling me to just copy and paste, which just wasn't working, finally a nice employee named Kimberly divided up the monster into about 14 FTP addresses for me, and I was able to make the transfer. Some things failed to transfer, and now I'm manually putting them in, but I think most of it is there.
I'm not sure I have the stamina to double check thousands of posts to make sure they all got there -- and of course, the pictures on a lot of them are now missing due to the demise of Posterous. No matter, I have a back-up, and some day, they will be matched again...or maybe not.
I think my blog is an important resource not only on the hisory of Second Life but the history of the larger issues of the Internet, of which Second Life is a microcosm. And I may make a "Best of" e-book of some of it if I can find time.
The new blog is very scrappy still because I have to re-do all my stuff on it -- and again, there's the time factor. The clock is ticking for the next billing period, so that's that.