Zoltar and me

I predict tall dark and handsome.

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I see ...

Perhaps not.

I predict a good number of Vox emigrants will not become active bloggers on WordPress.

The reason in a nutshell: platform.

The Vox platform was user friendly and easy breezy; it required minimal manipulation or navigational familiarity or skills. It was like Show Up. Create an Account. Begin Blogging. Find Others. Click Here. Create a Hood. Done. The interactive platform was native.

Not so on WordPress. Comparatively more is required of the blogger simply in terms of navigation and selections and controls and commands. Performances and functions, including those interactive, operating in the Vox background do not do so here.

Which isn’t to say they’re lacking. It’s that WP isn’t a drag-and-drop effortless blogging platform that was Vox. Even the most basic and/or desired functions, for example creating a hood, requiresome even minimal involvement, negotiation and manipulation (particularly if seeking to replicate/recreate Vox functions).

That’s where we’ll lose a good number of Voxers. And we’ll certainly lose those infrequent Vox bloggers.

Mark my words. Then deposit a quarter for more from Zoltar and me.


Will that be debit or credit?


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Erin Michel
    Sep 05, 2010 @ 12:31:21

    I have the same prediction.

    WP has a learning-curve, it’s true. I hope that our neighbors just give it time because it really is a fantastic blogging site! I hope that people also learn to use RSS feeders or Google Reader or something, because I feel like I’ve managed to re-create my neighborhood that way. That is, if people continue blogging.

    *sigh* stupid goddamn Vox.


    • allycatadventures
      Sep 05, 2010 @ 12:44:14

      Zoltar sez: Neighbors intimidated by platform go away. Or perhaps it was Confucius. Either way, disappointment awaits in a hope they’ll stick around. Truthfully, I see this for what it is: the end of Vox and the hood as we knew it. Zoltar and I also predict a dispersion of the Voxers who do acquire some WP navigational skills. But that’s another quarter in the machine.


  2. Country Cinderella
    Sep 05, 2010 @ 15:02:43

    I have definitely started using Google Reader so that I can keep up with my neighbors not matter which blogging site they decide to use.

    I have heard about some other sites that people are checking out as alternatives to WordPress and Typepad, they are Xanga and LiveCloud. I do not think that your Vox blog can be exported/imported to those sites, but for a new start it sounds like they have a alot of nice privacy options and friend options. I hope we can all help pass the word to each other about the sites we try and about the features they have.


    • allycatadventures
      Sep 05, 2010 @ 15:22:11

      Yeah, I’m considering the Google Reader route. Though it’s handy and certainly helpful, some might say essential, for multiple blogsites/blogs, I’m a diehard blogger in the sense that I still prefer navigating a blogsite and going into bloggers’ homes rather than having them appear in a cyberspace roll. Because I have a four-year body of work to preserve, setting up at a blogsite that doesn’t offer a reliable and solid import isn’t an option. And WP gets consistently high marks in reviews. Nice to hear about LiveCloud. Thanks for poppin’ in.


  3. jaklumen
    Sep 05, 2010 @ 18:56:38

    The straight dope, and I’ll say it: VOX was a strange Frankenstein-ish mashup of LiveJournal’s privacy controls, with folksy, homey renames (minus full customization), built upon the API Blogger uses (yes, the Atom API).

    Six Apart is clearly angling for marketing dollars and are consolidating such efforts, TypePad being just one of them. I have been told this by reliable sources I won’t reveal. Marketers have no interest in privacy, as the Zuckerberg experiment, the Google Borg Entity, and other sites also reveal.

    WordPress is a very different business model: I think they make most of their money on how their source code is deployed, especially by businesses that use it to create their own blogs (WIRED, a Condé Nast publication, uses WordPress for GeekDad and its other blogs, for instance). I do not believe they are pandering so much to commercial interests as 6A is. While individual businesses using WP may use commerical advertising, that is not inherent to the WP source code that I can tell.


  4. Aussie Emjay
    Sep 05, 2010 @ 22:23:28

    I think your prediction will come true though I hope to not lose touch with too many of my old neighbours. I know though that I will get lazy with checking on people who are not on WordPress – I’m lazy and like to have everyone just appear in my Readomattic – perhaps the google reader would be better for me.


    • allycatadventures
      Sep 05, 2010 @ 22:56:16

      This move inspired me to take up Google Reader. Love it. An efficient timesaver and makes for smooth sailing through blogs, especially across platforms, though for me it won’t altogether replace the hands-on participation. I’m a bit too grassroots to give that up entirely!


  5. sharnsgarden
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 01:48:08

    I’m a refugee from thoughts.com who joined Vox only a week ago, joined wordpress after the notification of shutdown, think I just might go back to thoughts.com.


    • allycatadventures
      Sep 06, 2010 @ 11:55:05

      Sharnsgarden, your arrival at Vox is like washing the car when the next day it rains! I hope you’ll enjoy WP if you decide to stay. As a Voxer for four years, I witnessed its transformation from a lively community to into a moribund one and finally a dead horse. So you’re really not missing anything by its closure; you are, I daresay, better off for it. Thanks for popping in.


  6. dashton4
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 08:35:48

    LOL– sounds like a plan.


  7. revstan
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 13:10:19

    Hi ya, glad you found a new home and thanks for the message over on Typepad. I’ve registered with WordPress so it’s easier to keep up with ex-voxers that have migrated here, but I won’t be blogging here.


  8. revstan
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 13:14:51

    PS Meant to add but was a bit to eager with the send button. Agree with what you say about not everyone migrating. It was a bit of a shock to the system when I set up my new blogs on Typepad as it felt a lot more techy but I actually began to prefer it to Vox towards the end…and now I have three blogs there. Who’d have thought eh?


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