Could This Be My Last Blog Post…?

Could This Be My Last Blog Post from Typepad? Yes the time has come for me to leave Typepad and leap into bed with a self hosted install of WordPress (and still at www.ChrisJonesBlog.com). It’s been a long time coming too, and frankly it would have happened a year ago had Typepad not made it near impossible to export my blog fully.

This move from one platform to another raises a very important issue, that of the long term agreements and relationships into which we enter – be it a blog host, accounting package, email name, editing platform, mobile phone contact…

You see, like any meaningful relationship, you will probably spend a long time together, often under pressure and under financed. And it’s only until you can use your technology in anger that you will find out if it really is the solution for you.

Truthfully, I am glad to see the back of Typepad. It’s an expensive and outdated platform that is lacklustre and locks its users in.

And if I were a Final Cut Pro post production company, I’d be pretty furious with Apple right now. Once more, Apple have proved themselves to be selfishly obsessed by their bottom line and not at all interested in the community of FCP users around the world (and for that matter graders using Color). Hey, why would they care about film makers and editors, they are a company who r.

So what is the moral of this tale?

Make sure whatever technology you get into bed with is exactly what you need, at the price point you can afford and sustain, from a company you can trust to develop and update… and ALWAYS keep your eye on an exit strategy.

So farewell Typepad… I won’t miss you!

(and hopefully Hello to WordPress in a day or two…)

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author

www.livingspiritgroup.com 
www.ProductionOffice.org
e: mail@livingspirit.com

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2 Responses to Could This Be My Last Blog Post…?

  1. Nic July 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    This is why I’ve been blethering on about how Open Source (ie WordPress) is so important to filmmakers. You can’t be locked in to a WordPress blog – as well as being able to export anything, if the WP management made some lousy decisions you could fork it, rename it ChrisPress and have your own system.

    And this is also why the moving of Lightworks Editor to an open source license is very exciting – http://www.lightworksbeta.com. Disgruntled FCP editors could switch to an Oscar winning edit system (used for Kings Speech, Pulp Fiction, etc) with no fear of being locked in (Mac version this autumn). If future management did something crazy with it, they could just fork the code and continue from there, so it forces the software vendors to be highly responsive to their users.

    Of course web services like Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Vimeo have their own troubling lock-in but that’s a different issue.

    Anyway, good luck with the move!

  2. Gaz May 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Onwards and upwards!

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