Dogfooding

After two happy years as a WordPress self-hosted install, I’m moving our 8th grade science class site/home/hub, GriffinScience, to Blogger:

GriffinScience: “Because we’ll be using Blogger as a main platform of interaction with the 8th graders next year due to our school Google accounts making that a no-brainer, I’ve gone ahead and moved GriffinScience from a self-hosted WordPress install to Blogger.”

I don’t think the students will mind or notice much, and it does make a good deal of sense to eat my own dog food if I’m going to encourage students to make use of our school’s Google Apps accounts and use Blogger (or Google Sites) as their digital portfolio’s home (of course I don’t mind if they want to venture out into WordPress or Tumblr or Posterous land as well).

For some reason, this makes me sad in a “but I’m a real geek!” way. It’s not that Blogger isn’t a proper blogging engine or geeky enough site… but I’ve always encouraged folks to dive into code and make their own templates or sidebars. Those are possible in Blogger, but it’s a little too graphical and “easy” in my mind. I need to get over myself, clearly.

Nevertheless, here’s to another few good years of GriffinScience.

2 Replies to “Dogfooding”

  1. …..Because well be using Blogger as a main platform of interaction with the 8th graders next year due to our school Google accounts making that a no-brainer Ive gone ahead and moved GriffinScience from a self-hosted WordPress install to Blogger…Ill also be able to post pictures and videos since I can email them in to Blogger. Ill also be able to text in posts which is pretty nifty you can do the same with your own Blogger pages you know? …Plus if you visit GriffinScience on an iPhone iPod Touch iPad or similar mobile device youll see a mobile friendly interface thats easier to navigate on a smaller touch screen…You shouldnt see much difference except for a few changes in how things look.

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