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Monday, March 19, 2007

LR Wants YOUR Opinion

La Russophobe has finalized a draft for the design of the blog on the server. Click here to see it. As previously noted, this blog was created to backup the content of this blog on a different server and all of the archives have been uploaded for this purpose -- but it could just as easily become the primary blog, with current content being posted there rather than here. LR really doesn't care where to place her content, so she might as well accommodate her readrs.

So LR would like YOUR opinion: Should she move the current content Wordpress, or stay here on

There are really only two factors for you to consider: (1) The Wordpress blog looks nothing like this one. Which one do you prefer to look at? Which one makes the content easier to view and access? (2) There's a tradeoff: Wordpress allows posts with "jump" pages, meaning only part of long posts has to be displayed on the home page. This means less scrolling, and LR publishes lots of long pages, so it could be a big benefit. On Blogger, the whole post has to be displayed on the home page, which means more scrolling. However, for security reasons (Wordpress is a very hard target), Wordpress doesn't allow embedding of YouTube video screens (or any other interactive content, such as polls like the one below). If LR moves to Wordpress, she can only link you to YouTube videos of interest and poll pages, not show them to you directly.

So what do you think? Should LR move to Wordpress, or stay here on Blogger? Vote now.

Should La Russophobe remain on Blogger or move to Wordpress?
Stay at Blogger
Move to Wordpress
Free polls from
If you think the Wordpress design could be improved, we'd love to hear from you in the comments section.


Anonymous said...

You are referring to Why not move to and you'll be free to put as many embed codes into your posts as you'd like. Hell, why not buy the domain to go with your new blog?

Sergey Romanov said...

"On Blogger, the whole post has to be displayed on the home page, which means more scrolling."

This is simply not correct.


La Russophobe said...

ANON: We've requested that you not leave comments labeled "anonymous." Please honor our request in future and give yourself a unique name. Are you volunteering to pay for our membership in

SERGEY: That's interesting! What template are you using? Our template gives no such option, and we've seen a recent poll on blogger asking whether they should add this feature, so we're a bit confused. Please provide more detailed information about how you manage to split your posts.

Sergey Romanov said...

You need to use classic template.
You must insert this into template:

span.fullpost {display:none;}

span.fullpost {display:inline;}

somewhere inside the style tag.

Then, inside any posting, something to this effect:


this text can be seen

[a href=""]Read more![/a]

[span class="fullpost"]
the rest of the text is hidden

Then you edit posting to insert the link to it inside itself (into href).

(Square brackets above -> angle brackets.)

La Russophobe said...

SERGEY: Thanks for the tip, but that seems like quite a lot of trouble. not only would we have to change the design but we'd have to go around posting HTML code into posts and that's a lot of trouble when, as we do, you post many times each day. On wordpress, all you have to do is post a button. So jump-posting is pretty much functionally unavailable on blogger it seems. You seem to be a lot more sophisitcated than the average blogger (like us), which is impressive.

End_of_Eternity said...

As regular reader, I would prefer if LR stayed on blogger. IMHO, Wordpress might be a better solution if you have your own domain.

La Russophobe said...

ETERNITY: Thanks for the feedback. Can you tell us what exactly it is about the blogger format that you prefer? As of right now the voting is running 2-1 against wordpress so you don't have anything to worry about.