The practical upshot of this is when I switched URLs from "www.anamardoll.blogspot.com" to "www.anamardoll.com", my company firewall started preventing me from viewing the site at work. The situation I am now in is that I can access the site dashboard to write / read / edit my posts, and our comment engine Disqus sends me comment notifications to my phone (which always brighten my day, I might add!), but I can't actually post comments myself or reply to existing ones until I get home and off the company network.
I've been holding off changing the URL because:
- I can still view the site on my phone, and I can comment in the evenings when I get home.
- Updating your bookmarks and reader subscriptions are a pain for you guys.
- Any existing URL linkbacks out there will probably be broken if I make the change. Ugh.
- Good grief, I have a custom URL -- I don't want to just dump it.
I've put in an "unblock" request with my company, but I'm not terribly optimistic about the results. I'm wondering if this sort of issue is affecting anyone else -- I know that I have at least three readers at my company (for the record, this is Work Friend #1, Work Friend #2, and Husband) that currently can't access my site for the same reason. I have no way of knowing whether or not the bulk of my 72 Google Reader Subscribers can actually view and comment this site from their day-to-day locations, so I figured I'd ask.
Open thread: please note whether or not you have the ability to view-and-comment on the site on a daily basis, and how much you would hate me if I changed URLs on you over something trivial like me not being able to respond to comments except during the period of 7:13 pm to 9:37 pm every night.
Also: If any of you know some kind of cool web trick that lets me set the blog address back to blogspot BUT fixes #2 by redirecting people automatically to the "corrected" URL (i.e., such that someone looking for "www.anamardoll.com/stupid-metapost" would be automatically shuffled off to "www.anamardoll.blogspot.com/stupid-metapost" please will you take pity on me and let me know how to set this up? Because that would be awesome.