Author Archives: Edward Mitchell

I am investigating returning the SocialPanic blog to this web server

Last summer or fall, I moved the social.coldstreams.com content to hosting on wordpress.com.

I am considering moving it all back to this web server, and having the socialpanic.org URL redirect to this location.

Why?

More people read content on this original, old site, than do on the new web site. It seems that Google search downranks wordpress.com hosted blog sites. Consequently, the large quantity of search traffic that landed at social.coldstreams.com has never shown up at socialcoldstreams.wordpress.com/socialpanic.org.

Second, wordpress.com increased the cost of my hosting by about one-third to where it now costs me half as much to host the single blog on wordpress as I pay for my own virtual server where I can host many web sites.

I originally moved from this web server to wordpress.com hosting because of problems with comment spam, some difficulties (then) in setting up https for this server, and what had then been an intense period of software updates that took up much of my time.

I now have this server running https so that is no longer an issue.

The pace of software updates has slowed down to a manageable level.

That leaves comment spam. I do have several plug ins running that should help reduce that problem.

This transfer is not yet a done deal – but migrating the content from the wordpress.com host back to this server was just done as a test, and it worked.

social.coldstreams.com web site has moved to socialpanic.org

social.coldstreams.com has moved to socialpanic.org

If you previously subscribed to posts by email, you need to re-subscribe at the new web site by clicking on the Follow link in the right most column.

If you read the web site via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or RSS newsfeed you do not need to make any changes. Most old links will either redirect or continue to point to the original content (all content was moved to the new web site but links on other web sites may point to the old content, which remains accessible).

Benefits

  • FASTER page loading
  • SECURE https access prevents prying eyes from snooping on your web travels
  • AUTOMATIC CROSSPOSTS to other social media like Facebook. (I may also add Google+, Twitter and Tumblr.)
  • EASIER to type domain name – socialpanic.org !!!!
  • EASIER updates – no more need for me to do constant software updates, debugging and maintenance.
  • MORE TIME to write posts!

Is this why social media outrage is popular?

This blog has noted that many social media enthusiasts enjoy the culture of perpetual outrage that seems so prevalent there (and elsewhere too).  Here, Theodore Dalrymple suggests that outrage some how gives meaning to otherwise boring lives:

“Outrage is a substitute for religion: It convinces us that our existence has some kind of meaning or significance beyond itself, that is to say beyond the paltry flux of day-to-day existence, especially when that existence is a securely comfortable one. Therefore we go looking for things to be outraged about as anteaters look for ants. Of all emotions, outrage is not only one of the most pleasurable but also one of the most reliable.”

Quoted from Theodore Dalrymple