June 10, 2011

When will this blog move out of Blogger onto the independent website at althou.se?

You may be wondering. We're ready to go except for the project of uploading all the old posts and comments onto the new Althouse. (The blog will still be called Althouse. It's just the URL that's changing to althou.se — instead of althouse.blogspot.com.)

Here's what's taking some time. I'm not just starting on a new site and leaving the old posts and comments back here. It will all be over there (and the old stuff will remain here too).  The Althouse blog will remain a single, unified opus at the new site. You'll be able to search, click on tags, and browse the archive and get everything all the way back to January 14, 2004, the day this blog began.

At this point in the process of exporting the blog, the great people who are doing all the technical work for me have done nearly all the posts, but there are a whole lot more comments to go. They've exported 23,549 out of 23,599 post, but only 15,262 out of 989,369 comments. It's a big deal to move that much stuff, but moving it all is important to me. Not just the posts, but also the comments. We could go to the new blog much more quickly if I exported only the posts, and preserved the posts with the comments Blogger site, but I don't want that. There are tons of wonderful comments, and they're all coming with me to "Sweden." I'm not going without them. Which means we can't go live until next week.

Isn't it cool that there are nearly 1 million comments on this blog? I wonder what the best comment of all time. The most momentous one for me is: "Meade, this is HUGE! Meade....?" (Explained here.)

I think I will be able to identify the millionth comment, by the way, so keep commenting.

73 comments:

BT said...

First!!! oops I mean Millionth!!!!!

gerry said...

Hmmm. I feel like I should stop posting to reduce your workload. ;)

rdkraus said...

Wait a minute.

There has GOT to be a prize for the millionth shopper, I mean comment.

Really.

You should take suggestions.

Think how it would drive your traffic.

garage mahal said...

Only fitting it should be me!

MadisonMan said...

Does knox have a tag?

phx said...

If it helps you don't have to bring my old comments.

Lem said...

If it helps you don't have to bring my old comments.

AA is not like AA that way ;)

AllenS said...

I wonder how many comments I've made. Also, what was my first comment about. Maybe we should leave some of then behind. Do we get to pick and choose?

Ann Althouse said...

Here is Knox's tag.

Patrick said...

Althouse & Meade, I had never read that article before. Sweet story.

Chip S. said...

Just don't install a comment-meter, unless you want about a hundred nearly-simultaneous posts saying "Do I win?" once the meter hits 999,950.

It would be cool, though, if your techies could install a widget that would trigger virtual fireworks when the millionth comment is posted.

Ann Althouse said...

The trouble with stirring up excitement about the millionth comment is that people will write a whole lot of short, insignificant comments -- like "Millionth!!!!" — and it will end up being something boring by someone who wrote multiple comments.

john said...

So what's wrong with short insignificant comments?

AllenS said...

Well, for some of us who have a hard time stringing more than a couple of words together, what else is there?

Scott M said...

Don't narrow it down to one, over-arching comment of all time (so far). Go for a top ten. Then maybe list top ten commentators by posts. Some forums track that automatically for you.

Finally, open up a commentator-selected top ten commentators based on commentator votes.

I'm a little leary of the registration issue though. Given a small community like ours, one would hope to be able to hold on to one's nom de plume without suffering cyber mischief. Simply given name and email each time opens it up to all kinds of sideways crap.

Scott M said...

So what's wrong with short insignificant comments?

HOWARD JOHNSON IS RIGHT!!!

phx said...

More koans. Less comments.

phx said...

I like the idea of a computer generated composite representative comment. Like they do with people's faces.

Original Mike said...

Is

Original Mike said...

this

Coketown said...

Is there a prize for millionth comment? Like how Apple gives prizes for billion iTunes track downloaded, or billionth app downloaded, etc.

We'd hit a million a lot sooner if you restricted posts to: birtherism, abortion, race relations, and unions. Those tend to generate 200+ comments.

Original Mike said...

the

Original Mike said...

1M

Original Mike said...

post

Original Mike said...

?

Original Mike said...

Damn WV.

phx said...

Coketown: A couple of good Sarah Palin posts and we're over.

Chip S. said...

We'd hit a million a lot sooner if you restricted posts to: birtherism, abortion, race relations, and unions. Those tend to generate 200+ comments.

Just go all-Palin and get to 1M before the transition.

Mr. Bingley said...

I love how y'all got together.

It's very very sweet.

Issob Morocco said...

I think everyone's mind goes to Rep. Weiner when they read "Meade, this is HUGE!"

phx said...

If mine is the millionth post I would personally prefer my winnings in lump sum rather than annual payouts.

EDH said...

I'm thinking something involving Rip Taylor and confetti.

On second thought, that'll just get Titus commenting more.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Chip S. said...

I think everyone's mind goes to Rep. Weiner when they read "Meade, this is HUGE!"

No, I never took that as a nasal reference.

Phil 3:14 said...

The Althouse blog will remain a single, unified opus

That sounds a wee bit over the top.

For the millionith comment you should give away a portfolio of your photos

or a landscape design by Meade

or some Morels

or an elevating desk

(which reminds me of that line from "Young Frankenstein", "Elevate me")

Carol_Herman said...

Don't go.

I know you and Meade are angry. But it's on par with cutting off your nose to spite your face.

You leave "Althouse" ... and the value of the old name goes up considerably to a porn shop.

Of course, no one would stop you from having BOTH! Work it like a mirror. That way people can "traffic" ... and a porn shop will not.

Scott M said...

"Elevate me"

Timeless.

edutcher said...

Yes, all in one place is a very good idea, especially since Blogger hasn't proven itself to be entirely trustworthy.

And you should be very proud about 1,000,000, Madame.

Ann Althouse said

The most momentous one for me is: "Meade, this is HUGE! Meade....?" (Explained here.)

I would have thought it might have been, "Althouse said, 'Yes'. I'm the happiest man in the world!".

But, then, my most cherished memory of The Blonde is not when she agreed to tie the knot.

Ann Althouse said...

"I would have thought it might have been, "Althouse said, 'Yes'. I'm the happiest man in the world!"."

No. If I had to pick one of Meade's, it would more likely be the time he put on the green pants.

The Crack Emcee said...

Ann,

How much is this costing you? I want to do the same, but it's me over here, and have to wait until I get the money.

Lincolntf said...

Heh, remember the "co-bithdayist" thread? You guys had your first kiss on my B-day. I'll categorize that as better than sharing the day with Bess Truman, but you'll probably have to squeeze out some puppies to pass the prestige factor of Peter Tork.

Philip said...

Who's hosting althou.se? Seems quite slow at the moment.

Robert said...

In a phone interview, Ms. Althouse shot back, “If a male blogger found women to consort with by going into his comments, I think he’d be congratulated.”


Um, isn't that how Weiner used FB and Twitter to hook up (so to speak)?

Just sayin'.

edutcher said...

Ann Althouse said...

"I would have thought it might have been, "Althouse said, 'Yes'. I'm the happiest man in the world!"."

No. If I had to pick one of Meade's, it would more likely be the time he put on the green pants.


As I noted above, it's not always the seemingly obvious one.

Patrick said...

I'm more curious about what the millionth comment wv will be as opposed to who actually posts it. I think the prize should be lifetime free access to whatever the Prof. decides the Premium Access stuff is.

Trooper York said...

Ann Althouse said...
No. If I had to pick one of Meade's, it would more likely be the time he put on the green pants.


Shouldn't it be the first time he took off his green pants. Just sayn'

Trooper York said...

Robert said....
Um, isn't that how Weiner used FB and Twitter to hook up (so to speak)?

Just sayin'.

But the Weenie was supposedlly married at the time. Doesn't that mean anything to you libs? Just sayn'

galdosiana said...

Who's hosting althou.se? Seems quite slow at the moment.

How can you tell? All I see when I visit is a large logo that says "althouse"...

SteveR said...

I remember the slow climb to one million page views, way back when (when "Knox" was Knoxgirl"). Hopefully you will have a way to indicate your combined views.

Ann Althouse said...

"How much is this costing you? I want to do the same, but it's me over here, and have to wait until I get the money."

It's pretty expensive, but it will also increase the income from ads. I will be able to pay for things out of the ad income and still make more money because of the better system of ads. But ad income is dependent on traffic, and my traffic is pretty high. I will come out ahead.

Scott M said...

I will come out ahead.

More Weiner references? I thought he was poverty-stricken so we all had to take pity...

Patrick said...

Maybe you should just repeat the Meade, this is huge comment to the millionth.

Trooper York said...

"Ann Althouse said.....
But ad income is dependent on traffic, and my traffic is pretty high. I will come out ahead."


Really.

Well maybe some of your stellar commenters who drive traffic through their witty comments might deserve some small renumeration.

I mean you can get Garage Mahal some road kill for his freezer.

Original Mike could use a new cheesehead.

Shouting Thomas needs a date with a fresh Filipina.

Titus needs some curry powder to pour on his husband.

And Jeremy needs someone to teabag him since he is so obsessed with it.

I mean it is only fair since you are cleaning up do to their efforts.

Oligonicella said...

"It will all be over there (and the old stuff will remain here too)."

You should not count on that second part. Do you have a contact guaranteeing an unused blog will remain?

george said...

If the millionth commenter is a male the obvious prize would be a pair of short pants. Not sure what the female version should be though if you go in that direction. Maybe Meade could tweet at them in an entirely inappropriate fashion.

Phil 3:14 said...

Well maybe some of your stellar commenters who drive traffic through their witty comments might deserve some small renumeration.

C'mon Tropper I'm sure the "plus size" game is doing well by you.

But if you were the millionith I'm sure you'd love the complete "Bewitched" or "I Dream of Jeanie" collection, with maybe a signed Joey Hetherton photo?

Or do you have all of that already.

And maybe the Professor could throw in a Packer jersey.

ampersand said...

It would be cool, though, if your techies could install a widget that would trigger virtual fireworks when the millionth comment is posted.

Have you ever seen this?


Lady Liberty

Trooper York said...

Oh I don't need anything Phil. I have everything I want.

It is the other poor suckers that post here that should get a little bakeesh if you know what I mean.

I mean nobody posts as much per capita as Lem after a few Bacardi Limon's. So I think the Professor should spring for a couple of cases for his late night forays when he posts about 600 comments on a thread.

Trooper York said...

Plus I already have my authographed Joey Heatherton album cover.

Chip S. said...

I didn't notice an autograph on that pic. Even after zooming in.

Not really a drawback, though.

Chip S. said...

Lem's just playing the exciting new drinking game, Have a Bacardi every time the Red Sox beat the Yankees. Not clear that his liver will last the season.

Trooper York said...

The seasons young dude. The last time the Sox dominated the season series is the last time the Yankees won the whole magilla.

As an alternative door prize we can Big Papi email you a photo of his junk.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Chip S. said...

The season is about the only thing that's young for the Yankees.

Trooper York said...

Now, now Chip don't underestimate the Power of the Evil Empire. Wait until the trading deadline when we see what the final roster will look like.

This is just foreplay.

Chip S. said...

I know. Are you guys waiting unitl DJ gets to 3K before acquiring Reyes?

Trooper York said...

The Yankees will never take Reyes on the team.

Mets=losers.

You never do well taking a loser on your team.

Chip S. said...

David Cone worked out pretty well for you. Maybe it was the detox stint in Canada.

Trooper York said...

Nah. It was the fact that his teamates molested his girlfriend.

The Yankees always do good with the victims or perps in sex crimes.

David Cone. Dwight Gooden. Luis Polonia. Joe Pepitone. Joe Diamaggio.

Maybe they should give Weiner a try out.

Jason (the commenter) said...

I just noticed: Althouse (the blog) looks AMAZING on a mobile device.

Ann Althouse said...

"I just noticed: Althouse (the blog) looks AMAZING on a mobile device."

That's a new feature on Blogger. Anyone with a Blogger blog can get that. It just started today.

The new blog will adapt to different devices really well, but I haven't seen how it looks yet.

Meade said...

"No. If I had to pick one of Meade's, it would more likely be the time he put on the green pants"

Wait a minute. What? Are you telling me that pic I sent you as a Direct Message somehow got on my PUBLIC Twitter feed? How could something like that happen?

Fab Forty said...

I adored the Althouse & Meade story. Truly delightful.

marylynn said...

I've only been hanging out here for a year or so, so didnt know the whole Meade and AA story. Really really heartwarming, and sweet. Hope i meet you two someday. Although the way i have come to avoid Madison like the plague not very likely ...

Ann Althouse said...

Turned off that mobile feature actually.