Another One Bites the Dust?

Posted: 2009-04-13 in General
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So yet another of my Vox neighbors has decided that the crap Vox and SixApart has forced us all to deal with lately for the last 6 months or so is not worth the benefits of sticking with the Vox community.  He's going to be missed, but at least he'll be blogging elsewhere, so you can keep up with his posts, if you are so inclined.

One of the main reasons I first joined up with Vox was for the community aspects.  I had heard interesting things about the varying privacy levels of posts, photos, and media, and when I came and checked it out and saw all the connections and communication that were driven by the Vox neighborhoods, dashboards, etc., I jumped on board.  I got a great kick out of being able to quickly and easily take a look at all of my neighbors' posts, comments, photos, etc., and join in on some conversations and easily share my own posts with others in my neighborhood.  However, as the number of folks in my neighborhood grew, the means of interacting with them through Vox's interfaces seemed to shrink, until now I find it a pain to try to keep abreast of even the most prolific writers in my neighborhood unless I read their posts in my RSS reader.  Only occasionally do I venture onto the site and navigate the blank screens and laggy loads to seek out the neighborhood-only posts from those I haven't heard from in a while.

For the moment, I'm still sticking around here.  I haven't posted a lot recently because of my busy work/home schedules, but that also has the quasi-beneficial side effect of not allowing me to get too pissed off with Vox (yet) to want to ditch the buggy servers for another service (or my own personally-hosted site).  I can see such a move coming, however, if things don't improve here when I do end up having more time to write.

I'm still working on my Vox export tool to allow someone to back up (export) their entire public blog archive to an .xml file that can be imported into a WordPress/Blogger blog.  I doubt it'll be the web tool that will cause a full-scale diaspora of Vox users to other utilities, but hopefully it'll be useful for the more-than-a-few folks who are abandoning ship for another service that appears a bit more stable and still appears to be trying to innovate, rather than just grab all the advertising money it can while it's still afloat.

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  1. "I'm still working on my Vox export tool to allow someone to back up
    (export) their entire public blog archive to an .xml file that can be
    imported into a WordPress/Blogger blog."That would be awesomeness. 🙂 I'm still here too, mainly because I have no where else to go.

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  2. Kevin Wolf says:

    The problem for me is that the community aspects were always secondary in importance to the ease of blogging. Now that the slow-ass servers and buggy blogging interface have made posting a pain, it's better for me to go elsewhere and just check back on my old neighbors from time to time.

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  3. Steve Betz says:

    Your script to export old posts is a great idea, Ross. It's one of those niggling things in the back of my head — how BUMMED I would be if vox went away and hadn't given us time to export.

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  4. Ross says:

    In the meantime, you can use BlogBackupOnline (see my previous post on it here) to make sure you'll have a backup if your blog somehow got deleted. I've got another not-so-hot backup solution I found when researching my export tool that I'll be sharing later this week – not a user-friendly or inherently useful tool, but it does provide some measure of protection for a backup capability.Exporting from these, on the other hand, would be a nightmare. Essentially, you'd still be copying/pasting from your backup to a new location where you would post your blog entries. I'm hoping to fix all that by just providing an RSS-like file that the big blog machines understand how to import from, saving you from doing any work. Currently I'm dealing with the headaches of making sure I capture all the entries – next comes how to deal with some of Vox's wonky formatting within posts. I'm sure I'll break a couple things before I'm done and satisfied that it's ready for mass consumption.

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  5. crankypants says:

    Ross, I wish they would just hire you to fix their shit!!
    It sucks that so many people are leaving or making their main blog somewhere else. The community is what keeps me here. I don't really have too many posting issues but I know the formatting for posting could be much better (the photo thing drives me crazy) and I don't know nothing bout birthing no babies. I mean, I don't know nothing bout nothing.

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  6. Ross says:

    Heh, I WISH I knew enough about what the SA folks are doing to help fix their shit, but I have nowhere near the technical know-how to do so – I'm just a dabbler when it comes to coding and programming – I dip my toe into the pool here and there where I have an interest and see a need, but full-scale solutions are definitely beyond my capabilities.I had to try re-loading vox.com three times this morning just to get the page to load so I could see if anyone had posted new posts. When it finally did load, it took longer to load an individual Vox user's post than it did to boot up my computer this morning. That's ridiculous.

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  7. maura_ea says:

    I love Vox, but I hate how they've basically deemed Vox "COMPLETE" and left it high and dry. I don't have any problems posting (but I've been here for a long time so I know all the "fixes") and I love my neighborhood and admit they're the only ones that keep me here aside from not wanting to leave my blog which I've invested so much time into.

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  8. Cath says:

    I am so waiting for you vox export tool to back up my vox blog. I'm a bit out of the loop, community-wise, around vox, but even I've noticed that the powers that be at SA seem to have completely forgotten about us, and I've been waiting for the announcement that we have 24 hours to get our stuff and move on… or not even that much notice. :-/

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  9. Ross says:

    Great, I'll keep everyone posted as things progress. Next week I'll have a post about a couple of ways to simply back up your blog (which is always a good idea). They aren't full-scale "export to another blogging platform" solutions, but they'll make sure you at least have a copy of your posts for future reference if the situation you mentioned ever happened.

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  10. lazywong says:

    rejoice people … wordpress now does automatic Vox import,a wrote a post about the whole process

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