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How I use Movable Type

Since she asked so nicely, I’m using Movable Type for my personal, nonprofit work on four domains:

Here on, I’ve got two blogs going: the one you’re reading and my sister’s site. And, as you might expect, it’s just us two posting. That fits into the free license nicely.

Over at Ephemera, it’s just me posting to one photoblog. Easy as pie.

On Fray, things get more complicated. We’ve got three blogs there: Storyblog, Event News, and third one that’s not public. It’s the author limit that blows the deal.

Because the Storyblog is a multi-author blog to which all Frayers are invited to participate, and the events are run by people all over, we have a ton of authors. 45 at last count. How many have been active in the last 90 days? A handful. But what happens when Fray Day rolls around and a bunch of them become active again and I add a dozen more? It’s just not feasible for us to use 3.0 like this.

Similar story on City Stories. There are two blogs, one public and one private, and a ton of authors. 30 at last count. Again, it’s central to the concept of the site to have a lot of authors. That’s why I chose Movable Type to power it.

It’s disappointing that I won’t be able to upgrade these multi-author sites to the new version of the tool. Especially when the previous version seemed to encourage this kind of use.

I know no one asked for it, but here’s my opinion: I think Six Apart should change the pricing to allow a personal project to have as many blogs and users as they want for a one-time flat fee. That kind of structure seems more in line with the expectations the tool cultivated up until now.

Related Powazek entries:
» Irony, a definition
» Thank You, Movable Type

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