Tuesday, March 21, 2017

So, yeah, this is happening.


Yeah, I know.

But change is good sometimes.

As you've probably figured out, I have begun migrating my active posting, and some of the other features of this site, to my not-so-new, but now-pretty-active home for all of my hobby stuff:

If those of you who generously link to this site can change your links to the new site, that would be awesome, and hugely appreciated!

I realize that some people who only want to read about trading cards, sports cards or even one type of sports cards may frown on this. Folks who are resistant to change may also frown on this. It's happening, though.

A few reasons for this:

1. I want to be out from under teh Googles wherever possible.

2. I want a little more freedom to write about things that aren't bubble gum cards, but to still keep all my fun hobby stuff in one place that isn't my OTHER other site, because that's just got a completely different vibe to it than what I've been doing for (jeez) 6 1/2 years here, or what I'm doing at the new hotness.

3. I'm actually starting to run into some broken stuff about Blogger's functionality. I've mentioned that I wasn't getting notified about pending comments (comments are definitely working at the new place, by the way), but in the past day or so, I've also had issues with logging in, posting and editing posts, too. They did a revision of the Blogger site recently (New logo on the Blogger dashboard; did you notice?), and some stuff's definitely broken now. That scares me.

4. I'm paying for an extra domain name here. I know a lot of you aren't, and that's fine, but I like to have .coms wherever I can. Call it a quirk. If I'm just at the new site, I have more money to buy cards and other stuff.

5. I would like just a little more separation between my given name and my various hobby activities, just because I am loud on the Internet sometimes, have Opinions, and this occasionally makes awful people get nosy or worse. I used to be really big on splattering "Scott Crawford" all over everything I did when I was younger and still thought fame was a good idea, but not so much anymore.

So, to answer some questions people may have:

1. Yes, this site will stay up on Blogspot for at least a while. When the .com stops working, sometime in November, it can be reached at scottcrawfordoncards.blogspot.com. Bookmark it now, if you like. It's tested and working. It'll redirect to the .com for the time being, and then it won't toward the end of the year. If you want to be able to get to this site easily in your bookmarks, change the bookmark now, while I'm telling you about this.

2. Yes, I can still be reached at the email address that is currently in the top right hand corner of this site. That'll work, again, at least for a while. scott@ineednewhobbies.com is what I'm using for the new site. If you want to start using that, that'd be cool, too. I have no idea why I didn't set up an email address for scottcrawfordoncards.com, but I didn't, and I'm kinda relieved, because emails from people who have my old address from here won't bounce now, at least not for a while.

3. Nope, I'm not leaving the hobby or stopping my writing about cards. Wrote something today, in fact! I've also been a pretty active trader lately, as I'm trying to tie up long-in-gestation deals, and have had a few new ones pop up, as well. I'm not buying as much new product as I once was, but I've got something like 50,000 duplicate cards, and I find new old stuff at flea markets all the time, so trust me, I've got my hands full, and should for quite a while if all goes well.

4. Yes, I am going to SLOWLY try to migrate my old posts from here over to the new site, at least the ones that are good and still relevant. Good things happened here, and I want that stuff preserved for posterity, to the best of my ability to do so. The trick is that I want to host all the images on the new site, rather than using Google's space (whenever possible, try to host your own content, people, even if you're paying for it to be hosted somewhere; "free" really isn't free, and you're at the mercy of your sometimes-not-so-benevolent benefactors when you're on a free site), and as you can probably figure out, there are a LOT of images to migrate. I haven't counted lately, but it's 654 posts x however many images I used in each. That's gonna be a project for a lot of late nights. Stay tuned.

5. Whenever I remember to, I will post links to card-related stuff from the new site on this site. There's also a subscription by email form at the top of the new site, and my RSS feed works there, as well, so you've totally got ways to keep up.

6.  For Twitter, as I've been using this for a while now, PLEASE follow and respond to @ineednewhobbies for card and hobby stuff, rather than @scottcrawford. Again, trying to separate the hobby stuff and the rest of my life a little bit.

7. If I think of other stuff, I'll mention it on here or on the other site. You're also free to ask any questions you may have about the migration!

I'm really grateful for all the fun we've had at this site. We've made great trades, been all kinds of goofy, gotten through a serious moment or two together, and I'm very glad I decided to create this thing. It's been quieter here over the past few years (Life has kept me very busy for the past 3), but you and I, we've been at this for 6 1/2 years, and that's not counting the couple of years between my finding and establishing contact with Ben Henry and deciding to do a site of my own. If we're going there, we're at a decade.

This should be said, since I mentioned him: I owe a debt of gratitude to the lot of you for being great people and good traders and good listeners, even, but this whole hobby, or our corner of it anyway, owes a huge, huge debt to Ben, who pretty much single-handedly brought us all together.

I also realize that I'm taking a big leap of faith, walking away from over a quarter million visits, with this site still getting thousands of visitors per month (even if I'm sure a lot of them are robots from Russia, there are plenty of people still reading, going by my email, the response on Twitter and so forth), but I'm hoping you'll come along for the ride, and we'll have a bunch more fun at the new place.

Remember, that address is:

I hope you'll join me there.

Thanks again for everything, y'all.


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