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Blog Services Outgrow Their Data Centers 153

miller60 writes "The growth of the blogosphere is straining the infrastructure at popular service providers. TypePad is having serious problems again today, the latest in a series of outages and malfunctions as it switches to a larger facility. Bloglines is also apologizing for performance problems, and says it too will move to a larger data center to accommodate growth. There's been no sign of a mass migration from either service. Are bloggers and blog readers willing to accept rocky performance from popular services?"
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Blog Services Outgrow Their Data Centers

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  • by Hulkster ( 722642 ) on Friday December 16, 2005 @07:58PM (#14276524) Homepage
    The submitter asks "Are bloggers and blog readers willing to accept rocky performance from popular services?" so I would answer that with what are the other choices available for the common public?

    Yea, there is Google Blogspot ... but even the big "G" has had performance issues in the past. An option for /. readers is to host a blog on your own site ... but that's not realistic for the average Joe. This stuff is all free, so I think most people are willing to grin and bear and suffer through some outages. Plus I don't think the world is going to end if we are unable to blog for a short while ... ;-)

    P.S. Per my /. username, I did get a chuckle out of this quote from Bloglines - "Bloglines has been busting at the seams like the Incredible Hulk" and yea, getting angry and transforming into a Big Green Monster [] can really wreck your clothing budget.

  • Expression (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Da3vid ( 926771 ) on Friday December 16, 2005 @08:02PM (#14276554)
    It just seems that more and more people are finding a new way to express themselves. This started off just as a trend but has grown like wildfire. This has replaced the use of the diary, and for many people, it also replaces idle chit-chat of catching up on, "So what did you do today?" This leaves a lot of conversation on more focused conversation. As well, it also lets people keep in touch with each other easier than before. I mean, is anyone surprised that these things continue to grow with popularity? It doesn't seem like an unnatural progression to me.

    Are we really surprised? How many people use the Internet on atleast a quasi-regular basis? I'm willing to bet that currently a large percentage either writes or reads a blog (likely both), and that those numbers are going to continue to increase.

  • by Eli Gottlieb ( 917758 ) <> on Friday December 16, 2005 @08:04PM (#14276578) Homepage Journal
    Of course not. They'll give money to the guy who can host their blog with better performance and reliability, perhaps by soliciting donations from readers (like every webpage does). A few new businesses could even open and employ people just to host blogs, at least until the fad dies down. Everybody who invests with intelligence wins.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 16, 2005 @08:06PM (#14276594)
    Agreed. It's a silly question. It's like asking; will bloggers accept the problems that come with growth? Do they have a choice?
  • Yes they will (Score:5, Interesting)

    by kramthegram ( 918152 ) on Friday December 16, 2005 @08:08PM (#14276607)
    Because you're looking at it all wrong, it's not just a service, it's a community. For the Same reasons people won't just let New Orleans go they won't leave these communities at the first sign of trouble. Sociology is a science that needs to be applied to the web more and more...
  • Singularity? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by qualico ( 731143 ) <worldcouchsurfer ... EBSDom minus bsd> on Friday December 16, 2005 @08:08PM (#14276608) Journal
    lol, overgrown blogs services.

    Is that a sign of this?: rity []

    well if that isn't, maybe this is?: rst-mass-producible-quantum-computer-chip.html []
  • Just get hosting (Score:4, Interesting)

    by drakethegreat ( 832715 ) on Friday December 16, 2005 @08:17PM (#14276668) Homepage
    Seriously just spend the 3-5 bucks a month and get some basic hosting. Its worth the cost cause you don't even have to know how to build a site. You can just install the solutions given to you by the host or one you download. I think more people should consider this because I'm less interested in blogs from websites like because it requires just blabbing once a day and nothing else so I tend to think the quality is slightly lower. This may just be in my head but I think this is a really good reason for people consider homebrew blogs.
  • Re:Oh please God. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dada21 ( 163177 ) * <> on Friday December 16, 2005 @08:22PM (#14276710) Homepage Journal
    I will say that at least we slashdotters don't think we're "journalists."

    Yet the word journalist is more apropos for a blogger than a media careerist. Going back to the dawn of the printing press, you see much more emotion and variety until fairly recent times.

    The media now seems locked in with one another. It is all Reuters and UPI regurgitation.

    Bloggers that focus on consistency float to the top. My favorite 5 bloggers offer 80% of the news I read -- some of them are ex-media writers. I also read some blogs just to get a sens of alternate opinions.

    My 5 blogs (2 public, 3 private) replace my e-mail newsletter (2 years running) that replaced my print newsletter (3 years before the e-news). My readership is down 95% as I attempt to transition, but I'm getting a much better view on who is reading and who isn't.

    I'm committed to writing 7 days a week. I already spend 2-3 hours reading links mailed to me, why not set those links up for others with similar ideas? Is my attached opinion wanted by the readers? Only time will tell.
  • by ChicoLance ( 318143 ) * <> on Friday December 16, 2005 @09:04PM (#14276959)

    I see several comments here about paying the $5/month and hosting the site yourself. Makes since to me, and I've been doing that for quite a while now. I've recently starting using blogging software from [] for my personal site [] instead of writing my pages from scratch because it makes it really easy to put up new pictures of the kids. However, I'm not sure how I feel about committing to a particular site like Blogger, even if I do host the site myself, as the blogging community shifts and twists as it grows.

    What software is out there that's easy to set up that's more of a homegrown solution? I know of Moveable Type, but is there something else that the Slashdot crowd uses?

    BTW: Am I the only one who thinks the term "blog" grates on his nerves much like "information superhighway" does?


  • Re:Yes they will (Score:3, Interesting)

    by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Friday December 16, 2005 @09:17PM (#14277024) Journal
    While it may be a community, I think the main thing that prevents most bloggers/journalists from leaving is the fact that they already have a lot invested in their current site.

    I don't know if this has been done already or not, but I imagine that one of the big providers could steal a lot of dissatisfied users from the competition if they made a stupid simple transitioning tool.

    E.G. Type in your username and password, select your old blog/journal and hit enter. Ideally, it'd backdate old entries so it looks like you've been at the new site all along.

    I know that a large part of it is the community, but I don't imagine it would be hard for groups of friends to defect.
  • by timeOday ( 582209 ) on Friday December 16, 2005 @10:28PM (#14277359)
    Do people have a way to migrate their blogs to a new site, even if they wanted to? Do they even provide a way for bloggers to back up their literary masterpieces on their own media?
  • by multipartmixed ( 163409 ) on Saturday December 17, 2005 @01:10AM (#14277993) Homepage
    > Funny thing is, a single drive can take a RAID down.

    Which is why when *I* do RAID for production systems, I run RAID 1+0, with one stripe per enclosure, one enclosure per host bus adapter, and separate hot spare pools for each stripe (co-located within the same enclosure). If I'm running something like Sun A5x00 arrays, I sometimes go even further and use two HBAs per loop and split the array down the middle (which eliminates most single points of failure within the array -- "split loop mode"). The extra cost of the HBA is more than worth the piece of mind (those boxes can hold 22 disks); the mild performance boost is icing on the cake.

    BTW, your comments about one disc taking out the bus also applies to FC_AL... even though it shouldn't. I took have had hot spare "accidents", but have yet not lost any data, nor had a serious outage. Knock on wood. I have even done live drive-replacement on multi-hosted SCSI-II, *non-hotswap* without downtime -- but I had good backups and it still gave me an ulcer (break the mirror, power down the enclosure, cold-swap, power-up, restripe).
  • Re:Oh please God. (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 17, 2005 @03:27AM (#14278412)
    No, it was simply more honest.

    The idea that journalists are unbiased is pure propaganda. It is clear that bias in reporting exists and the notion that this isn't so is dangerous because some significant portion of the population appears to believe it.

    Wouldn't you much rather CBS disclose its bias to you straightforwardly so you could evaluate it honestly? For a filthy rag like Fox News, I suppose, the point is moot: the louder they scream about fair and balanced, the more painfully obvious it is that they aren't. But, this is a matter of degree. Most of the media is trying to pull the wool over our eyes with "fair and balanced" whether or not they are effective at it.

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