Attention all Decaturish followers: Change is afoot

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 17, 2014

SheldonChangeThis post is directed at readers who follow Decaturish using

There are quite a few of you, about 100 in fact. That’s awesome. I love knowing that you are interested enough in what is publishing that you want an update every time there’s new content.

But there’s something important you need to know.

I’m about to make a big change and that will affect how you receive updates. Within the next few weeks or so (I haven’t picked out a firm date yet) we will be switching everything over to a self-hosted site.

It’s a little technical, but basically this means that users who have followed us through will no longer receive email updates once I make the switch. I’ve looked into the matter, and there’s really no satisfactory way to import all of the followers over to  (I’m highlighting the .org and .com suffixes because a lot of users confuse the two. hosts your site for you, while using means you are hosting your site with another company.)

UPDATE: I did have a reader check in who said there’s a way to import followers that wouldn’t be too painful. I’m still researching it. In the meantime, I figured better to play it safe and let you know that change is coming. One reason I did the post today is we’ve had several new followers in the last 24 hours. I wanted to make sure we were all on the same page.

Why am I switching to, you ask? The big reason is advertising. places a lot of restrictions on how you monetize the site, and working around them is more trouble than it’s worth. I also can’t use Google Adwords on because wants you to use its proprietary data to measure traffic, unique views, etc.  When I make the switch, all of you wonderful users will stop getting updates. Obviously the thought of losing 100 syndicated views gives me a little heartburn.

The good news is there are several ways to follow us when we switch to without using your account.

The best way would be to sign up via our mailing list. This will send you a daily digest of all posts.

To join our mailing list, click here. You will get an email asking you to confirm your subscription. If you don’t receive it, be sure to check your spam filters to make sure it didn’t get stuck there accidentally. (Some email services are more hypersensitive than others.)

If you prefer to get an update every time we post, we automatically update our Twitter feed every time we publish new content.

To connect with us on Twitter, visit

You can also connect with us on Facebook by visiting:

Of course, you can always see new content by visiting on your computer or mobile device.

I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause users. When I realized we had more than 100 followers, I knew that it was time to get the word out about the switch. I’ll try to post this again as I get closer to making the change. If you have any additional questions, please email me at and I will do my best to answer them.

I think you’re going to enjoy the new site. Thank you for reading and for sticking with during this important transition.

About Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt is editor and publisher of

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  • When you make the switch, please do not require a (or .org) login to post comments. 4 out of 5 comments I post never get posted because I have to log in, and I don’t have time to figure out my password and reset it! Though I did it here just so you can read this. There are already worpress plugins you can use to filter out most spam.

  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks D-ish. You kinda lost me on this post. In the words of Miss Prissie, “I don’t know nothin bout no cuz I just type in decaturish and there you is!” More and more, I look forward to seeing what Decatur news is available on your site and less so at that other guy. You can keep me logged in with continued good content but if you start censoring/blocking/moderating my comments, I’m out of here. Keep up the good work and I’ll try to like you on Facebook if I can figure that out.

  • Gang, I am investigating several options for commenting. I will still keep a close eye on comments, because I want discussions here to be civil and I don’t want any of the readers to leave because of some silly argument on the internet. I want to encourage comments that add value to the site. Mr. B, I don’t worry about you too much. You use your real name and make your points in a thoughtful, humorous way. You’re exactly the kind of commenter I want to cultivate here. Anonymous comments get a lot more scrutiny from me. I understand they have a purpose, but they can also create problems that I frankly don’t have time to manage. My focus is going to be providing you an awesome source of news and information. It’s been that way from the beginning. Comments are important, but I don’t want them to become the only reason people read Decaturish.

  • One of the best hosting that I’ve ever got a chance to use is Escalate Hosting. They actually seem like the only hosting to even constantly have a special offer going. Check it out

  • Hi there! I work for and just saw this post. I wanted to drop a note here to let you know that we can assist you in migrating your and email followers to your new site, provided you have installed Jetpack ( Once you have your new site set up, you can contact by sending an email to support (at) (you can put my name in the subject line, so I’ll see it), and I’ll be happy to help you out with this.

    If you have any other questions about migrating your site to a .org installation, or if you’d like to further explore your options should you stay on, feel free to let me know!

  • Jon Burke

    Hi Dan
    I work on WordAds at Not sure that you are clear on how WordAds works but we optimize a number of demand partners, including Google Adsense (you wrote Adwords but I think you meant Adsense).

    We get higher rates from other ad demand sources than Adsense but if you would prefer to just run Adsense we can do that. Just write support @

    • Appreciate the info, Jon. I am reaching out to support on this. One of the most frustrating things about going with has been the conflicting information I’ve found about what I can and cannot do as far as selling ads on the site. I hope one of your representatives can call me so I can get a clearer understanding about what’s going on.

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