Frazzle Dazzle!

Anyone else losing sleep knowing that Christmas is next week? I still have so much to do before next Wednesday that I have been waking up in the middle of the night remembering things that I forgot to add to my to-do list. Thank goodness I have little note pads all over my house for this very reason!

Though I am a little frazzled, I am really looking forward to Christmas,. Not only to spend time with the family, but also because I don't have to return to work until 2010! A whole week off! I am super excited about that.

One of the things I am going to do while I am on my Christmas vacation is to search around for another blog host. I am becoming extremely unhappy with Blogger and the amount of spam that I am receiving. The worst part is that the spam actually looks like someone has read my post and is commenting on it. Unfortunately, they are also including disgusting links to their comments. I am not sure if it is one person or several, but I have had it with him/her/them!

I have really enjoyed Blogger, especially the ease of blogging and designing, but the spam has gotten way out of control.

I really don't want to spend any money on my blog, but I am afraid I am not going to be able to have a free blog anymore. I am weighing the options and have narrowed it down to two blogging sites: and Typepad.

I used to blog on Typepad and I loved it, but they are pretty pricey $14.95 a month (that is pricey for me). The $14.95 blog allows for your own design, which is definitely something that I need, but I am not sure I want to spend that much for my blog. is completely different. They offer a free download of their software, but require you to find a host for your blog. This cost is around $6.00-$12.00 a month. It is cheaper than Typepad, but I have absolutely no idea how complicated it is.

I'd love to hear what you all think, especially if you use either of these sites. Is the site easy to use? Do you receive any spam? Is designing easy? Can you post date your posts?

The good news is that, I believe, both of these sites will allow me to transfer my Blogger blog directly to it. I am happy about that. I would hate to lose all of my posts!
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Don't forget to place your vote for my 2010 crochet project. The cardigans are leading the voting, so it looks like I'll be crocheting my first piece of clothing. I'm excited, but a little frightened too. Eek, sleeves!!!


  1. Before you go through all the hassle of switching blog hosts, have you tried these settings?

    - limiting comments to registered users or blog members only
    - turning on comment moderation (comments are not published until you approve them)

    I totally understand the frustration with spammers. They don't seem to understand that I don't have a penis! ;-)

    I know a lot of people that use the free version of Wordpress and are fairly happy with it. The only main drawback is that a lot of universal widgets don't work on their blogs. Good luck with whatever you decide!

  2. What?! NEXT week?! Did you say, Next Week? I didn't even get to read the rest of your post. Gotta run. I still have gifts to finish! DANG!

  3. Those are great suggestions, Julia. I'd hate to see you have to pay for your blog, Missie. But, good luck with whatever you decide. I have only had a couple of instances of spam on my blog.