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A quick bit of typing in the wrong text entry box has revealed that I'm now in the top 10 results for "Nasu Dengaku" on Google. 

People looking for the Japanese eggplant dish will now find something totally useless to them, a blog about anything but grilled eggplant.

Allow me to remedy that:

Nasu Dengaku is a delicious dish that involves smearing miso sauce all over grilled eggplant.  Here's a recipe.

I originally picked nasu_dengaku when I was thinking this journal would be small and private, with me writing posts to a few close friends and keeping my real name hidden from public view.  Yeah, that changed a while ago.  

I'm again considering blogging on my wordpress site, with auto-copied posts over to livejournal.  The only downsides I'm aware of are that this would split comment discussions across 3 locations (wordpress, livejournal, facebook), and the wordpress livejournal importer is broken enough that I'd have to go in and fix ~100 old entries if I desired my entire blog in one place.

Date: 2011-01-14 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh. That is TASTY. I was not familiar with the dish/name, but it's really hard to go wrong with miso paste... mm. Need to try making that one some time. :)

Date: 2011-01-14 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
jwz went through the livejournal to wordpress migration, and he does the cross-posting.

It's kind of fracturing his commenting audience, but otherwise it seems to be working for him.

He wrote about it a few times:

Date: 2011-01-14 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you're going to make a switch to utilizing WP, I would prompt you to consider going self hosted, as opposed to using their hosted service.

Using is only a slight step up (if any, depending on how you look at it - the migration frustrations, less social commenting, etc.) from using LJ. And honestly, if you're just wanting a new name - then I'd suggest investing the 10 bucks (or whatever they charge these days) to do a LJ user name change.

All depends on what your goals are tho. If you're just looking to continue blogging for friends with the occasional new reader on something not controlled by the Russian mafia, is probably ok. They have default templates and a few plug-ins you can use, as well as its share of limitations.

But if you'd like more control over your blog, be able to program/hack it to do whatever you like, install plug-ins, use more templates (or design your own) - then self hosted is the way to go. And if you're wanting to develop a little bit more of a blogging presence that is taken more seriously (such as for branding, social networking, etc.) - having your own domain name that isn't linked to a service has definite advantages.

It's kinda the difference between having real business cards, or ones with 'VistaPrint' printed on the back (or printed on business card stock from your ink jet printer).

Date: 2011-01-14 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This was one of my favorite dishes until I developed a rather serious allergy to eggplant a couple of years ago. Still lovely to look at, however.


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