* Looking through the drafts folder and found this. Why didn’t I post it two months ago? Who knows?
Someone contacted me through Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog, which is hosted on the free blogging platform wordpress.com:
I stumbled upon your WordPress blog several days ago. I have noticed that you are not posting to your blog regularly anymore and have not posted to it in a long time. In light of this I was wondering if you might be interested in selling it.
If I did purchase it I would be want to keep everything exactly as you have it on the site. I would only add new subpages with new posts.
Please get back to me and let me know either way.
Now it’s true – I haven’t written a post over there for quite some time*, but that’s largely because it’s Feminism 101 – it’s not meant to cover every single feminist issue, just the basic principles and concepts. The comments threads to various posts are still active, anyway so the blog is not entirely moribund.
It sounds as if he means selling him both the domain name and the content. I suspect that this is a generic email autoposted to lots of blogs that haven’t been updated for a while, but if that’s the case why include wordpress.com blogs in the net in the first place?
- I very much doubt that the TOS for wordpress.com allows one to onsell a domain name that they have allowed one to generate and use for free. Any “sale” would have be on the QT, and probably not legally binding.
- What on earth is in it for him?
* The TOS for wordpress.com expressly forbid advertising to be carried on their freehost sites (you have to pay for premium hosting for that) – they have disabled certain types of code especially in order that the most common forms of webads cannot be inserted. One can get away with a link to an online store hosted elsewhere, but that’s about it.
* So is he just going to put loads of links on these subpages i.e. turn the site into a splog? Seems an odd way to put together a link farm from the SEO perspective – subpages don’t get the highest ranking, nothing compared to the ranking that freshly updated posts receive. So is that just a lie?
- Why not a link to an online presence where I might be able to evaluate this person’s oeuvre? Why on earth would anyone with a special purpose blog with an activist bent be willing to sell it to just anyone without some sort of bona fides upfront to tempt one to click on the Reply button?
Anyway, that’s why I’ve posted a response here instead of replying via email. No way I want my email addy landing on his spammers’ lists.
* True at the time, I had a positive frenzy last week and put up three of Liss’s crossposted Feminism 101 Shakesville op-eds.
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