This is an interesting moment… since last night I’ve been tinkering with wordpress. I’ve got it installed in a test directory. This afternoon I spent some time moving old posts over to wordpress from my old portal. I’ve got several plugins installed and I look at the stats plugin I setup earlier this afternoon. I only expected to see my visits there (and my Dad’s, and maybe my brothers, I’d sent them links), other than those, I didn’t expect any visits because, well it wasn’t linked from anywhere else on my site. Apparently the power of “ping” is greater than I thought as it seems I’ve got hits from a few sites and on looking, one of my posts is already in the IceRocket blog search

Yikes, I’m used to the concept of search engines taking a bit of time to discover a site that’s new on the web, but apparently there’s a feature off wordpress I’ve not paid close enough attention to. In the configuration there’s a line like this….

Update Services

When you publish a new post, WordPress automatically notifies the following site update services. For more about this, see Update Services on the Codex. Separate multiple service URIs with line breaks. is setup by default. I remember seeing this setting and thinking that given I was not quite ready to promote this to the default site, I should disable it. But I didn’t, expecting a more glacial response. This gives that list of rpc servers I found earlier a much greater significance. I was having a hard time at one point seeing how just one article could generate a flood of traffic, but after seeing a _very_ small example, I’m impressed with the concept. This is going to be an interesting experiment with blogging software. I hope to promote wordpress to be the main layout of within the week.

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