FINALLY after missing in action for more than half a year, I'm back to blogging! And this time, I'm using SteemPress! I've been mulling too long about whether I should use SteemPress. To be honest, I see more cons than positives when it comes to blogging with SteemPress and the Steem platform.
Specifically with SteemPress, my main gripe is that I can't specify that my actual self-owned WordPress blog is where all the canonical posts should be, and avoid from being tagged as duplicates by Google and other search engines. With Steem in particular, admit it-- the fact that I don't have personal control over the blockchain means that the content isn't solely mine to control; what if one day the Steem blockchain decides to collapse, bringing all the data down with them? With my own blog, at least I've already done secure multiple backups across the cloud.
Source. Google has a pretty sophisticated way of rendering HTML to identify which indexed content is original.
One HUGE benefit that I see with using SteemPress, though, is in the post scheduling. Since it is built as part of WordPress, naturally the publishing status into Steemit will also follow what is set in my WordPress editor. That is a major help, especially seeing that none of the Steemit editing platforms has this support. Busy.org comes close to being able to save drafts, but that's about it.
Additionally, I finally figured out how to post with WordPress without messing with my existing posts and its SEO at WebGrrrl.net. The solution: set SteemPress on a separate WordPress installation from the main site! Hahaha, it sounded ridiculous and tedious to me at first, but then I quickly reminded myself that I'm running on a multisite WordPress installation, so getting a new WordPress site up is easy peasy!
Source. It's just a matter of re-using the same WordPress installation without touching its content. Perfect.
So yay, everything worked out in the end!
For this post, I'm going to immediately publish this and right away monitor my Steemit blog. Fingers crossed, hope everything is smooth <3
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