Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

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Kurt does Xanga

Posted 1 August 2005

I finally decided that it would be appropriate to link to Frederick's blog, even though he uses Xanga. Further, I decided to do some username-squatting, so I'm now the disgruntled owner of the Xanga username "kurtmckee". The joke's on Xanga, though -- I modified my Xanga page so that people will automatically be redirected to this site.

To all you Xanga users, I realize you don't know any better, but so help me, if I get comments like "I'm glad you got a Xanga", as if the word "Xanga" is functionally equivalent to the word "blog", I'll totally freak out!

UPDATE

I've been asked how I'm performing the redirect -- the gist of it is that I insert the following code as a custom header in the Look and Feel section of my Xanga account preferences:


Because it's Javascript (as opposed to using an HTML meta redirect), it doesn't break the Back button in the browser, and your readers won't see what's happening. I'm using the same approach for my Blogger account (again, it's "kurtmckee").

I got the code from a post over at Pacified Embitterment, so be sure to read his excellent rant against Xanga and check the comments for more info on the redirect.