Dr Lord Bookstooge Has Been Subsumed

Yes, this sad day has finally arrived. Dr Lord Bookstooge is no more. After #wordpress.com began Whoring Us Out, I’m sure you all realized this day would come too. I also realize it has been a mere 10 days since I wrote about it and maybe I’m over reacting. In that 10 days, I’ve seen more of the damnably evil “native sponsored posts” on active users blogs and I don’t want that on my site, period. I will do what I think is necessary to prevent that. Hence this post giving you all the heads up.

I have gone Dotcom. In my defense, I did use the promo code “FLASH50INSTANT” at checkout so I saved 50% for this year. I don’t know how long that code will last but I am thankful it worked for me. I have been using free blogs (blogspot since ’05 and wordpress since ’13) for years but the cost of free has become too high for me.

This is exactly the outcome WP had in mind when they started those NSP’s and it makes me feel dirty, used and manipulated to do this. But the other choice was to stop blogging. I don’t have the “oomph” to fight the fight of blogging on dotorg and as I’ve mentioned before, I like the security and comfort of the ecosystem here at WPdotcom. So here my butt remains. Plus, my Blogging Project has pretty much nailed me down here.

To commemorate this momentous occasion, not to qualify that with a rejoicing or crying, I have put away such childish names as Doctor and Lord. Today, before your amazed eyes, of which you can tell your children and grandchildren about, The Bookstooge was reborn!

if you notice anything hinky, let me know. The Incredible Bookstooge (you won’t like me when I’m angry) doesn’t like hinky and wants it dealt with promptly. Thanks.

77 thoughts on “Dr Lord Bookstooge Has Been Subsumed

    1. Hinky = weird
      Hopefully, beyond no ads on my site, readers shouldn’t notice anything.
      No Refunds! At least not for you. Your refund priviledges have been revoked.
      I will not rule out being called Bookstodge. If Poe can be misnamed, then someone as great as I can be too.


        1. I actually paid extra myself so that only YOUR ip address would see that. I wanted your experience with The Bookstooge to be extra special and since I know you love Lucky Charms and hold the Leprechaun franchise in the warmest regards, it was totally worth it for a friend.

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            1. Please refer to my previous comment where it was clearly stated that your Refund Privileges had been revoked.

              However, for a very nominal fee, we can upgrade your status which will allow you to talk to a real person and discuss, at length, your refund privilege status with an eye at reinstating them. But hurry, this has been a popular upgrade and space is limited.

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                    1. 1 million sardines per ad. Or 1 energy drink a day for a year. Or a trailer truck’s worth of uncut coke. Or you post a video of yourself watching the Leprechaun movies while eating a bowl of Lucky Charms. Your choice….

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                    2. THAT happened during the Black Plague in 1492.
                      It’s easy to see how you can get the 2 situations mixed up though. Don’t feel bad, it happens to the belgians all the time in the EU parliament.

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                    3. Of course he wasn’t alive then. He died right before it. The black plague was what did Wilkie in!

                      How much boom rave does that equate to, in terms of trailerloads of coke?


    1. I have to admit, I am hoping that there is nothing to report. By the end of February I should have a good handle on any changes 😀

      I’ll definitely keep people updated. What WP has done with the NSP’s still gets me upset!

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  1. I dont see ads when using mobile, neither do i notice it on my post. I dont even know what to look for… congratulations on dot comming. I hope you will be spared from any hinkyness in the coming years

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    1. I don’t think you’ll ever see ads if you just go to specific posts by someone. But if you browse their site (like if you’re deciding if you want to follow a new person) man, it can get intrusive.

      Thanks man! I’m hoping this is seamless and problem free.

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        1. Hahahaha! I LOVE that expression! In America it has always been “keep my fingers crossed” and so when I came to WP and started getting the international flavor, it took me a while to get what in the world people were talking about with the thumbs thing. But now? I like it! 😀

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  2. Well, I am not happy to pay, as a rule, as I believe my bank account is the perfect place for my money, but… we got too used to getting stuff for free on the internet. And, as various providers need money to provide their services – and to pay for they bread and beer – we became the marketable commodity for companies that give us ‘free’ services. I’m angry at WP for their shitty new interface, but I’m resigned to paying them some $ each year.

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    1. Yeah, don’t get me wrong, this is NOT a happy occasion. But it was made palatable by the coupon code.
      Do you know, can you take advantage of coupon codes when the time comes to renew everything? I’m always on the lookout for cheap options.

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  3. I can confirm there weren’t any ads in the e-mail notification received about this post. I barely noticed them when they were there anyway, but I think if at any point we see ads even after you’ve started paying for dotcom, you would have to demote yourself to “A Bookstooge”. 😉

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. I get my own posts emailed to me at another email address and I never noticed the ads either. Probably because I never actually looked at the email contents, ha!

      If you EVER see ads on the site, or in an email, please let me know. Because it’ll means WP has done more skullduggery and changed the goalposts. What I’m paying for is supposed to remove all ads, period.

      But I concur. If ads appear, I’ll demote myself 😦 It will be a sad day in Piffletown 😉

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  4. Ouch. That was … fast. Fingers crossed (and thumbs pressed / held, and whatever else may signify luck in some corner of the world) for a seamless transition into the realm of dotcom. Also, here‘s some food for the leprechauns … 🍀🍀🍀

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    1. The 50% coupon was the reason for the speed. There was no “this coupon expires on this date”. I’ve seen 20-40% off wp before but never 50 and I’ve never seen anything higher. So I wanted to get it while I could.

      I can handle $2 a month for a year. Now, next year, without the coupon, we’ll see what happens!

      And thanks for the leprechaun food. Ol’10 will be especially grateful, as he just loves Leprechauns and everything to do with them.

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        1. So far, I don’t think so. I’m on the personal plan, which is basically a removal of all ads (including the NSP’s), increased storage and a dotcom address. Oh, and some dedicated email support.

          That seems to about cover it.

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    1. So, here’s how that works. I still have bookstooge.wordpress.com. I also now own bookstooge.com. WP simply redirects everything from the old wp.com site to the new dotcom. I don’t know the details, but basically, internet wizard elves cast a spell and now I am more powerful than you can possibly imagine. Hahahaha!
      The real question is going to be what happens when I link to the dotcom site if I ever decide to go back to the free wordpress site.

      I’ve tested this with posts from my malazan reads. The links point to dotwordpress but when you click on them they take you to the post on dotcom.

      As stuff occurs I’ll definitely be posting about it.

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    1. Thank you. I stayed home from work today, due to the temperatures outside, so I’ve been writing up scheduled posts and everything seems to be the same. Which is what I wanted.

      I didn’t think about the search engine aspect of it. I wonder if that will be any different now. Well, only time will tell 🙂


    1. At least the “Slightly Grey and Definitely Not Light Side”. That’s a real mouthful though. Darkside it is then! 😉

      Saw your couple of recent posts. Are you back to blogging or still dealing with the lack of desire due to all the crap?

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      1. A little from column A and a little from column B. Actually, most of the blame lies in my inability to multi-task. See, during the lockdown (and probably for a bit before, to be honest), I put on weight. Way more weight than I am comfortable with. So I’ve been dragging MT out on weekly hiking trips under the guise of stalking birds, butterflies, wildlife, whatever. Then I get home and become focus-locked into combing through the photos, identifying the critters, uploading them to a citizen science site, etc. It seems my brain can only handle one hobby at a time.

        Coupled with that, I had to return to work a couple of weeks ago (summer break ends for me before it does the kids) and I’ve been up to my eyeballs in iPads every day. The longer hours and higher stress levels interferes with my narcolepsy, so I come home catatonic and not good for anything.

        So, I’m back, but still have a lack of desire to deal with the crap, interspersed with a serious need to fit into my wardrobe again. So my posts may continue to be sporadic until I either skinny back up, or the weather becomes total crap. Oh, and winning the lottery would help. 😀

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        1. Wow, I had no idea. Thanks for sharing. One of the things I am extremely thankful for in my job is the lack of looking at screens during work. If I did that all day I don’t know that I could come home and do it some more 😦

          Good luck with the weight. So many developed countries seem to be dealing with this issue. I know I do so fistbump of support for skinnying back up 🙂

          As for multiple hobbies, that only seems to make sense. You only have so much free time and brain processing power. If reading and blogging didn’t align so well I know I wouldn’t be blogging nearly so much.

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          1. I’m still reading, so it would be nice if I could find a balance between the hiking/photo taking and the blogging. It was much easier when I was only using BookLikes, because it was so much simpler and faster. With time, I’m sure I’ll find my groove, one way or the other.

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  5. I have not noticed those sponsored posts so far – either because my blog has not been included in the change, or because (wild guess) I’m on the other side of the ocean and for now we’re not being targeted – but should any annoyance come knocking at my virtual door I will have to follow your shining example 🙂
    Was it a complicated transition? Inquiring minds want to know…

    PS: the blog looks great 🙂

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    1. I never noticed the NSP (native sponsored posts) unless I was actually visiting someone’s general site. If I was just visiting a specific page (from the reader), I never would have noticed them. But I don’t follow everyone who follows me, so I will click on someone’s name and check their site out and voila, there they were, like a pimple 😦

      It was not complicated at all. I bought the upgrade and it was immediately ready to go. I did have one problem with one of my reusable blocks, but that turned out to be because of the theme I was using (dusk to dawn) had been retired years ago. Once I got the new theme, everything was fine.

      So I didn’t have to change anything in terms of links, etc. WP did it all automagically with the power of internet wizard elves.

      Thank you. I was hoping for something with a little more color, but this appeals to the slightly ascetic side of me 🙂

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      1. Thank you! It’s good to know that the transition is an easy one 🙂
        And I think I understand the problem with those ads now: since I receive email notifications for the blogs I follow, I reach the page by clicking on the email link rather than going through the WordPress Reader where (I just checked) the ads appear at the bottom of the page, and with a completely different view than the one I get by following the mail link. If I’m making any sense here…

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    1. If I hadn’t found the coupon, I would have kept on waiting. But I knew I wasn’t going to find anything more than 50% so I jumped like a tigger 😀

      Good luck with whatever decision you end up with.


    1. I’m hoping that after a week or so I won’t even remember that I’m a dotcom. I just don’t want WP messing with my posts and stuff.

      Yes, the most Dangerous Game of all 😉


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