Many Posterous users, such as myself, are considering alternatives now that Posterous has been acquired by Twitter. The message from Posterous to users isn't completely reassuring (e.g. "We'll give you advance warning of how to download a backup of your space well in advance of any service interruption.")
My situation is:
(1) I started with a self-hosted WordPress blog at Hostgator. It is still up, but I haven't posted there for a couple of years.
(2) I was attracted by the Posterous auto-posting features and the ease of posting and replying by email, so imported my self-hosted WordPress blog to Posterous in 2010. The import went so-so, fairly well, a few glitches, but it's all there now.
(3) A couple of days ago, concerned about the Posterous announcement, I imported my Posterous blog here to WordPress.com. It went without a hitch: 667 posts since 2007, 800+ comments and over 1,000 images all imported fine. You can see it by clicking on my name for this post.
There are pluses and minuses to switching though. My questions are the following. If anybody has any insight, I would appreciate it!
(1) Reply to posts by email? If I switch to WordPress, what should I do about my Posterous subscribers who are used to replying by email? I have a few members in their 80s and 90s and they find it easy to just reply by email, but I think it would be a burden for them to have to click the comment link and then somehow authenticate themselves to add a comment. They don't have WordPress, FaceBook or Twitter accounts. I don't suppose there is some way for subscribers to post comments by email reply, like there is with Posterous, is there?
(2) Auto-posting issues. The auto-posting from WordPress to FaceBook seems "meh" compared to Posterous. There doesn't seem an option to post images to my FaceBook gallery, is there? It just creates a little blurb with a link back to my WordPress blog. And the link itself is not very well-formed. Basically it ends up as a "shared link" on FaceBook, with the malformed text, "Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post." It doesn't look very nice. I haven't tried the Twitter auto-posting yet. What do you all think?
(3) Here or self-host? Should I host here, or self-host where I already have my old WordPress blog that I originally imported to Posterous in 2010? I just upgraded it to the 3.3 version and it seems to run well. It's hard to figure out whether it's best to self-host or just keep the blog running here, though I did look at comparisons between wordpress.com and wordpress.org. I'm not going to go crazy into customizing or adding odd plugins. And it does seem faster here. And things are more regularly backed up here I assume. So that's probably a reason for staying at wordpress.com.
I guess my biggest worries are a lack of ability for members to reply to posts by email and the not-so-great level of auto-posting to FaceBook.
Any thoughts on those?
The blog I need help with is douglerner.wordpress.com.