I realized that it’s silly to run a separate ephemeral media blog. There are plugins that let you control what categories get shown on the front page of a wordpress site, as well as which categories get into the RSS feed. So I can post ephemeral media stuff right here on my “main” blog, without having to futz around with a separate blog, and without having to pollute the front page and RSS feed with stuff that almost nobody will want to see.
I’ve used the Advanced Category Excluder before, when I was experimenting with twitter-like “aside” posts here on the blog. It lets you “hide” specific categories from various parts of the site – front page, rss feed, category pages, search results, etc… Very handy stuff.
So, now I have an “Ephemeral Media” page, which shows all posts in the “ephemera” category. Since all posts get auto-tweeted, it replicates the functionality of a twitpic/yfrog/etc… service, but without the third-party-company stuff hanging over things.
Anyway. Now I’m down to one blog. My main blog. I’ll probably leave the other blogs up, at least for now. I may migrate the content from them (the photoblog and ephemeral media blog) into this one. Consolidation is good. Having control over where I post stuff is good. Not having to rely on third party services is good.
Running my site on Mediatemple, I get gobs of storage, and more bandwidth than I could ever use (touch wood). They’ve also rolled out a full content delivery network, to make it perform really well. With those tools already at my disposal, why would I rely on any third party service?