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July 7, 2011

Goodbye, you wretched Movable Type

micdown.jpgToday, the blog moves to a spiffy new publishing system and a new URL.

From now on, Midnight Sun can be found here, at

In a month, the old url will automatically re-direct to the new one, but in the meantime, be sure to adjust your favorites, rss feeds, etc.

Click here to find out why. 

Photo: a musician at the Ottobar, by @fwredelius, contributor to the Midnight Sun flickr pool.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 6:00 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Housekeeping


Sadly my traffic here will drop. I can't stand the new blog format.

I don't like it either. Did movable type move your type around to create all the errors?

This isn't even a 'blog' format anymore - it's just setting up to the default style sheet for regular baltimore sun articles.

The Blog's new 'home page' doesn't even display which entries have comments on them (which is what I'm usually interested in reading)

@Tif I thought 'movable type' was an ancient printing press term but apparently it's also some terrible freeware for the web

My two cents:

1) The new format is too busy. At the very least keep all the ads / videos / links / everything that doesn't have to do with the current story on one side of the page. It extends the length of the page but keeps all the relevant content flowing (for the individual stories). As far as the main page, get rid of the video links that interrupt the flow of the article list.

2) The old RSS feed used to bypass all of those potential problems by including the full text of the article in the feed itself. Now it only loads a preview and you have to go to the page anyway.

yes your right.
and I a agree with you.
keep posting.

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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