Ok, so hopefully you haven’t noticed that I’ve moved my blog. It really only moved from a folder into the main site. I had originally intended to do more work at the main site, but it’s about time that I let go some of the things I’d like to do to the miriad of things that I HAVE to do, so that I actually have time for the things that I want to do. Yeah I know it barely makes any sense to me and I’m living here. heh
So basically I just had my hosting provider uninstall and reinstall my Blogengine.Net files and database (after I made a full copy of everything and exported my blog posts, whew yeah back ups are good). I also set up redirect pages in the old directories so that folks with links to those pages will be automatically re-directed to the new locations for those pages. Also since I’ve set up my rss feeds through Feedburner, the rss url for my site should still be the same, I just tweaked the blog URL at the Feedburner site. Ah modern technology is fabulous.
So far I’ve only noticed two victims of the move, my tag cloud (for some reason the tags didn’t make it through the export/import process) and my About Me page. Heh,who really wants to know anything about me anyway? (and I laughed for about an hour)
I also had to go back through all of my posts and edit my image urls. /oy Yeah that took some time, but it’s worth it. I love having images in my posts.
Why move the blog? Well some parts of Blogengine.Net are coded to work directly from the main site files (the root). I’d originally installed Blogengine.Net in a side folder. It worked just fine for the most part but every once in a while I’d install an extension that would blow out my comments or other such fun things and for the most part the cause could be traced back to the fact that the coding was looking in the wrong place for the next step (it was looking in the main directory instead of the files where everything had been installed). That and having two different themes on my site was driving me nuts. It just doesn’t look good…. ever.
So with all that said and done I’m also working on some other ideas that’d make it easier for me to get some more blogging in. Currently working on getting Auslander to 80 is my primary objective. That’s taking up quite a bit of time. She’s burning through levels like a pirate burns through coin on shore leave (ok maybe not that fast) but it’s still a bit of a grind. With this in mind I just need to set up my laptop to do some blogging on the go so that I get some blogging in.
Once I get that set up I’ll tell you how it’s going.
Oh, and I decided to go with a new theme, for the most part this gray theme doesn’t overwhelm the content. It also takes advantage of the Blogengine.Net widgets, which means less time I have to spend adding extensions and working with the underlying page code to display things like, oh, recent posts or comments. “wewt’
I’m not making these changes so that my blog is set up for ads or marketing, but mostly so that it’s easier to read, easier to get to, and (most importantly for the geek in me) easier to dink with. Muah ha ha ha. Not that I think there’s anything wrong with folks making some coin via blogging, I mean for a really dedicated blogger it’s basically a part time job in it’s self. If the blog helps folks out and the person writing it has spent a lot of time and energy researching, testing and writing, then they’ve earned some compensation for that. For me though this is something that serves as a secondary memory (my memory works great for technology and trivia, everything else gets eaten by the dust bunnies). I like to keep track of the resources that help me out, as well as write down some of the fun adventures that I have here and there, and you know, wherever. I’m hoping that the changes haven’t disrupted things too much and I’m looking forward to doing more with the site!