New Site

So, this is my first official post on the WordPress blog (as opposed to something I posted in tandem with, or imported from, the livejournal one)

The Livejournal one is still there. I just got wanderlust. So here I am.

Come on in, look around, make yourself at home.

The plan is to incorporate all the articles from my old webpage, as pages here, then cancel that hosting deal and use the domain here. Maybe. If I have the time. Otherwise, I’ll just be posting and playing here.

If you were reading this on livejournal you can befriend the jwords username and these posts will turn up in your friends page** (it’s an RSS feed in case you’re interested, but if that means nothing to you don’t worry. It just means it will work the way I described.) But please try to click on the little blue ‘comments’ thing within each post so that comments live here, instead of on the livejournal version.

(**To do this, go to ‘manage friends’ and then add ‘jwords’ as a new friend in the appropriate section. Customize to taste.)

New and Fun Stuff:

Pages!

Look up. This site has pages. One of them is busy collecting posts related to publishing and is built on articles from my self-help/self-publishing website of seven or eight years ago. Another is supposedly “about me” and a version of this post might find its way there.

Twitter Feed

Look over there –> There are short little tweets from me whenever I have a random thought. These can be and sometimes are posted from my cell phone. The premise of Twitter is that you send a short message answering the question ‘what are you doing?’, whenever you feel so inclined, so that all your fans can know. Egotistical? A little, but hey, I have four blogs…

Boy Feed

Also over there –> (currently). No, not food for boys, but headlines from the boys’ journal, in case you’ve missed it and in case I ever update it. (It still lives at livejournal. For now…)

Enjoy!

4 thoughts on “New Site

  1. mnemosynedream

    Hmm..I’ve thought about doing this myself so as to have a back-up of my journal to make sure all of my holiday memories don’t vanish into the ether one day. What swayed you over to wordpress in particular (as opposed to blogspot etc.)?

  2. jwordsmith

    Well, you CAN make a backup of LJ sites (http://www.livejournal.com/export.bml) month by month, which you’ll have to use if you want to export your content to anywhere. And the comments won’t come with you. (Tip: Don’t wait until you’ve been on for 5 years before you do this!)

    I found WordPress more flexible in terms of layout and I liked the ‘pages’ options (which Blogger may or may not have, I’m not sure). But I’ve seen too many people having problems with Blogger not uploading stuff or crashing over the years, to feel comfortable there.

    I’ve done test blogs on Blogger and WordPress and Typepad, and I just felt happiest with WordPress (which is free, with optional upgrades).

    Still can’t do java stuff in sidebars, like you can in Blogger, but I”m OK with that. And there is a slight learning curve with the new interface, but hey.

  3. Sydney

    i’ll be interested to see how things go with wordpress. i’ve got a couple of friends using it… and i like the look of it better than blogger…

  4. jwordsmith

    Yup, I’ve been pottering with it for a while, for my knitting blog and am quite happy. I think it’ll serve my needs for replacing my old website too, what with the pages feature.

    Maybe.

    One thing that’s missing, which Blogger has, is support for the little java script thingies that let you have little progress bars for your projects in the sidebar (like I had here: http://knitsmith.blogspot.com/). They were cute. But maybe someone will write a WordPress Widget that does something similar.

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