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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Technologically Speaking

Just a few technical items:

First, if you tried to access my blog yesterday and got a bunch of mumbo jumbo, it's because you happened to click here right when I performed a blog backup. Lindsey wrote a great post about backing-up everything, and she motivated me to get started!

I used the directions given in Blogger and it was simple, though the "delete your whole template" part was a bit nerveracking. I copy/pasted my template into a Word document and replaced it with their ten little lines of script. After going through the process and saving the file, I rebooted my saved template and "Voila!" Worked just like they said it would. It took about 20 minutes, only because, as usual, publishing time is slow. But the rest was very quick. SO BACK UP YOUR BLOG.

Secondly, several of you have asked me about the photography here, and it is mine - all of it (save for a periodic guest appearance by Deena's shots.) I use a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, an 8 megapixel beast that I've come to adore. My current photo gizmo choices are HP Image Zone for image adjustment, Image Shack for slideshows and Photobucket for video.

Third, I've decided to switch to Wordpress and will be working on the changeover in the next few weeks. If you have any words of advice, please share them! I'll have my own domain and host, so I think this will eliminate some issues. I'll keep you posted as I get closer to the switch.

Important: I'm looking for specific advice about aspects of this site you like, which you think should be different, and what has worked for you in Wordpress. PLEASE COMMENT - I'd like to hear from you before I get too far into the process.

Finally, if you're telling your readers (giving a shoutout) about Pass the Torch Tuesday, thank you! Please let me know and I'll link to you tomorrow.



  • Thanks so much for the link! And congrats on backing up your blog!!!

    By Blogger Lindsey, At 8:00 AM  

  • Good luck with your transfer to WP. I hope it goes smoothly.

    The only major problem I had was that every picture that was not hosted did not show up in IE. I had to go back and change all of them.

    I'm also having problems with using Mr.Linky. Let me know if you're able to get it to work.

    By Anonymous Kailani, At 3:52 PM  

  • Thank you Kailani - I appreciate your feedback on Wordpress. I think it may be a steep learning curve, so I thank you for the head's up on these issues.

    If I figure out a workaround, I'll let you know.

    Thanks Lindsey!

    By Blogger Pass The Torch, At 5:31 PM  

  • I really enjoy visiting you, I like everything about your blog. I know that Blogger is a pain in the rear, hopefully wordpress works out better for you!

    By Blogger Samantha, At 12:27 AM  

  • I got to the number 4 and I don't understand what it is trying to tell me.

    Even the hubby looked at it and felt uncomfortable.

    I guess I'm not thinking clearly because it's late.

    By Blogger Pamela, At 12:53 AM  

  • Eeeek! Backing up... I best be doing THAT!
    Also... is Wordpress a pay-to-blog gig? I guess it would be if you get your own domain name etc... Huh... other than not having to enter ".blogspot" as part of your URL, what are the bennies?

    By Blogger bon, At 1:15 AM  

  • no.. it was me who wasn't clear speaking.

    I tried to back up my blog... just as you recommended.

    The 4th instruction didn't make any sense to me.

    By Blogger Pamela, At 10:24 AM  

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