Well, that was an adventure, if your definition of “adventure” encompasses wondering where the Hell everything went, and how it can be retrieved.
On Friday, some folks on the Yahoo Oil Painter’s Group started posting some messages about work in progress on Telephone Girl. I was going to point them to my blog, and being a lazy sod of the highest order, I just thought I’d go to the blog, grab the address, and paste it into a reply.
And when I got to the blog, it was gone. There was a blue screen saying that there was a “blog*spot” problem, that Blogger was aware of the issue, and they were working to get it resolved.
Normally, I wouldn’t care but since I actually had something I wanted to say, I was a bit put off. But patience being a virtue (one I rarely make use of, however) I thought I would wait around a bit and see what transpired and see if any of it was in my favor.
A couple of hours later, the blue screen still presented itself. I noticed it on a couple of others, like Azathoth’s, but those cleared up after a while. (CAGIVO didn’t seem to be affected so I don’t think there were problems with my account.)
By this time, I was getting irked. For the most part, the blog is fairly disposable though fun, but as mentioned, I was actually saying interesting things (for a change) and didn’t want to lose them. So I took the next step.
I had noted in passing that whenever I went to upload some files to my main site, that Yahoo had a module called “Blog Control Panel” wherein they promised that I could create a blog or manage an existing one. Since it was free, I thought, why not.
One of the modules I could use was WordPress, which was what Filthy Rotten Angel had recently employed. I was also impressed by the layout and features of Shamus Young’s blog, Twenty-Sided, and the fact that you could tag entries with a category for easy searching. So WordPress it was, now managing a blog that lives on my main website anyway.
The nice thing about WordPress is that it seems infinitely customizable; the reverse to that is that it’s also a bit daunting to navigate. I still need to rebuilt my links list (and figure out exactly where they go; I need to build a BLOG button for the main page.
But here I am, and here I’ll stay. Until this one crashes. I still have my Blogger account (I’m not sure there’s a way to delete those) so any comments I leave on your sites will probably reflect that.
But no one lives there anymore. I mean, for real this time.