WordPress Blog

I am now a WordPress blogger! I have been using blogger for the last 4 years and was recently forced to change.

I used the instructions found at this tutorial for a guideline of what needed to be done. http://www.mamablogga.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-migrating-from-blogger-to-wordpress/ It was a bit more challenging then that, as first I had to migrate my blogger FTP blog to a blogger hosted blog before the posts showed up to be imported by WordPress.

I picked WordPress because it’s one of the best alternatives out there and I can write my own plugins for it.

I must say, there is a lot of options here to get my head around. Having very recently become a new father, I haven’t had time to get my head around WordPress.

The other thing I noticed is that almost immediately I picked up spam comments. In two days I’ve already gotten 15 spams on one of my posts. How bizarre is that?

So bear with me as I get the new site up to speed. It will take longer then I had hoped. If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to let me know!

buh-bye Blogger, Hello WordPress!

I am being forced to migrate my website off of blogger as they are discontinuing their FTP publishing which I use to have my twitter tweets show up on my blog.

The blog URL will continue to be mike.creuzer.com, but the site may go away for a short period during this period of time.

You may need to update bookmarks & links to the site. You may also need to re-subscribe to the RSS feed as it is being moved to feedburner.

The first post on the new system will be on my new baby, Bella! So stay tuned!

Conundrum

I have a problem.
Blogger is halting publishing over FTP soon.

I publish this blogger blog over FTP so I have access to PHP in my template. This allows me to do a few things, like have my own static content, but most importantly, my interleaved twitter feed into the blog content on the main page.

I use a lot of google tools, such as picassa, google reader, etc. and they all have tight blogger integration. It makes things easy.

I tweet more then I blog now days, so having the unified tweet/blog timeline is the coolest feature of my blog right now. The little ‘widget’ on the side bar just doesn’t cut it for me.

If I switch to hosted blogger, I will lose the ability to tweet to my blog. I suppose I could have the RSS feed of my tweets posted to my blog, but I am not sure I like that idea. I like being able to format my tweets they way I like to. I don’t want them to appear as just another blog post.

I could switch to something like WordPress, and write my own module that does the twitter tweets on the home page like how I want, but then I loose the easy of publishing using google tools.

I suppose I could possibly have a blogger blog set up and have the wordpress blog consume and publish off of the RSS feed. I would need to have a ‘blank’ template with a redirect to the wordpress blog then. I’d have to be careful not to get dinged by google for doing ‘blackhat SEO’ type stuff though.

So, I am stuck. I have a clock that’s ticking, no time to actually DO anything about it, and no clue which path to take!

Any ideas, suggestions?

Just Married

I have been a bit too busy getting married to blog recently.  There will be a photo gallery posted online at some point.

Blogger is being dumb, and won’t let me upload some of the photos I do have. So no photos today.