Monday, June 2, 2014

A New Home...

Well, after days and day of exporting, breaking files into smaller parts, converting to .xml format, and trying to import--with varying degrees of success--I finally got everything moved. Let's just say that when you have a pretty big blog (and mine was 6.5MB total) moving from self-hosted WordPress to Blogger is a big ol' pain in the ass. Neither WordPress nor Blogger make it easy to move as, for whatever reason, they seem to be in denial about the reality that anyone would switch from one to another (when, duh, people do it all the time). I mean really, how hard is it to make the import/export files a standard format? Jerks.

And honestly, all that converting and taking days to import to Blogger because there's a limit on the file size that can be imported per day, it wasn't even really the most difficult part of the process. You see, there are hundreds of pictures on my WordPress blog. Apparently I like to share my pictures of... um, everything. But, since the images are hosted on my web-host, in my WordPress installation, there wasn't any good way to move them. Especially since all the pictures were embedded with a path to a folder in my WordPress install. Great. So when I moved everything the pictures still showed up, even though many of them looked weird (spacing, etc.), but they all had to be downloaded from WordPress, uploaded to Blogger/Picasa, and then re-embedded in each of the 500+ posts on this site.

Since this was a hefty job, and since Blogger has a limited amount of space for pictures, my archives are much picture lighter than before. I removed a lot of images and/or replaced them with [IMAGE REMOVED]. But there were still a LOT of pictures I wanted to keep, so I spent two days going through each post and fixing the pictures. There're still more than 250 pictures on this blog, even though I removed a lot of them. Not fun.

The really fun part was looking for a new template and, when I found one, making it look the way I wanted it to. No surprise, this template comes from Designer Blogs. They do really beautiful work. I'm in love with it, for now, though I can't speak to what will happen a month or so down the road expect to say that I will, more likely than not, look for something new. I'm never really comfortable in my virtual skin for long.

After that it was just a matter of changing my social media icons, which I'm not ashamed to admit that I watched a tutorial to figure out because it's different than WordPress, and my links and buttons, etc. I enjoy that part, so it wasn't a big deal. The last pain in the ass was changing my URL so it directed to the right place. It's working fine, for the most part, now. Fingers crossed that the kinks work themselves out sooner, rather than later, because I had to do some fancy footwork with my DNS at to get this thing working.

All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with the change. Now I just need to download some things from my web-host, make sure that my "Project 7th Sea" site is all moved (that one was much easier since it was like a 200KB in total size), and cancel my hosting. I think being free of that $11 per month fee, which has slowly crept up over the last few years, will make me feel lighter... does that make sense? I don't know, maybe you know what I mean even if it doesn't?

So what do you think? Like my new digs? ^.^


  1. It's working! Well, sort of. Safari won't let me open your page at all now (old blog OR new), but I think it's a Safari issue, not a "your blog" issue, because I also wasn't able to open up videos on YouTube all day. I don't know what's going on. So I switched over to Firefox, and now everything is working perfectly, including your blog. So now I'm wondering, "Did I just give Kristyn spikes in blood pressure for something that was a problem on MY end and NOT hers?"

    Anyway, like I told you via e-mail, I love this new theme! So fresh and pretty.

    1. Glad to know it's working for you! Is it updating on the link at your blog? I've been fiddling with it a little bit, but I'm trying really hard to ignore my impatience and give it the full (up to) 48 hours.

      I was able to see the blog is Safari (via MacBook) but I didn't try the comment thing, so maybe it's a safari issue. I hope not.

      Thanks for the compliments. I love it too. I actually ordered it and another one (the one I previously linked), but I like this one best (for now). Do you think the background is okay, I'm on the fence about the triangles and keep thinking maybe I should change it. But, when I do nothing else looks quite right. lol

    2. It's not updating on my blog yet. I tried removing your link completely, and then putting it back on (hoping to kick-start it or whatever), but it's still showing your older post as the most recent. When I click on that post, it brings me here, to your home page. I think it just needs some time to process the change.

      I think the triangles are super-cute, though I can see why you're not sure about them. They add a geometric, almost graph-like quality to the page that pulls from the girly a bit (something I prefer, but you might not).

    3. You might try changing the link on your blog to That's the blogspot address that redirects to

      I think the triangles are cute too, I'm just itching for something to mess with. lol. At some point, I may change them, but for now I can't seem to do better so I'm not changing... yet. ;)

    4. I changed the link on my blog to your blogspot address, and now it's updating perfectly.

      Next on your to-do list: take out this dang word captcha. :-D

    5. Thanks for the heads up, I didn't even realize it was on. I can't see it because I'm logged in. I turned it off! :D