Collating All My Blogs

In the interests of simplicity, completeness and just because I like things to be orderly, I’m currently in the process of migrating ALL my old blog posts, from the ALL the various blogs I’ve had over the years, to my online home here at St Francis Folly.

I am starting with my first ever WordPress blog from back in 2005. I’ve spent quite a lot of time looking into this, but the only way I can seem to get these very old posts into WordPress now is manually – I only have an old SQL database download of the site, so not even a WordPress file I could try and import. I did spend some time trying to resurrect an old WordPress install on my Mac so I could upgrade and then export the data, but none of the current webservers will let me use PHP 4.4 and my Mac won’t let me use an old webserver. I could use a virtual machine of some sort and use an old operating system, but we’re only talking tens hundreds of posts, not thousands, so I think manually adding them is going to be the easiest way, rather than getting stuck in a spiral of old dependencies that I cannot resolve (I knew should have done it the other way…).

This means I will be spamming you with new posts that are actually old posts – for that I apologise – please delete as necessary, or unfollow me! Once I get past 2006 I can import using the regular WordPress importer and it will all be less intrusive.

This will take a while. I’ve added an archive section to my sidebar (as well as tidying up the site a bit), so you can see the older posts there. I really can’t imagine there is much of interest to read, but for me personally this is my web space and I’d like to have it all together, finally.

I’m tired of wondering why I’m blogging, or thinking I should have a niche, or a specialism, or whatever. I’m just going to do what I want on here because I can, and because why not? I’ve been blogging on and off for 13 years – there must be something I can learn from that, so let’s put it all together and then see where we end up 🙂

New Design Goes Live

OK, I think it’s pretty much stable enough to release to the world – here’s what I’ve been beavering away at for the last couple of weeks.

1) I have checked this in Opera, IE and Firefox, and it’s the same in all three (give or take a pixel or two).
If you’re using something else and it looks like a dogs dinner please drop me note, or leave a comment to let me know.

It’s validated!
2) I haven’t validated any of it.
It’s full of errors I know. I’ll be doing this over the next 24 hours.

3) The Photo Vault is all over the floor.
I’ll tidy this up too, but in the meantime…. try not to look at it :-) .

The rest should be OK. If you have any suggestions, spot any errors, or just want to say what you think, please leave a comment, it is much appreciated!



New Design Not Quite Yet

Tonight I have been faffing around with style sheets for ages – there’s one tiny little problem with how the new site design renders in Firefox that I can’t get to the bottom of. And yes, it’s true. I am at home on a Friday night in front of the computer. How cool am I?

Steve has gone out to see some friends, so I have eaten pizza (frozen not takeout), opened a bottle of red wine (glug, glug), fed the fish (”hello fishes!”), and am now deciding whether to have a bath, or carry on trying to get Firefox to OBEY ME.

Tough choice eh? Might go and turn the heating up first. It’s bloody freezing.