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 🙂

4 thoughts on “Collating All My Blogs

  1. This rings so true for me as well, I’ve been blogging all over the place with every new one I promise to be “the one”. I also stop short of buying a domain because I feel guilty for spending (such a small amount) on something that no-one would read anyway. But if I don’t blog I feel I’m missing the opportunity to be slightly creative which helps me organise my thoughts.
    I love reading all your blogs. I may not have children but I can still relate to much of your other day to day concerns and adventures!

    • Haha! I’m glad I’m not the only one!! I’ve always worried about focus and what I should be posting and so I’ve had multiple blogs for all the different things and it’s just driven me crazy and given me a headache of digital clutter to deal with. I finally realised I just like to share, and I like to write, so I might as well do it all in one place. I’m being super strict with myself and I actually had to tell myself off the other day when I found myself browsing domains for sale after paying for a renewal for a client. STOP! I thought. I think it’s partly that I compare what I do to popular blogs I read. But no more. I’m working on consistency – it’s my new mantra. I loved your update on your habits by the way – I read and ran (kids calling), but was going to ask you… in fact, I’ll head over there now!

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