Interlude Of Ineptitude: Goodbye Blogspot, Hello WordPress

I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid… you’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up this phone, and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.
- Neo (The Matrix)

Just a quick post here, as these comments, an interlude as such, are caught somewhere between ‘been there’ and ‘nice to be here’. As I mentioned elsewhere, I’ve decided to ‘self-host’ this blog and therefore am migrating it to the WordPress blogging platform and away from Google Blogger. It’s something I should’ve done ealier, or perhaps even from the start. However, as with many folks, it was a combination of fear and complacency that prevented me from doing so.

An Explanation: Feel The Fear

It was fear of the uknown which stopped me from learning WordPress. I eventually did and started two other blogs, the Penniless Blogger, as well as ELT Vista. Those two blogs, supporting langauge teachers and bloggers everywhere, are thriving and I’m enjoying the ease and flexibility at which I can make all things possible. I’m also less concerned that one day I may wake up and find that Google has decided to axe my blog and all it’s content. Lesson to be learned: putting all your eggs in someone else’s basket breeds worry. Moreover, bloggers take note, there’s a few good articles on the poor practice of what’s called ‘digital sharecropping’. See links below for details.

Meanwhile, I let the Wooly Yarn, which I pour most of my heart, soul and creative madness into, be mired here at ‘blogspot’ susceptible to the ravaging whims of apathy and ineptitude that Google (aka Skynet) is known for. From spinning wheels of Javascript death to a lack of any technical support, there is only so much one blogger can take. I blame myself for not considering that even the absence of a ‘www’ prefix for one’s blog suggests to a ‘non-entity’ status. For all my good intentions, since I started this blog … I didn’t know what it was, but it was  there, like a splinter in my mind, driving me mad. It was this feeling that has brought me to this present state of mind. Do you know what I’m talking about? Lord, bloggin on Blogger (blogspot) is living in the ‘Matrix‘!

Ok, maybe it was also ineptitude on my part for ‘short sheeting’ what matters most, my art. Who knows.

A Conclusion: Let My People Go

What I do know, however, is that hesitation leads to stagnation, which leads to rot and eventually decay. Death follows. Therefore, I’ve felt impelled to wrest myself from the confines and constructs of Google blogspot slavery. Yes, this blog was born into ‘blogspot’ bondage. Time to set it free.

If you are reading this at http://woolyyarn.blogspot.com: Know that nothing remains here at, except the ghostly presence of yet another false start. This blog is now self-hosted using WordPress at www.thewoolyyarn.com  Hope to see you there soon.

If you are reading this from the new WordPress set up, you may now rejoice along with me for my new found freedom. Thanks in advance for making the trip.

Suggested Reading:

On Digital Sharecropping:

http://www.copyblogger.com/digital-sharecropping/

http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2006/12/sharecropping_t.php

On making the move:

I am immensely thankful to John Saddinglton, the Tentblogger, for his invaluable advice on migrating from Blogger to WordPress:

http://tentblogger.com/migrate-blogger-wordpress/

 

Other Suggested Reading:

WordPress Power Guide - Using WordPress to Blog Your Way to Success - Blogging Guide WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition Wordpress 3 Complete

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4 Responses to “Interlude Of Ineptitude: Goodbye Blogspot, Hello WordPress”

  1. Nicole Rushin October 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    So excited for you I can’t stand it. Look I can leave a comment without flipping through a million choices. How nice!

    • Jay Schwartz October 18, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      Thanks, Nicole! Yes, it’s those ‘little things’ that make me thankful for WordPress! Thanks as always for your comment!

  2. John (TentBlogger) October 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    awesome! great job bro!

    • Jay Schwartz October 18, 2011 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks, John! And, most of all, thanks for your migration advice at Tentblogger! Still working out a few kinks here, and am not through ‘pimping’ the Standard Theme, but at least things are up and running. :)

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