I did it! Well… sort of! Actually, not so much.

Hi there! Some of you know that I’ve been wanting to move my blog to new software for some time now, causing me to be a complete slacker about the actual, you know, blogging part.

Well, three days ago I set a completely deluded deadline; I was going to have the new fringehead.com rebuilt using a totally new-to-me technology before the end of 2009.

After several days of manuals, forums and staring blankly with an attractively furrowed brow, I realized something. Just because I think that Joomla! might be a great solution for a site I’m planning later and that this will be good practice does not mean that, for this single-author blog project, I am not trying to beat a gnat to death with one of those huge clown-car hammers.

So, with hours to spare, I made a bold decision to switch horses in midstream and go with WordPress. I’ve used it, I like it, and – here’s the important part – it’s actually built for blogging. (Hey, it could be worse – I could’ve tried to build it in GarageBand.)

WP installation and configuration could not have been easier. Seriously. If you’re thinking of blogging, I recommend it wholeheartedly.


Very, very late in the game, I realized that it had been so long since I used my old blog – from which I needed to copy all my old posts, links, etc. – that I hadn’t the first idea how to log in. I thought I remembered my username and password, I just didn’t know where to go with that information.

After an hour of searching through every suspicious file on my site from the admin side and hand-typing the URL that would theoretically lead to that file, I found it. So the problem is, in general, solved. But there’s no way I’m gonna have all this done by midnight.

So, um, welcome to the new fringehead.com. There’ll be words and stuff here soon. Pretty colors, don’t you think?

Happy New Year!

Edit: Well, look at that – once I figured out the MT stuff, this was crazy fast as well. I still have to reconstruct my blogroll though – I don’t really want you to go to Development Blog.

8 Comments  to  I did it! Well… sort of! Actually, not so much.

  1. Scott C. says:

    I knew 2009 would be an improvement on its predecessor. Happy blogwarming.

  2. Allie R says:

    Congratulations! All looks very pretty and friendly. :) Happy New Year!!

  3. Love what you’ve done with the place! Also, nice categories.

  4. sandy says:

    OK I followed like a lemming to water and the blog’s great. Thanks and HNY!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks, everyone – happy 2009!

  6. maryc says:

    Can I just say I tried to do the Joomla! thing, and…it didn’t go well. It was weird and lame and I didn’t like it. No! Not one BIT!

    Your MT blog, OTH, I like a lot. Welcome back to blogging. (Hey! I just made up an ad campaign for some blog company thingy!)

  7. maryc says:

    Hey! My avatar looks like it’s about to knife someone! What’s up with that?

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I could either say it was random, or I could say I saved the menacing avatar especially for you. Which is more fun? (I’m kind of jealous of Parenthetical’s.)

    This is actually WordPress; the blog that used to live here was MT, which a friend very kindly set up for me, but I kept running into tiny problems that made things No Fun.

    And I think there’s some way you can upload your own avatar as a user, and these are defaults, but I haven’t figured it out yet. I’ll IM you when I do…