Where I’ve been

If you’ve been wondering about my relative absence the past few days, I’ve working on a longish article on blog design for my new monthly column “O Tech!” at Read Write Poem: How to Reach the Masses. It’s geared toward poetry bloggers, but should contain some useful tips for anyone with a blog or website. As I say at the end of the piece, I’m still very much a learner when it comes to the web. But I do enjoy it, and I like sharing what little knowledge I’ve acquired over the years.

I’ve also been a little preoccupied with Via Negativa’s little-sister blog The Morning Porch, which I’ve moved off Tumblr and onto a WordPress installation with the aid of a handy export tool I found online. I may or may not stick with the current design; most of my attention so far has been on getting a couple of plugins to work with untitled posts. Fun!

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  1. Why did you leave Tumblr? I thought you loved it.

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    1. They started putting ads on the dashboard. It was an ad for some dumb concert they were sponsoring, but still. Also, I wanted to do things like show related posts on single-post pages and automagically link to posts on the same date from previous years. And the previous and next post links in Tumblr had never worked all that well — sometimes they’d skip a week.

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    2. Any hey, I’ve finally found a use for WP’s “quickpress” feature!

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  2. If you’re still a learner I’d hate to think what the rest of us are.

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    1. Well, a lot of people are content just to learn a few techniques and leave it at that, and that’s fine. Or it would be, if the damn technology weren’t always changing! But I assure you, my knowledge base is quite average for a self-hosted WordPress.org user. The way they keep updating the core software and the plugins, you can’t afford not to keep up with it if you don’t want to get hacked. I learned that lesson the hard way.

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  3. Excellent piece on RWP, Dave. Agree about having to keep up with the technology. I used to put a lot more effort into that at one time, but these days, I’m falling seriously behind. Oh well!

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    1. Well, as long as you’re keeping up with major updates and security patches, you should be O.K. — unless you’re using plugins broken by newer versions. That can be a pain.

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