Finally switched to WordPress.com

I hung out with James Huff at WordCamp LA 2011 on Saturday. In January, James explained why (and how) he switched MacManX.com to WordPress.com.

This afternoon, I’ve mustered the courage to move All Narfed Up to WordPress.com. I currently have 1,797 published posts and 3,049 comments. The import took a few minutes, and I only had to wait a few more minutes after switching my nameservers at my domain registrar.

I was hesitant primarily because of affiliate links, but those aren’t generating revenue anymore. Since Amazon Associates was terminated in California in June 2011, that was one less reason to be self-hosted.

I’m so relieved that I don’t have to worry about plugins, upgrades, backups, or security on my blog. I’ll be more likely to write or share more photos.

Thanks for the nudge, James!

Note: For more information, see the pros and cons of WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org.

Note #2: Here are the instructions for moving a blog from a self-hosted WordPress.org site to WordPress.com.

Known Issues

My categories and tags weren’t assigned to any of my posts upon import. They’ve been in dire need of reorganizing, so this gives me a reason to re-categorize all my posts. (This will take awhile.)

I used the FD Footnotes Plugin for a long time, so you’ll see a lot of posts where the footnote is inline with the paragraph. Oh well. (For now.)

I used WP jQuery Lightbox, so the majority of photos and images link to the larger file rather than an attachment page. I’ll change my behavior from now on and use the built-in attachment page from now on.

FeedBurner appears to show the new post at WP.com, so all is well. FeedBurner doesn’t seem to recognize the new RSS feed yet, even though it’s the same URL. Sit tight because DNS is still propagating. If you don’t want to wait, you can ditch the FeedBurner feed and use the default RSS feed. (2011-09-14 16:56 PDT)

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One year in blogging

Today marks a year from when I first started this blog. (This is a blog? I thought it was a website? What’s a blog? Reading the first paragraph there should suffice.)

If you see any positive difference with my posts now and the beginning, I’d love to hear them. If you could take a few minutes to write something, it’d help me reaffirm part of the reason why I have a blog. (Err, “weblog” – for Josh.) I’ll take constructive criticism, too. Otherwise, don’t bother. 🙂

Now then, inspired by Keith, I’m going to list a few things I’ve learned from blogging as well. Continue reading One year in blogging