The time has come (the Walrus said), to speak of a plan which I’ve been putting into effect for the past day.
WordPress and I haven’t exactly had… the best relationship when it comes to maintaining a blog. Various things have started to irk me, notably the forced simplicity of the Blogroll, the changing formats for post-writing and editing – not to mention a very annoying tendency when backspacing to skip to the previous line without erasing any of the erroneous line and delete good material instead – and the very broken nature of the post-scheduling system.
Seriously, for a small-time blog such as this, having a schedule system which only works when a person visits the site after the publishing date-and-time is rather annoying. Whilst I can, for the moment, kick-start this myself I could sometimes find myself in a position whereby this isn’t what is happening, and it would be quite a few hours, if not a day or two, until the post schedule is kicked into gear. Bear in mind also that the automatic Twitter post which is setup alongside the post won’t be sent until the post is kick-started either, and it’s just one big mess.
Not convenient by any means of the word.
So, what’s to be done to combat this, now that I’ve finally been driven to breaking-point?
Happily, WordPress has featured an option to completely Export the blog’s material, pages, and comments (although the recent comments on The Disappearance of T7-O1 have, annoyingly, been swallowed, and some of the correctly-transferred comments are very out-of-whack). This file, after a very roundabout path to converting it to a ‘proper’ XML file – the actual exported file was taking literally hours to do nothing at all – I have managed to completely reconstruct the blog elsewhere.
This specific location is Blogspot. Blogs such as Going Commando, Imperial Intelligence, and Ravalation have used it as well, and it seems like a good platform. From what I’ve seen so far, whilst it does have a lot less ‘fancy’ kit-and-caboodle than WordPress, it’s simple and gets the job done. Plus, the blessed schedule system actually works and does things properly.
Unlike Spawn of the Dread Master, which ‘needed’ to be torn down, I will be leaving this version of the blog active, at least for the time being. This post will serve as a redirect to the new Blogspot site until I feel that I can safely shut down this blog.
It’s been a fun two years, WordPress, but this is farewell.