Yeah. Moving my beautiful iWeb blog to WordPress has been a piece of cake… a twelve-layer, black forest-coconut-lemon-marmalade-spice-carrot-strawberry-key lime-chocolate-white-rainbow cake with every kind of sprinkles on top. Complicated, ugly, and not very tasty. Also extremely messy to cook up.
(Now, click on the title of this blog so you can see the header picture that is supposed to go with it. I couldn’t figure out how to make the post appear on the homepage as a preview rather than a full post. Sigh.)
Honestly, I’ve spent days on this. It wouldn’t be so hard if I didn’t care so much about the comments and the dates and the history of it all. But I do. Five years of my kind of blogging is five years of a family, personal, and photo journal. I’m not pretending to be a blogger for the masses. Hopefully some of the things that I write about transcend our own narrow experience, but really this all began as a way for me to share our daily lives with distant family and connect with far-off friends. So I am in the process of manually changing dates in the posts that automatically transferred, and adding the ones that didn’t. I will also have to move all the comments to their appropriate blog posts (I hope it’s possible!)– and THEN, add in the photos and any other media bits I want to capture.
I’m so bucking at this move not just because it is a lot of work, but because I loved the creative process of putting my own blogs together from scratch. I spent more time than I’ve ever admitted to anyone finding the photos– trying out different ones, and laying out the pages. Some posts came out better than others– some took more time than others. But on this site, as far as I can tell, I’ll never be able to produce anything I feel such creative pride in. That’s not intended as a criticism of WordPress (and maybe I’ll even be proven wrong!), but rather, as an indictment of Apple for abandoning us AND destroying years of work. Shame on them.
BUT… if I get paralyzed over it, then shame on me. I’ve just amassed a bit of momentum lately, so I’ll try to keep it going through this transition. I won’t wait to publish anything until I have all the old entries fixed up by date and some of the photos restored– but I may go quiet again while I learn and fiddle and restore. How long can you wait for your cake?? I’ll serve it up with a fresh cuppa just as soon as I can! In the meantime, please feel free to linger at the old sites before they close down forever.
We shared some good times there, didn’t we?