I’ve finally upgraded this blog to run on WordPress. I must say, this is very awesome. I finally get to take advantage of all those web 2.0 features that I was missing out on. I have working trackbacks, automatic pings, tags, a database, proper RSS feeds, the whole shebang.
You will notice that I am reworking the category structure. There is a redirect so the old RSS feed URL still works, but I reccomend you switch to the RSS 2.0 or Atom feeds. The permalinks on the new blog follow a slightly different format than on the old blog. However, the old style permalinks will still function and bring you to a page showing all posts made on the same day. The old blog did that also anyway, so it’s all good.
Physical changes to the blog include a nicer sidebar on the right, full of actual useful links. No more fickle tabs across the top. The about page as well as other static pages will return and be linked on the side as well, I just have to do some work on them. The about page in particular will probably get a full rewrite.
And perhaps my favorite change are the excerpts displayed at the top of each post. I feel they give the blog a more professional tone while helping give readers a better understanding of what a post is really about.
I haven’t yet put all of my old posts into the new database yet. I will do that over the course of the next week or so. I’m going to start with the posts I think are the best or the most popular and work my way down. I will not edit anything for content or remove anything, no matter how bad I think it is now. I will, however edit posts for obvious mistakes and formatting. Small grammatical errors like missing commas will be fixed. Anything that requires the rewording of a sentence will not be done.
Oh yeah, I’m afraid that comments from the old blog might be lost forever. I’ve still got them, but I don’t know if I can find a pratical way of porting them over.
Stay tuned for a podcast and other goodies to come very soon.