On Your Mark, Get Set, Flip!

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

Getting ready to flip the switch on an updated site. Within the next few days I’ll move from Posterous to a self-hosted WordPress blog.

Don’t get too excited, though. Although it’ll have a redesigned look, it’ll feel about the same. It’s easy to go overboard with WordPress, but I think it’s important to keep this site simple, not only because of its basic concept, but because I don’t want to find myself knee-deep in code every time some 3rd-party widget mysteriously breaks.

For the nerds in the audience, here are the main reasons I chose WordPress over Tumblr:

  • Importing my old posts was more straightforward, although I did have to make adjustments to all 300(!) by hand to get them to look nice with the new theme.
  • I was able to keep the URLs the same for all my posts. Not that anybody was linking to my individual posts, but broken links drive me nuts in general.
  • With regular backups, I can easily change web hosts without starting from scratch.
  • I bought a premium WordPress theme; can’t let that go to waste! But it’s already proven to be worth it; the theme designers maintain a support forum where they answer questions and guide you through modifications. As a non-programmer, it’s saved me a ton of time I would have otherwise spent Googling without a compass.

Anyway, hope you enjoy it. For you, the only painful part will be signing up for a new account if you like to comment, but I’ll try to make that as straightforward as possible.

4 comments

  1. Aunt Anita

    HUH?  What about the family blog.

  2. Mark M

    I’ll keep it on Posterous for now, since it works very well for that. If Posterous actually announces an imminent shutdown, I’ll probably move it to Tumblr.

  3. trythinking (@trythinking)

    Friends don’t let friends Google without a compass.

  4. Chicky II

    Glad you understand all this 🙂 Nice looking hand by the way.