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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Tue, 15 Nov 2011

Moving from one blogging platform to another can be painful

I'm in the process of moving the entries from my old Debian blog running on FlatPress to this blog running on Ode.

It's not a seamless process. I'm trying to retain the comments in FlatPress, and I also want the images to come along with the entries, so that means I need to copy/paste/code each entry as it's brought from one blog to the other. I might be able to speed this up by using the flat files in FlatPress to create the flat files in Ode, but each comment is in its own file, and the amount of copy/pasting in that case would rise with each comment. Plus I don't want the same HTML tagging that FlatPress uses.

I'm slowly moving the entries, and once I finish and get them to all show up at http://stevenrosenberg.net/blog/linux/debian/, I'll shut down the old Debian blog.

There are a lot more entries in the FlatPress blog on Debian than I thought I had. It will take some time to get them all moved over.

For the record, I enjoyed using Flatpress, which has quite a few useful add-ons and features. The spam in the comments has been a bit overwhelming at times (hence I've gone into each entry individually and turned comments off), but FlatPress still does a great job of doing what a WordPress blog can do -- except without a database.

For me, right now, Ode is what's working. I like the ability to maintain the site via FTP/SFTP (or ssh if I so chose), the default CSS looks really good (thanks, Rob), and the theming is flexible (I've made a few key modifications to have the pages do what I want). My mid-term goal for this Ode site is different styles and site names for the different subjects I write about. If I get there, it'll look like multiple blogs but really be only a single installation of the database-free Ode composed of text files and images that exist in a sane directory structure on a web server.

Long-term goals include archiving and presenting content I've written across maybe eight to 10 other blogs. I'm preparing for that by making sure any content I write elsewhere, when possible, also appears here.

Another thing I started today is a test of dlvr.it to automatically feed Twitter, Identi.ca and Facebook via this blog's RSS. I'm trying to clean up the huge mess brought about by the social-networking services themselves being interconnected and, in addition to that, a thicket of Ping.fm, HootSuite, RSS Graffiti and who knows what else.

So in a totally unrelated matter, My Identi.ca, Facebook and Twitter accounts are no longer connected. That means I can't post to Identi.ca and have that post appear in Twitter and then in Facebook. I could hook them back up at any time, but I had to disconnect so many apps from each service that I wanted a clean start. I could reconnect these social networks to each other at any time. But for the time being they'll all stand alone. (And I may drop some entirely.)