For the most part my website is now complete, and I’ve finished moving my Life of a Writer blog from Blogger to WordPress. Things didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped they would, but it wasn’t a major catastrophe, and that’s a good thing. 🙂
First, the good news: If you’re subscribed to Life of a Writer, you don’t have to re-subscribe or update your feeds. I was so happy about this, because I feared I might lose subscribers if I had to change my feed URL. Luckily, all I had to do was burn the feed for my domain, and then login to my current Life of a Writer feed with FeedBurner and change the original feed URL in the feed details section to the URL that I burned. Before I did that, though, I wanted to make sure it would work, so I subscribed to my own feed via email and RSS in order to check that any new posts would sent the feed reader (I use Google’s feed reader) and to current email subscribers. After I subscribed to my own feed, I made the aforementioned change, published a test post, waited a few minutes then checked both Google Reader and my email account. Everything worked, so I was happy. However, I noticed a glitch: some of my older posts showed up in the feeds as new posts, so I do apologize to all subscribers, because you had to re-read a few of the older posts as well as the test post.
The malfunction with the feeds was minor compared to the next problems I ran into, and that was the export from Blogger to WordPress. The first problem: Many of my posts included links to older posts and categories. Well, as it turned out, when I imported my blog to WordPress, those links didn’t update, so if anyone clicks on them, they’ll be sent back to the post on the Blogger blog. As for the other two problems, not all of the comments from my readers transferred over, and for some reason WordPress stripped the URLs from the comments that did transfer. Lillie Ammann’s a frequent reader and commenter, so I knew her website off the top of my head and added it back to a few of the comments she left. I realize these three things were actually minor too, because things could have been a lot worse. That said, I’m thankful those were the only mishaps, but it’s still going to be a pain to go through over 200 posts changing URLs unless I can find some kind of WordPress plugin that will make things easier and less time consuming. Speaking of the link dilemma, I will take care of it as time allows.
Aside from all that, my site is ready for visitors again, and I plan to start blogging more often. In fact, I have quite a few posts planned that will include tips for writers, so stay tuned for those.
Thanks for hanging in there with me as I combined my Christian author website with my blog. Your patience and understanding throughout this entire transition was greatly appreciated. Hopefully I didn’t lose too many readers.