The journey continues

social blogSo, it’s been a while since I last wandered by and I owe you an update. I still blog elsewhere (obligatory plug here) but perhaps less than I did. In terms of blogging I’ve been on a bit of a journey. Pretentious, I know, but perhaps relevant. Read more of this post


Dead blog panic

Having carefully migrated my blog (Red Rocket Rising – thanks for asking!) and tweaked the styles, CSS, taxonomy and added some choice plug-ins what was I to do next? Answer, of course, start fiddling! One Sunday morning I added a few plug-ins and a security plug-in, fiddled with the settings then…

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Blog migration – how easy was it?

First up an apology: I had intended to post an in depth sequence of learning guiding you through my migration experience and sharing all my lessons learned. I wanted to show you how careful you have to be with WordPress so as not to accidentally lose all your content. I wanted to make sure no-one else had to worry before upgrading their hosting. My new location for my Doctor Who blog is now Red Rocket Rising.

In actual fact it was pretty simple and mostly just worked. For what it’s worth here is what I did.

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Self-hosting – what did I decide

Back in June I posted on the topic of selecting a hosting service and moving away from (here). Well I made my decision and have chosen Vidahost and thought I would compare my actual decision with the strategy I outlined in June. If you are interested in how I made my choice or just generally intrigued by the task of moving to self-hosted why not read on? There’s a link and I provide a discount code if you’re interested!

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Self-hosting – the big one!

So, I’ve hit that ‘wouldn’t it be nice to do more with my blog but can’t easily on’ stage. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing but praise for but would like to have the flexibility that self-hosting brings. This does of course mean cost and risk.

I have found that a simple google, poll some work colleagues, wander around twitter you find tempting looking pricing and complaints about every provider. Twitter has more xxx were poor than xxx were great tweets (though they do exist).

Given the step up from zero cost to some level of investment, how does one make a decision? I don’t know the answer  to ‘who is best for me’ so there is little chance I know who is best for you; I do, though, have views on what you should do to move forward. The advice is at the end I’m afraid as I spell out my thinking…

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I should be so lucky…

Sadly not an excuse to talk about Kylie (though I keep the picture!) but a short chat about luck – does it exist and are some people luckier than others? Also what does this all have to do with somebody called Teela Brown? I was prompted to write this after an experience recently; on a bus through London I snapped a picture of a big orange ball in Trafalgar Square. I tweeted about it and by the time I got off the bus Tropicana thanked me for mentioned their advertising and offered me a free drink! Lucky old me – or is it?!

Not sure where this will go so strap yourselves in for the ride!

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Google+ Thought

I have been on google+ for  a few weeks now and whilst recognising that it is early days, I am massively missing the point. I have pondered for a while and now I know what I don’t like – basically it ain’t twitter! What do I mean? Well in twitter you find some minor celebrity, friend, organisation or anything else follow them and the hey presto you have a bunch of stuff appearing in your stream.

Meanwhile on google+ you have the great circles idea (which would overlay well onto twitter and allow me to split my stream) but what happens is you need to wait to be added to things. If no-one adds you you get no updates. Also I can’t spot a search function nor a trending function so I have no sense of what is going on.

Cognoscenti will no doubt tell me to use facebook – they may be right but I will ignore that.

I don’t though know how google+ can ever scale – can I imagine Stephen Fry sitting and adding 100,000s of people to his ‘hoi polloi’ circle? I think not.

Seems like a problem to me!