Well, it’s here. Welcome to the new and improved SJ. A lot of people helped me along the way, and the first thing I need to do is thank them. TJIC and FritzMuffKnuckle were with me at the beginning of this move, and steered me into this when I was at the point of throwing up my hands with GoDaddy and chucking it all.
Due to some unforeseen twists and turns in the middle, I ended up having to spend a day learning how to create a WordPress blog, and put the barebones of this together. Then my Fresno pal, Rick Horowitz, really banged out a lot of the details that I either couldn’t or didn’t even realize needed banging out. He’s been amazing, and in a couple of days (with a trial pending in the middle), did stuff that not only had to get done, but did it with amazing skill.
It’s that everything is all set. We’re still working out some bugs, some choices, and trying to catch everything up to the point that it’s ready for showtime. It’s not yet. There are some problems caused by GoDaddy’s odd coding which makes posts look weird, whether changing fonts in midpost or adding in multiple blank lines for no reason.
We have a real problem with broken links, because the GoDaddy naming system is different from WordPress, and all the old links, both incoming and internal, now go nowhere. The plan is to redirect them back to the correct post, and Rick is working on that as I type.
There may be missing images. If so, send me an email and I’ll try to add it back in. There may be missing posts. GoDaddy was supposed to export all my old posts, but I already know of one that never made it over and there may be others.
So bear with me on the move. I’ll get the hang of this place eventually. Rick has been a godsend fixing what I can’t. GoDaddy sucks, but they tried to help me to move within their paradigm of hot chicks in tight clothing driving race cars.
As for me, I’m just happy to be out. If anybody has suggestions about the appearance of the new blog, feel free to let me know (but with sufficient detail so I know what you’re talking about). It doesn’t mean I’ll do anything about it, but you never know.
So thanks for hanging in there during the past few months of the GoDaddy disaster, and cut me some slack until I figure out how to get this new place in order.
Update: Thanks for the emails and comments on things to improve. My son tells me SJ looks like I’ve finally updated it to 2002. So it’s not cutting edge, no bells and whistles.
That’s me, old school. And SJ has never tried to be cutting edge. Usable, sure, but never the coolest blawg in town. It’s all about the content for me, so forgive me for losing the last decade in blogoriffic coolness, but at least this one appears when you click on it. That’s a start.
I’ll get to the kinks eventually. As long as you can read SJ, I’m way ahead of the game.
Update 2: Some additional problems that need fixin’ involve the comments on old posts, which we were able to move over here but are no longer threaded because of the way GoDaddy handled comments isn’t the same as WordPress, so they appear linear instead of nested. While this creates a problem, it’s one we aren’t going to be able to fix without manually changing every comment. And nobody, me or Rick, plans to do that much work. So suck it up.
Also, the old posts appear in full on the front page rather than excepted as before. I will manually change this after we’ve fixed a few other problems.
In trying to write some code to redirect old links from GoDaddy to the new posts, with the help of Mark Draughn, WindyPundit, Rick discovered that there was some bad code in there, so it’s not just a process of doing, but of first undoing and then redoing. It kept Rick up half the night last night trying to fix, and he persevered. I don’t deserve the help he’s given me up to now, and there is still a ton left to do.