Blogging posts discuss aspects of blogging and issues that arise (such as spam). This is where I will discuss my learning curve as I become more sophisticated and knowledgeable about blogging (particularly with WordPress).
As I settle into retirement, I keep learning new wrinkles about how to juggle my existing universe of web sites, blogs and social media. It was all so much simpler when I was employed and could absorb a few bucks here and there to tweak a site.
It turned out to be a Rube Goldberg situation, to say the least. I register the domain (and pay for it every year) to one company, who uses another company to do the actual registration, which points to the name servers of the host provider [where all the actual data that is being shared lives]. The domain name server [DNS] comes into it somehow; which is owned by someone else. Apparently over the years bits and pieces of the puzzle are bought and sold behind the scenes. So, unbeknownst to me, apparently I was doing business indirectly with GoDaddy for some time.
I put myself through all this in order to save some money [because I am now on a retired fixed income]. The catch is: I had to pay to accomplish the switch anyway, even though I am already paying! The internet is a wonderful thing (and some of it is sort of free), but what I learned this week is that there really is no free lunch.
It does feel good to have my internet footprint cleaned up a bit, though, so I’m glad it has all worked out. I wonder what else I can cut instead to pay for the rearrangement?
Winter hit us pretty hard this year, so I am just beginning to recover from all the snow and it may be a while before I have time for myself and my activities. I am still working on cleaning up the Mac Mini to donate to a local person; that exercise has been very slow in the making. And let us not forget that it is time to file the tax return. First a few notes to catch up.
Here is a book I have been reading to help out a local non-profit (and to help my wife learn how to blog). The author is very good and I am really enjoying some advice that I hadn’t bumped into before [not that I have had time to incorporate it yet].
I am currently taking a Complete Web Developer course from Udemy. Most of my energy and attention has gone into learning general web development skills (including jQuery, Bootstrap, PHP and MySQL), but one of the chapters in the course focused on WordPress and it just happened to coincide with an offer to update an existing site.
In the course of my research, I reviewed the links to this site and either fixed them up or added comments to earlier posts to explain why they were broken.
Learned how to export my Don Smallidge of Maine blog as an XML file today and imported it into this new WordPress.com blog which I have called “A Grab Bag Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste”. Thank you Professor, wherever you are, for recognizing and labeling me just as I was beginning to transition from student to professional.
Thanks to Google Images and to Jessica for the image.
We started off the weekend with a walk in the woods on the Inland Trail in Waterville. We had a good day for it and didn’t even really need snowshoes. The temperature was also just about right.
We were having such a good time, we decided to go again on Sunday (and managed to get the car stuck on a hill in Oakland). Arbo’s towed us back up onto the road (thanks to Randy, AAA and the gracious gentleman who offered me the use of his cellphone). We returned to Inland Trail instead (with excellent parking lot) and got in another walk before dark.
The day after Christmas in our house when I was growing up was always very special. Not many people in the U.S. are that familiar with Boxing Day, but I learned about it because we always treated the 26th as a special day. There is at least one person out there who knows why it is so special, and I hope he is enjoying this Joker’s Wild day.
I had originally planned to wish everyone a Merry Christmas earlier today, but the day got away from me, somehow. We managed to get in a few walks and I got lost in a book. A fitting present this year. And I got to talk on the phone with some real live friends and relatives (which is always nice). Ran out of time again, as usual, so now it’s off to sleep. I hope you had a good day, too!
I finally figured out that Invite only asks whether you want to start your own blog. In Chapter 12 of my Teach Yourself Visually WordPress book, I learned how to add a user to my blog. And I just discovered this morning (on sandboxesrus) that this functionality is different (and less robust) on .com than it is on .org. So I have added my wife as an editor to this blog (because I can) and as a contributor to sandboxesrus so we can get to the bottom (or to the top, to mix my metaphors) of the learning curve. Once I have this figured out, we can finally get Healing Pathways back on the rails.
Update [1 Mar 2015]. Reviewing this post today I noticed that the link for the book no longer works. Reviewing the book, I also noticed that it is rather dated. So here is an image of the book I mentioned (the first edition) and a link to the current version of the book (the third edition). See my blog post for today [1 Mar 2015] for the book I am currently using to refresh my knowledge of WordPress.
With the Winter Solstice nearly upon us, I would like to just wish everyone listening a happy holiday season. This is a really good time of the year to take stock and look back over the year that is ending. Savor the precious moments, ponder the meaning of your particular specific existence and gather your strength to move forward into the next year. My wife caught the spirit of the season perfectly in this photograph taken today.