Some things change, others stay the same

This is my first post using a new blogging tool for me, TypePad.  It’s the paid product of the same, free software I’ve been using for about 3 years, Moveable Type.  Why the switch? Glad you asked!

I realized my time has being spent keeping the back-end (the part not seen) running, while ignoring the actual fun of blogging.  Believe me, the joy of figuring out how to edit a .pl file to insert the direct server path to a library pales after just a few moments.  So, I’ll leave the actual operation of the site to pros, and just work on the part you, valued reader, see.

This has other benefits: a WYSIWYG editor, just like stripped-down Word, so very little <put obscure thing here> in my future!  (I did find an interesting way to completely hose a .php blog is to close a tag with a ? instead of a /).  Also, a spell-checker is added, so I’ll just use the wrong word now, instead of a misspelled one.

With all the benefits come some changes
.  All the old permalinks are now dead, sorry.  And, to add insult to injury, TypePad doesn’t have a search function (inexplicably), and trials with the Google version have been fruitless. 

Also gone are the pretty picture-links in the sidebar.  They were a lot of fun, but actually really became an impediment to adding new blogs to the rolls, as it took some editing to make a pic, etc.  Downside, no pics; upside, more links (to come).

So, thanks for reading, and now (hopefully) I’ll spend more time on the blogging.


Comments

  1. Have you tried http://www.sixapart.com/typepad/news/2003/08/adding_google_s.html for the Google search in Typepad?

  2. Yes, but when I try it out I’m told Google doesn’t index my site (??) and then it refuses to play.

    Mine is not an isolated experience. Reading the forums for TypePad many others have tried the Google search, mostly without success.

  3. Like the new digs!

  4. Good move, Doc…looks fine on this end.

  5. I think Moveable Type is a lot harder to master than most people realize, however you were better at it than most.

    Most of us like blogging but have better things to do with our time than becoming a tech-spert.

  6. Here’s another benefit for us: your page loads faster now.

  7. GruntDoc says:

    Okay! That’s good. Losing the pretty picture links helped a lot with the speed.