I moved my permanent blog to here, if you hadn’t noticed. It went a whole lot smoother than I thought it would as my main blog was on Blogger.com. I had this sinking feeling that in order to move all my entries I would have to save them one by one then repost them. Boy was I surprised!
I had originally given thought to switching my hosting to use ASP.Net, the only hold back was that my gallery was using Gallery. But since I am a .NET developer I thought “why not use something I know?” Wrong attitude! It would cost me more to use a .Net server plus after looking around there were not a whole lot of options when it came to applications. There is DotNetNuke, dasBlog or SubText, plus a handful of galleries. From what I saw none of those approach the maturity of the PHP options.
I settled on WordPress mainly because I have used it before. I’ve used numerous CMS applications but I do not want a CMS. I want a blog engine and a gallery. The hosting company provided Gallery already which I use and like, and it does offer PHPNuke but that would not fit my needs.
So how to handle the migration? Turns out that is all built into WordPress. When I saw that I could import my entire Blogger site I was amazed! The whole installation process was simple and enjoyable. The migration took all of fifteen minutes and that is only because I had to figure out how to dump the two blog entries I had at LiveJournal.
Why did I leave blogger? I am a adamant fan of almost every thing Google and I have had that blog for ages, but I felt like I had to fight the system more than I needed to. If I wanted categories I would have to either create separate blogs or encode the titles then have some funky search going on. I think the one thing that really made me want to switch was that I could not select individual entries. How lame is that?
But I am here now. My own domain. My own little space in the wild.