It’s Not Supposed To Be This Difficult – Blogging in 2015

[media-credit name=”Fitz & Pirillo” align=”alignright” width=”447″][/media-credit] Part 1 – 2015-11-03 I think I got bored over the summer and decided that I wanted to go from the relatively inexpensive WordPress.com to the extremely customizable “self-hosted” version of WordPress (the version used by WP gurus and whole businesses built on supporting/creating these sites…). Since then I’ve “duplicated” the main blog, though there were about 1,000 posts that didn’t seem to make the transfer successfully (requiring some ongoing hand-coding/manual transferring of the missing posts…). I created a blog specifically for my podcast, jbb’s final thoughts (instead of it being just a category … Continue reading It’s Not Supposed To Be This Difficult – Blogging in 2015

Portfolio v Posts v Pages in WordPress

[media-credit id=1 align=”alignnone” width=”620″][/media-credit] Remember what I said the other day about not having the time or energy to be working on my blog? Yeah, I lied. Having scanned in over 30-years of papers, projects and school notes and over 50-years of photos, I’m attempting to be a lot more systematic on how things get posted/shared. After looking over dozens of themes, I thought that I might pull out the old white board and try to wrap my head around what I’m trying to accomplish. With the academic material, I kind of wish that I would be able to create … Continue reading Portfolio v Posts v Pages in WordPress

WordPress.ORG or WordPress.COM

[media-credit id=1 align=”alignnone” width=”620″][/media-credit] Last week I bit the bullet and signed up for an account with DreamHost so that I can move my blog(s) from the free WordPress.com hosting to a self-hosting site. It’s been a bumpy road. I’m not entirely sure that it’s worth the hassle. 2015-08-12 8:45am I’m now getting an error message: “A problem occurred with this webpage so it was reloaded” And the displayed page isn’t the one that I edited (I removed several widgets to see if that would change the error message, nope). This is really beginning to feel like it’s more of … Continue reading WordPress.ORG or WordPress.COM

The Modern Scholar: Tolkien and the West by Professor Michael Drout

As a wanna-be-writer, graduate with a degree in ancient texts (Biblical Studies) and a lover of the world of Tolkien I found Professor Drout’s 5-hour lecture on Professor Tolkien, his world and his works to be a wonderful mix of … Continue reading The Modern Scholar: Tolkien and the West by Professor Michael Drout

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer & The Community of Friends

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer Turns out that famous recording artists are people with all the flaws, failings and feelings of everyone else you’ve ever known. As much as that should be a “duh,” I was pretty disappointed … Continue reading The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer & The Community of Friends

The Newspaper Business in the Age of Digital Media, Part 1

Who still reads the local newspaper or any newspaper for news these days? I recently saw an ad for a position at the local alternative paper looking for a digital content coordinator, essentially to help the paper “develop and define … Continue reading The Newspaper Business in the Age of Digital Media, Part 1