Category Archives: Administrivia

Making Some Changes

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Things have been busy around here, what with the last minute Christmas projects, entertaining family and friends, and increased responsibilities at work. That’s not the main reason I have been neglecting my blog though, at least not directly.

I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do with this blog, and I decided to change the name and be a bit more focused about what I post here. I spent the last 2 or 3 weeks thinking about how I wanted to do this, and whether I should change the domain, use a different blogging tool, keep the posts I have here or start from scratch and everything else that comes with a new blog focus. I spent so much time thinking about it, I wasn’t posting anything and I began to fear that I would spend the next two months just thinking and not post anything ever. So, I decided I need to dive right into posting again and start making changes gradually.

You may have noticed I started by changing the name of the blog to Making a Life. Anyone who has been here probably knows I am somewhat obsessed with making things, so it seemed like the perfect choice. I am planning on changing the categories a bit, changing the theme,  and maybe even changing the domain name. I don’t know, I haven’t figured it all out yet, 😉 .

Have any of you done a big blog change like this? How did you make the transition?

National Blog Posting Month

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As you can see by the nifty badge on my sidebar, I have decided to participate in NaBloPoMo this month. I am not organized (or confident) enough to do NaNoWriMo, but I know I can do the blog posting.  I spent a considerable amount of time today trying to clean up some of the categories on this blog–consolidating, adding categories to some of my posts imported from my old blogs, and generally trying to make my blog look presentable. The daily posts officially start tomorrow, but I started a bit early, and this is my third day posting in a row. I thought about skipping today, but I don’t want to lose my momentum, :).

Like the last time I did this, I am not making any hard and fast posting rules other than doing it once each day, but I anticipate Making Things will be a key component of the month, since that is what is taking a lot of my energy these days. I am excited to get started!

Is anyone else doing either NaBloPoMo or NaNoWriMo?

Blog Cleanup

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I had a whole list of things to do this weekend, so of course I decided to tackle some blog cleanup and organization Saturday afternoon. You know, because I didn’t have enough to do. In my defense, I also did some laundry, wrote a couple of posts, decluttered my closet and made the kids work on cleaning their rooms in the same time frame. The rest of the weekend (read: all day Sunday) is looking pretty tight for the rest of my tasks. Still, it needed to be done!

Most of the changes are hard to see, being in the archives. I decided to just get a start on this, not do a whole makeover, so I don’t have a lot of completed tasks, but here is what I did work on:

  • Imported all the posts from two additional old blogs, The Almost Vegan Project and Affluenza Recovery (which didn’t have that many posts anyway)
  • Worked on cleaning up the categories; previously, there were 140 or so, and now there are 34
  • Put up a new Recipes page, but there are not a lot of links there yet
  • Removed some of the posts marked Grammar Nazi. I have been thinking that I don’t like the Nazi reference for a while, and then this weekend I got a comment from someone who didn’t like one of my examples, and I decided to just take the posts down, mostly. Although my criticism of a picture caption was clearly about the use of commas in the sentence, and I in no way made fun of or belittled the people being referred to, I could have made my point without using the real names of the people involved. The story was tragic, and I should have known better than to use their names for a tangential point about grammar.* I did leave up one post that was largely about something else, but I edited the tags to take grammar nazi completely off the site.

This is a nice start on the plans I had when I moved to WordPress, but not so much as to be overwhelming. I will be coming back to put categories on the large number of posts I currently have Uncategorized, and I will probably do some category name changes and further consolidation. Also, due to the first two items on the list, there are now a lot more posts on the Menu Planning and Garden pages.

* Side note: I have never been called an insensitive prick before, and I couldn’t help but find it somewhat amusing given that my site clearly is written by a woman, even though the criticism was deserved. I can’t recall another time when I have felt chagrined, confused and amused in response to one sentence.

 

Moving in

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After some initial frustration, I seem to have managed to move my blog over here to WordPress and my own domain. I didn’t get much writing done today, but I am glad to have this mostly done. I am thinking about a few more changes, but I feel that I have messed with the site enough for one day. I suspect there will be more category pages, maybe a static homepage, who knows what else? Now, though, I need to shift my focus to actually writing, rather than procrastinating with all this meta-preparation. Welcome to my new online home!

Moving

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I’ve mentioned this before–I hate to do dishes. I know, who doesn’t? This seriously gets in the way of cooking as often as I would like, though. I either need to clean before I can cook, and lack the energy, or I just don’t want to go to all the trouble of getting a lot of dishes dirty that will just need to be washed later.

That is all going to change, though–I am moving to an apartment with a dishwasher! WOOHOO! My new apartment will also have an extra bedroom so that the girl and the boy don’t have to share anymore (and so that all their stuff will fit in their rooms rather than my living room!), and TWO more closets. Wow. All this for only $100 more than I am paying now. And the best part? It’s in my building, so I don’t need to rent a truck. Of course, I will still need to carry stuff downstairs from my 3rd floor apartment and then upstairs to my new 3rd floor apartment since the only floor with a hallway that goes all the way through is the basement, but hey, no big truck. And, I don’t have to move the stuff out of my storage unit.

If I don’t make it here very often, imagine me packing and going up and down a lot of stairs. Maybe it will even help with some weight loss! I’m taking some stuff to Good Will, too. That will be a few trips just down to the car, which will be nice. Wish me luck!