Category - WordPress / Meta

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what floats?
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Probing Question 01
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Up and Running
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Coming Along…
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Yikes

Probing Question 01

Although this site has been live for at least a month now, I haven’t received many comments in response to my posts.  So I’ve contrived a new feature here at bonniegoat.com — the “probing question of the day.”  In each of these posts, I will ask one very nosy question designed to elicit insightful answers from my audience… Hopefully that will inspire SOMEONE to chime in.

Here goes question number 01:

What’s a common misconception others have about you?

Up and Running

In 2009, I started toying with the idea of a blog and of using WordPress.  So I took down my website — which had gone through numerous incarnations over the years, but had always remained in a static format — figuring I’d get back to it any minute.  Three years later (i.e., several months ago), I finally took the plunge and installed the WordPress software. And it’s been a bumpy ride ever since.  After having taught myself HTML and CSS, and after creating/maintaining my own websites for the past nearly 20 years, you’d think I could master WordPress without breaking a sweat, right?  Don’t I wish…  This shit is hella hella complicated.

When I installed WordPress, I was forced to do it in a subdirectory of my domain rather than at the root [don’t ask me why; I really don’t understand].  But that was actually fine with me at the time, as it took many months of playing around with the structure and design and content and widgets (and every other little aspect of my new site) before I got it anywhere near where I wanted it to be.  But for the past several weeks, I’d been wanting to migrate the URL to the root.  So I read one WordPress tutorial after another after another on the subject, and found each one more intimidating than the last.  I actually attempted the redirect at one point and ended up FUBAR’d… so I basically put it all back the way it was.  Web searches for further information on how to redirect the site and reading through many technical support boards revealed just how many people have had (and continue to have) major ISSUES with WordPress.  Changing one little file or moving something to the wrong directory or using incompatible widgets or whatever can spontaneously render your blog inaccessible and possibly even lost forever.  Like I said, it’s complicated.

This evening I was talking with a customer service guy from my hosting company about another matter and I happened to casually mention that I wanted to do a WordPress redirect.  Much to my surprise, he offered to walk me through the process, and in a much easier way than outlined in any of those tutorials.  Score!  So I am now up and running on www.bonniegoat.com.  Go me!

I hope you enjoy visiting this site every once in awhile… but if I bore you, that’s okay, too.  It’s my domain, so I really only need to make myself happy. 😉

Coming Along…

Believe it or not, I’ve been working on this site. Probably doesn’t look like it, but I’ve spent hours and hours, and even more hours….

I deleted most of the Tumblr posts I had imported, but will probably repost several of my Tumblr entries in the near future.

I uploaded a bunch of personal photos — see the “Photos” page up at the top.

Another cool thing I added was a bunch of YouTube videos at the bottom of the sidebar. Check ’em out. 🙂 I’m sure no one but I will be interested in them… but since this is my blog and I’m doing it to please myself, it’s too bad for you. 😉

Next up will be my “About” page. I hope to have it done within a week or two, or four.

I still don’t know what the fucking fuck I’m doing with WordPress, but I’m learning…  I don’t know if I’ll ever understand the gallery function, however. *sigh*

And that is all for now.

Yikes

I was a WordPress virgin up until about a week ago.  Thus far, I have:

  • Had my web hosting company migrate my old account to a newer one that supports WordPress
  • Reconfigured my two domains (web & email addresses, and other items) related to that account
  • Installed WordPress at the server level
  • Tried out several themes and finally decided on one
  • Tweaked and tweaked and tweaked this theme, trying out various different headers, color schemes, etc. (even so far as doing minor editing of the theme’s basic css)… and then tweaked some more
  • Downloaded and installed several widgets
  • Added pages, links, etc. (this is not nearly done)
  • Pulled in posts from my Tumblr and Pinterest profiles
  • Deleted the “hello world” default introductory entry
  • Had several frustrating moments, periods of intense confusion, and some near nervous breakdowns

So how am I doing?? 🙂

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