After many complaints from various sources about not updating the site, I’ve finally gotten started on the arduous task of catching up on 9 months worth of family happenings. I even heard from one person that they were “sick of that darned telescope” that was at the top of the page for so long.
One thing that has taken me so long is that I’ve been trying to develop a “theme” for Wordpress that matches the look of my old site. I wish I’d started on something easier, because I’ve hit dead-end after dead-end and wasted considerable time trying to figure out advanced style-sheet stuff without even fully understanding the basics. Now I’ve decided to put that off for a while and just start entering some articles and updating the gallery. There are lots of ready-made themes available, and I’ll just use one of those until I get mine working.
People told me that my website looked like a blog, even before I knew what a blog was, and it may have, but now that I’m using some real blogging software, lots of neat stuff becomes available. For example, I am able to group articles into categories, so if you want to see every article pertaining to “Home Theater”, you just choose that category from the sidebar. You can also leave comments or questions about a particular article instead of having to use my old goofy “Contacts” page, or the guestbook. You can also select dates for old archived articles, and there’s now a nicer “Search” facility.
I wish I had been using some kind of blogging software for the last couple of years. In order to take full advantage of these cool features, I want to get all my old articles into Wordpress. If I had been using any of several pieces of blogging software instead of my own made-up format, I’d now be able to automatically import the articles. Unfortunately, as it is now, this is mostly by hand, with lots of copying and pasting, and manually back-dating things so they’ll be in the correct order. I hope it’ll be worth it.
So anyway, let me know what you think. It’s real easy to leave comments, and after I “approve” your first one, the rest will appear as soon as you leave them.