Update on work, website, et al

I’m wrapping up my current six-month contract and have accepted a job at a new employer, where I will start in late July. I can’t quite say where it is yet, as we haven’t dotted all the t’s and crossed all the i’s.

This new site at MarkBult.com is where I’ll be blogging from now on, and I’ll eventually be moving everything over from the old site at enews.org, photos, portfolio, et al. All the old journal entries and comments have been moved over here, although all the video embeds older than May are broken, and I’ll have to go back and slowly fix them over time (there are hundreds). No hurry, and also no time right now (so it’s good I’m not in a hurry then, eh?).

Velma and I bought a new house (well, it’s new to us) in Oakland in the spring, and spent the better part of a month packing and moving. It’s late June and we’re still not totally unpacked, although it’s about 95% presentable. There’s also the little matter of a little boy being on the way, so…yeah, we’ve got a lot of things on our plates right now.

All of this is my way of explaining why this new blog and web domain is going to look a little unfinished for a while. It took many, many days to convert everything from my old Blogger blog (started in 2003) to WordPress, and a lot of trial and error. The tools for conversion have severe limitations and often just don’t work at all, so I had to do a lot of tweaking to make sure all 1,000+ posts and 1,000+ comments made it over.

Plus I had numerous other blogs and sites I needed to move and convert. Google announced early in 2010 that they were going to shut down Blogger’s FTP service, which is what I (and thousands of others) had been using, and so it was time to move a bunch of Blogger sites I’m in charge of over to WordPress. They’re all converted successfully (finally), but there’s a lot of tweaking and fixing that still needs to be done.

That said, WordPress makes it infinitely easier to create single posts than the aging technology of Blogger FTP did, so I’m actually posting journal entries more frequently now. But they’re going to look a little vanilla until I have a few days to create a site skin that I like.

Anyway, I hope my 11 loyal readers haven’t wandered off in recent months and found more exotic and interesting blogs, and I hope you’ll be interested in at least some of the things I’ll be sharing in the future. And check out the last couple months’ of posts, there’s some good stuff there.

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