Mark Bult Design: San Francisco, CA, Established 1988

Web design and development for small and large business, e-commerce, b2b, b2c, SAAS, and community websites. User experience design and usability testing.


Monday, February 20, 2006

So, why no posts lately?

Contrary to what it appears like, I haven't been neglecting the blog. I haven't posted in a while, but it's not a case of "Sorry no posts lately" syndrome that so many blogs fall into when their authors become too busy or too bored.

I actually couldn't post because doing a single new post would have screwed up my whole blog.

I've been hard at work at the conversion of from Blogger to Movable Type (finally!). During the process, making a new post would have blown everything up.

It's taken a couple weeks so far because 1) I ran into numerous technical difficulties because none of the various instructions out there on how to do this conversion were complete, including the ones from both Blogger and Movable Type (and some of the how-tos on the web even contain outright errors), and 2) I have amassed nearly 700 posts and reader comments over the past few years, and I wanted to make sure none of them got lost or messed up.

Subsequently, I had to redo the import about nine times, doing a lot of trail and error.

There's still a lot to do. I have to catagorize all the old posts, which I have to do individually for all 657-or-something posts. And I really have to re-skin the templates, because the default-installed design is just terrible. I'm actually going to try to temporarily pretty it up later tonight with a better template I saw elsewhere.

If you're really interested, here's what the new (ugly) blog looks like so far. I'm going to post to both for now, until I have things sorted out.

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