Soft Launch of New Blog

Well, here it is — my first post on my new blogging platform powered by WordPress. This new-to-me platform enabled me to move my blog, including more than 1460 of my old posts, to its own dedicated domain,

Making this change was not as hard as I thought it would be. I did require web hosting service, which I already have for my website. I have the new domain of this blog hosted within my main website, so now everything is easier to maintain.

And best yet, I got away from the big.ugly.behemoth called Google. Google owns Blogger, as well as YouTube, Picasa, and many other formerly independent web services. I think Google is getting too big for its britches, and I have been considering moving away from “all things Google” for a while. But this past weekend, Google forced me onto its new Graphic User Interface, which in my opinion, SUCKS!

But not to degrade into more ranting, I responded by finding a very useable, workable alternative to Blogger. So welcome to my new blog powered by WordPress. The content will be about the same that it has been, but how it works is easier and is much more in my control. Take that, Google! Your system programmers created a truly sucky blogging environment. I shouldn’t complain much, though, since Blogger is a free site. They can do what they want with it. Fortunately, I had a very good alternative with WordPress, so I was able to switch rather quickly and smoothly.

I still have a few bugs to work out, and will be making tweaks here-and-there. If anyone can explain in plain non-techie English why this thing will not let me post an image to use as a blog header, I would appreciate it. (Yes, I have been to the forums, and yes, I have tried about ten different recommendations found there, but none work.) It also will not show an image that I uploaded to include in this post. It’s there, but not there. I dunno, I’m tired of spending hours trying to figure it out. I have submitted a question to the WordPress user’s forum, and have had responses from a guru, but he/she can’t seem to figure it out either. (I’m afraid it is not a WordPress problem, but a server problem. I fear that the web host I am using is proving that it is not measuring up to promises of site speed… but one thing at a time.)

If you have suggestions or comments about this blog, or some useful solutions for the current minor problems I am experiencing, you can write to me using this form.

Life is short: know your options and instead of complaining, make your move to alternatives.