Friday, April 16, 2010

not sure about this but here i go

After no small amount of wrestling with the previous home of my blog, including the latest episode where I was asked how much I was willing to PAY for answers to technical questions for a FREE blog, I have decided to change homes.

At first blush, this DOES look harder and more complicated. I don't DO complicated well, so I'm making the switch and also asking those closest to me to do a lot of hand-holding while I learn my way around this thing. I am also NOT good at finding my way around Web sites on my own. (I find "help" pages to be mostly unhelpful and slightly over my head.)

Looking at the various doo-dads (like how to move posts from my old blog to this one) I cannot find my way around even the "Help" section. (What's an "xml"? I don't think my computer has this.) So I will likely forget about transferring over old files from the-blog-that-must-not-be-named. Just finding the help pages I need looks like too much hassle for me.

In the meantime I cannot promise frequent blogging here. It will take me awhile to learn how to use the new site more comfortably and, well, life is short. I still have to figure out how to save this address, and tell my friends I've moved, and all of that. And while most of you may find this no big deal, for me it's all complicated. it took me many weeks to learn how to use the previous blog and I expect an equally painful and prolonged process here. That's not necessarily a reflection of Blogger, but more a reflection of what a struggle electronic technology is for me.

I like my technology to be more obvious, something I can hold in my hand and adjust with an appropriate tool. Computers simply don't work that way and every new thing I must learn on them comes with no small amount of fear and trauma and until I dial it in. I just don't think like most computer users.

In the end I may end up not blogging much anymore. Just trying to navigate my way around the new blog is already intimidating as hell, and makes me wish I could just bury my head in the sand and forget the whole thing.

So don't hold your breath looking for anything new and cool here for a little while.


lynnef said...

If Sweetie doesn't give you a tour, I'd be happy to help out.

bikelovejones said...

Thanks, but she's pretty happy I've made the switch and has promised some time with me. I'll check in for stuff she doesn't have answers to.

MichaelR said...

It would be a shame to lose your history.
Lynne is not the only one available to help.

Mr. Fusion Jazz said...

I cannot help with the tech stuff but I will still read.

Cheers, Gene in Tacoma

cyclofiend said...

Hey and hidy!
Welcome to the new digs. Keep your confidence high - the blogger interface is pretty clean. Just keep chipping away at it and you'll get the hang of it. Haven't looked at LJ transfers for a while, but let me know if you get questions.

Keep on writing, keep on riding... ;^)

- Jim

cyclofiend said...

Wanna convert your Livejournal?
Leave it to google...
Go to this page -

give it your login info and it will create a file for you to download to your computer which will be your LJ posts (and comments).

Then, when you log back into your blogger blog, go to "Settings" and look for "Import Blog". (The link above tells you to "Create a New blog" which you do NOT have to do.)

When you click that, it will let you "Browse" for the file that just got downloaded from LJ, which it will then upload to your blogger blog. I just ran a test here which had only a few entries, but worked.

Let me know if that isn't clear - I'm tired and heading bed-ward, so I may not be making complete sense.

Basically -
1 - Use the tool I linked above to make LJ spit out your posts into a file.
2 - Log into blogger and feed it the LJ post file.

You can check a box to have them automatically post, which will save you the step(s) of having to post each one individually (they will be uploaded as drafts, which you then have to publish.)

take care - lemme know if that h'ain't clear...

- J

bikelovejones said...

@ Cyclofiend: I will try your instructions with Sweetie at my side and see if they work. My only concern is that my computer may not be big enough to load all my posts into it (it's a REALLY old iMac and I'm stubborn about not wanting a new computer at this point).

I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks! --blj

Harry H said...

Your new blog page looks fab!

bikelovejones said...

Thanks, Harry! Learning the new language has been slow but successful.

Logan (at) said...

Hey I just found your site through a tweet link by bicycle fixation! I wanted to complement you on your great article in the recent Bicycle Quarterly! I'll poke around your new site here for some great reading. My partner and I just recently moved to Portland and its good to read some blogs on the city to catch us up. :)


The Merry said...

It's okay. XML is your friend. XML is a formatting language similar to HTML, only one raised by much more strict parent and thus isn't inclined to be as live-and-let-live about things. Still wants to be your friend.
I would be sad if you stopped blogging, as I enjoy reading your posts. I'd understand if you stopped, but I'd still be sad.

bikelovejones said...

@ Merry: Thanks. I am waiting to hear back from my pal Cyclofiend on this as he seems to have a way to do it that would be easy for me to do remotely (without him being here at the desk with me).

Since I don't know HTML and can't seem to find anything labeled "XML" in my computer I will be patient. The old stuff's not going anywhere.

lynnef said...

I am pretty sure you can do just fine without knowing anything about XML. Or HTML, for quite awhile. Looks like you are picking it up just fine!

bikelovejones said...

@ Logan - welcome to PDX. Visit lots of bike shops, breweries and coffeehouses to get a good feel for the city. That will probably tell you more than the blogs will. Happy riding!

JBJ said...

hey bikelovejones -

love the new digs! i will keep right on reading at your new spot.