I’ve had several blogs, over time. J and I started out blogging on his (now defunct) personal website – on software hand-picked by him, with photo gallery software selected likewise. I never did find out how to embed photos in posts, so links abounded. I can’t remember whether the pictures would then show in pop-up windows or not.
When he closed that site, I moved to Blogger – free, easy and apparently popular. I tried to run several blogs in parallel – sewing, knitting and personal (well before Blogger supported tags) – and we had a shared ‘house and garden’ blog, too. That one still exists, but hasn’t been posted to in about a year, if I remember correctly.
I consolidated my three blogs into one early in 2006 – on the grounds that I certainly didn’t post often enough to justify three blogs, and also because I realised that my fave knitting blogs included posts about the author’s life, work, garden, other projects – and so on. Then, early this year, I tried TypePad. And I think I’m staying. It has strengths and weakensses compared to Blogger, but on the whole, I think it’s better.
Each time I move, I have to ask myself, "Self, what shall I do with all my old posts??". And each time, I’ve replied, "Self, don’t be so lazy! Move them to your new blog!". I think I’ve pared down a bit each time – gotten rid of the first obligatory post that goes something like "Hello World! Well, this is my blog. I think I’ve set it up right, so lets see if it works, shall we?". I don’t remember; I may have trimmed out anything too sickly, or angsty, or with too much bad karma in the past, too. But the fact remains, I have 246 posts over at Blogger, and since you can’t export/import them between systems (at least, I don’t think you can – anyone know better??) moving them will take some time and effort. I can’t bring myself to just abandon them, though; to leave them dangling in cyberspace, forgotten and unloved. I have just revisited my oldest entry from there – certainly not my first blog entry ever – and when I posted it, I was the same age my ‘baby’ brother is now. I remember that weekend clearly; it was one of the best I’d had in ages. Four years later, I’ve had shingles and have been living with chronic fatigue for two years, and cannot conceive of having so much energy as I did then. It’s a goal to aim for.
So, I will be moving things over. Slowly, because it’s not trivial, but surely. I apologise to those of you who have an RSS feed to my blog; weird things will appear from as far back as 2003. I’ll prefix the title each one of those posts with "FROM THE ARCHIVES:", so if you’re not interested in my previous ramblings, you can easily skip past them. Also, many of the links in those posts will be broken, not least because the photo gallery site no longer exists. I will fix what I can, but that won’t be fast, either.
For those that *don’t* subscribe via RSS but *do* what to make a sentimental trip into my history (you weirdos), I’ll be tagging all of my posts ‘imported’. I’ll be importing in chronological order, as far as possible, so if you just want to keep checking back there, eventually you’ll get the lot. And I do mean eventually; if I average one post a day, it will take eight months to move the lot…