Transition: Complete

Whew! That was a relatively painless process. You must have been praying for me.

My blog has now been migrated from Blogger to my own hosted instance of WordPress. I am SO pleased that I have done this. The Blogger settings console and templating system was not getting the job done for me, and WordPress gives me a whole new world of control over the look and functionality of my blog. Here is just a quick sample of some the new things that you might actually care about:

  1. None of my old permalinks – that is, the direct hyperlink to each individual post – have been lost.
  2. None of the 900+ comments from this blog’s history have been lost.
  3. All of the almost 400 individual posts are now categorized!
  4. Internet Explorer users, rejoice! Everything now looks and functions the same for you as everyone else. (At least, everything should.)
  5. The blog search utility now functions properly. The old one broke and I couldn’t figure out how to fix it.
  6. RSS feeds can now be customized according to entries, comments, author, category, or date!

There are a whole bunch of other new things, but I’ll let you discover them for yourself. Enjoy!

Upcoming Blog Changes

Well, it looks like I am finally going to bite the bullet and make the switch from Blogger to WordPress for my blog. I have been using Blogger since the inception of Truth Dialogue, some 7 or 8 years ago. However, I am running into all sorts of problems with the Blogger page templating system (as you can see by opening this page up in Internet Explorer), and I’m tired of the hassel. So, starting real soon you might encounter some hiccups as I initiate the transfer process.

I am going to do my very best to migrate all my old posts and comments to my WordPress installation, while preserving my permalink structure and search engine optimization. If you don’t know what any of that means, don’t worry about it. Just trust that when I am done you won’t know anything changed, with the exception of how the commenting system works or if you are one of those crazy types of people who still uses Internet Explorer.

So cross your fingers and say a prayer for me. This is probably going to be a total nightmare, but I think it’ll be worth it in the end.

See you on the flip side.

Presenting the New TruthDialogue

For the third time in as many years this website has undergone a significant overhaul. This year’s update makes some changes that I think have been overdue for some time. Let’s review:

  1. The high contrast white on black scheme was cheesy and hard to look at. This new interface is cleaner and simpler. ‘Nuff said.
  2. There used to be simply too much information across the entire site. The content has been greatly reduced this go-around, so hopefully everything that needs to be said is said and all the static is gone.
  3. The site is less specific in terms of intended audience, purpose and subject matter. Hopefully this will liberate me to speak on a wider set of topics to a wider potential audience. Hopefully…
  4. Lots of changes took place beneath the hood. Nerds will appreciate it more than non-nerds.
  5. There is significantly less cheese involved now.
So there you have it. I will continue to optimize and update over the coming days and weeks as I find time. My goal is to blog more often, but instead of the blog being focused on a very specific set of topics I plan on expanding its scope, but we’ll see. My hope is that you come along for the ride.

Blog Updates

I do my best to try and keep this blog fresh with both new content and new features. One of the sections that I have recently been focusing upon improving is the “Blog Quick Links” section which appears on the left just beneath my blogger profile. This topical index saves you time by organizing important past posts in an easy and accessible way.

Here is a list of recent and upcoming updates for you to check out and keep and eye out for:

  1. The Creation vs. Evolution topic has been changed to Science & Technology in order to accommodate blog entries concerning science/technology in general instead of just the specific creation/evolution debate.
  2. The blog quick link list will highlight the link you are currently on for easier navigation.
  3. Each blog quick link page will display a paragraph summary of the topic at the top of the page.
  4. Each individual link to the blog entries listed on every blog quick link page will display a brief synopsis of the entry’s contents when you hover over the link with your pointer.
  5. Plus other interface and technical tweaks not mentioned here.

 For a sample of all the changes mentioned above, check out the Science & Technology page now.

As always, I invite you to check back and see the changes taking place, and I welcome any comments or suggestions you might have. Feel free to leave a comment below.

    Blog Updates

    Ok, so the update I warned you about the other day is now complete. This blog’s address is now blog.truthdialogue.com. If you go to the old address (www.truthdialogue.com/blog) you will see a message informing you of the change and you will be redirected to the new address.

    For feed subscribers, please update your feed subscriptions to:

    Atom: http://blog.truthdialogue.com/feeds/posts/default
    RSS: http://blog.truthdialogue.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

    Sorry for any inconveniences this may have caused you.

    Upcoming Blog Changes

    This is an FYI regarding changes coming to my blog. Blogger, the service I use to publish content to my site, is shutting off their FTP service (the service that does the publishing for me), which means I am being forced to reconsider how I publish content for you to read. I only mention this so that – in the event that you come to this site one day and things are acting funny – you won’t freak out. I have a plan in place to make sure everything gets transitioned properly, but there may be a hiccup or two along the way. But be assured, my good and faithful readers, that I will get it all fixed asap.

    The changes should take sometime later this month. I’ll update you along the way as I am able. Stay tuned.

    November 2 Update

    Well, I have managed to miss the entire month of October. Oops. Sorry about that one.

    Here we are in November, though, and starting tomorrow we’re about to see what kind of political effect Barack Obama’s presidency has had on subsequent elections since he was elected into office. The governor’s races in New Jersey and Virginia are particularly interesting, and it looks very much as though the Republican candidates in both races will win, especially in Virginia.

    I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but think that tomorrow will prove to be just the first major step of a significant political backlash to this president’s and his Congress’ radical policies. The American people wanted something different from Bush, but I don’t think they wanted this kind of change. I know I sure don’t.

    Keep an eye out on the news tomorrow night as election results come in. And check back here for whatever commentary I might come up with.

    As always, take a look at my Why I Do Not Support Barack Obama list. No cheap shots. Nothing personal. Just real substantive reasons why I don’t support this president’s radical agenda and why I believe he is bad for our country. That’s all.