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A blog is born…again!

September 7, 2009

Well, hello there.  This is the NEW Drinking Bird.

I’ve been tossing around the idea of getting a new domain name and moving over to a WordPress theme for a while now.  I finally went and did it and over the last week or so I’ve been putting this site together.  Most of the comments you’ve left made the transition too!  but if you left a comment in the last week, it probably is gone.  Sorry.

I realize it’s a lot to ask of you, my faithful and beloved readers, to make the switch.  Rest assured, this is the last Drinking Bird domain you’ll ever need know, but it does require a little of you.  First, if you’re subscribed to my feed on Google reader or any other RSS feed service, you’ll have to re-subscribe.  Look up in the upper right corner and I should have that set up to accomplish this fairly easily.  Thanks!

Second, if you are one of the wonderful people who has linked to my old blog in your blogroll, I have to ask you to update that link.  My old blog will exists for a while, I haven’t decided exactly how long yet, but at some point in the next month or two it will be gone. This will be the only Drinking Bird blog you need know.  So, my blogging friends, if you would, please update my link.  I’m enormously thankful.

Other than that?  Stretch out, have a good time.  This page will likely change in small ways as I get it right as I want it, some of the older posts especially need a little formatting work that I’m getting to, but for the most part this is my new home.

Soooooo…what do you think?

  1. September 7, 2009 8:50 am

    Oh, “just another wordpress weblog”.


    As an old blogger blogger, I am seeing you change over to wordpress with mixed feelings.
    However, as you have surely thought long and hard about it and regard it as a wise step, I am inclined to agree: well done, Nate, and it seems you got everything running smoothly.
    I’ll now rush over to the “Causes” and “On Nate” sections, being the ever-active online stalker I am, and am looking very much forward to any new posts you have in the pipe: you’re an excellent blogger, the platform is merely a detail.
    Cheers, my friend!

  2. Nate permalink*
    September 7, 2009 10:29 am

    @Jochen- Thanks! My Google mojo is still a little funky and it will undoubtedly take a couple months to get back in the swing of things are far as traffic is concerned. But hopefully this will be the last time I have to do anything like this. Once is enough…

  3. September 7, 2009 8:39 pm

    Having your own domain should help in the long run, and the page ranking will come back as you continue writing and the site gets indexed. Whether WordPress is a better platform depends on an individual blogger’s needs. It’s more flexible than Blogger, but more demanding in terms of platform updates, spam control, and other site administration.

    I switched over my blogroll and feed reader, so I’ll still be reading.

  4. September 7, 2009 11:50 pm

    Umm, yeah. I can’t see the difference.

    On the serious side, congrats on the successful upgrade, may your Nigel Tufnel Google analytic settings go to eleven. The site looks and “feels” great!

  5. Nate permalink*
    September 8, 2009 9:02 am

    @John- Thanks! I think I’ve worked a little HTML magic and salvaged my google rating. I rigged it so that links to posts on my old blog should automatically route to the same posts on the new site. It’s working so far, fingers crossed.

    @Mike- Thanks! There was definitely some work that went into it, and more to come, but for the time being I’m pretty satisfied.

  6. September 8, 2009 8:22 pm

    I like it – simple and elegant design. I’m a WP groupy myself, but have to agree with Jochen that the best platform is the one that works for you.

  7. Nate permalink*
    September 9, 2009 7:07 pm

    @Wren- Thanks! There are definitely some idiosyncrasies I’m figuring out, especially with regard to media uploads, but I’m happy with it so far. I finally have a nice looking blog to go along with you, Mike, and Seabrooke on the NBN!

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