This is the first post coming to you through the WordPress installation on norconk.com. I’ve spent far too much time in the indecision of how to design my site. About two years ago, I had it all set up how I liked it, but then wanted to convert it to script and database driven. I made the mistake of taking down the ‘finished’ version in favor of my work in progress version. Bad idea!
Site stayed in a stagnant, incomplete version for a year or more. I wanted to code everything myself, so I could make everything perfectly customized. The problem was that this took a huge amount of time, and resulted in what would generally be considered sub-par results, primarily because I am not a software person.
I have now given in and decided that maybe I didn’t need to custom write everything myself. I’ll settle for customizing the styles and leaving the database management to people talented in that area.
I have imported all my old LiveJournal entries, comments and all. I did go through and sweep them individually, deleting anything that was previously private or excessively inane. Next step will be importing all the entries that were made on my web site years ago.
That brings me to what I see as the true benefit of this move. I’ve always wanted to keep my own web site – for pictures, videos, updates, etc. But LiveJournal had the edge as far as posting ease. This means that for the last few years, any current updates from me came across the LiveJournal and the web site got ignored. Now, I can post here and have it mirrored in the LiveJournal account, although I will probably continue using LiveJournal for the more useless posts directed at specific people I know which are not useful or interesting to the general public.