We’re back! v5.238

There is a part of me that wants to start a blog that just contains blogs posts about the future of the blog and things that are planned, yet never delivered. Creativity would be high, but long term caring would be tough..

So, in an attempt to not actually re-produce that blog here (yet this very post is in that general theme), we’ll keep this one short and concise.

Are we back? Yes.
Who is “we”? The guy writing this, and his brain – sometimes singular, yet sometimes not…
Why are we back? Figured some things out.
Like what? Well, things like massive blog posts take a lot of time, but Twittering doesn’t. Big blog posts can provide much content/context/etc., but tweets cannot. Blog posts can be any number of characters (*DING!*), but Twitter posts can only be 140 characters…
So what? That means I don’t have to spend hours cranking out a blog post, but I can provide more than a tweet for things that need more. Blog posts from now on will be greater than 140 characters, yet less than my previous novel-like posts. Frequency should increase, and anything that is an ongoing theme/exploration can be split into bite-size posts where they can be re-explored with new things learned since the last post on the subject.
Are you going to change your theme 10 times and blog about it each time? No. Theme stays for a while and it should meet the needs of the new posting concept (new to me anyways).
Do you still have readers? I have no idea.

Ok, that’s it – and yes – I have posts lined up.

LOGICal eMOTIONs – Upgraded to WP 2.5!

Sun and Signs - sandman

Thought I might drop a quick note about how we’re now up on WordPress 2.5 so if you see anything that doesn’t quite look right/work – please do tell (I also needed an excuse to try out the new post writing layout).

Oh, also as far as upgrading, I used the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin which worked brilliantly!

WordPress automatic upgrade upgrades your wordpress installation by doing the following steps.

  1. Backs up the files and makes available a link to download it.
  2. Backs up the database and makes available a link to download it.
  3. Downloads the latest files from http://wordpress.org/latest.zip and unzips it.
  4. Puts the site in maintenance mode.
  5. De-activates all active plugins and remembers it.
  6. Upgrades wordpress files.
  7. Gives you a link that will open in a new window to upgrade installation.
  8. Re-activates the plugins.

The simple fact that it makes a couple backups for you, and looks after the plugins (it found one that wouldn’t work), this plugin makes upgrading too easy.

For anyone who setup their blog using Fantastico, and has been using that to do all the upgrades, keep in mind that if you use this plugin Fantastico will no longer look after your upgrades for you. On the other hand, this plugin can be used for all future upgrades… I have yet to see WP 2.5 in the Fantastico listing, and nothing has notified me about the upgrade yet, so really the choice is yours: you can use the plugin and upgrade now, or wait for Fantastico to release the 2.5 upgrade. Use the plugin and you’re looking after future upgrades through the plugin – use Fantastico and it will remain the upgrade overseer. Personally? I’d use this opportunity to bail on Fantastico – works great for initial installs (quick and easy), however, I’ve run into issues with some of the upgrades and I just don’t trust it.

Photo by .: sandman