Monday, April 19, 2010

I've been screwing around with this blog for about nine years now. It's been a great outlet from time to time; this movable feast has served as screed, journal and family bulletin board for almost a quarter of my life.
I haven't written much for a long while, partially because of personal issues and cursed laziness, but also for the past month or so because I've been thinking about how to save the blog. Blogger is changing services and eliminating key elements for those who use separate servers for content. I'm one of those people, and have been for about seven of those nine years.
To tell the truth, I can't really figure out how to get Blogger to behave in such a way as to preserve the format and content of my blog and then migrate it to some other mechanism to keep things going with continuity and the same addressing and archives. I haven't the time or, really, the gol durn energy to wade through all of the technical crap involved.
So what will I do in the next eleven days to fix the problem?
I don't know. As with so many aspects of my life these days, I might just ignore it and let it slip into the obscurity it probably deeply deserves. I have complete backups of the writings and thumbnails up until last summer, and I might be able to cobble something together to preserve the remaining bit for the family in some form.
I'm still not happy, though. I've put a tremendous amount of energy into this weblog, both in photos and in verbiage, over the years. I've provided a bit of information and quite a few photos for the web and Google results pages for the better part of a decade. Now, unless I happen upon a miracle or a bunch of time off to the side of the road, my seven hundred some odd entries will become broken links and then disappear from the intarwebs.
It might be for the best of all that this odd little sand painting becomes dust in the wind before I had planned. It doesn't matter much when cast against the walls of ruined temples. Nevertheless, It is my current public contribution. I'll try to do something about it, but if nothing else, these last few posts before Mayday might become the muffled squeaking swansong of Bloggenpucky...


Anonymous said...

'Twould be a terrible thing, please say it isn't so.
(Easy for me to say, I couldn't do the first thing about setting up a blog, let alone have the ongoing "sticktoitiveness" to keep it going.)
I hope you're able to find some way to keep it going to some extent and that it doesn't take more time than you have in your busy life in fine old Springtown.


adam said...

Don't worry 'bout my dispatches going away; at the very least, I could just sort of retire and archive the old bloggenpucky with it's old architecture, then create a new blog using a newer methodology. I just really like the old girl and would like to keep the continuity going.
We'll see, dad.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora brother,
The thought of your presence not being here, even when in relative dormant periods, is sad indeed. There is history here, and I find much pleasure, particularly when disabled as such currently, in discovering the tracks. Is it possible to set up your own web site and transfer data across? I uderstand there is no doubt cost involved in domain names and such, yet I have often wondered if it is not the way to go. One day no doubt Blogger will try and cash in on this.
Anyway, thinking of you and the Coyote over that way patrolling the land and pondering things. Sending thoughts to you both, keep an eye on that wounded one. I am trying to forge a path for him out here. Kia kaha Adam.