I Have Moved!

I will keep this short and sweet. I have moved from jamesmichie.blogspot.com to jamesmichie.com/blog.

My blogging platform of choice is WordPress. I have a bit of minor tweaking left to do but the bulk of the work is done and I am pretty happy with the results.

I believe that I have migrated my Feedburner feed correctly so there should be no need for anyone to update. However, I will publicise the move as much as possible over the next couple of weeks just in case.

One thing that does not seem to have worked as well is Disqus. My comments are here in the Disqus WordPress Plugin page but they are not appearing below the relevant posts. It may simply take some time for the migration to take place, so I am not going to worry about it too much until tomorrow.

I would be very interested to know what people think about the redesign. Please comment below!

[UPDATE] I am slowly editing some of my older posts as the import from Blogger into WordPress has done some funny things with some of the paragraphing. I am also updating some of the links. I have also installed the Blogger to WordPress redirect plugin and now if anyone visits jamesmichie.blogspot.com or any individual post they will be redirected here to the matching post or page. I am waiting to hear from Disqus about sorting the permalinks of about 20 comments or so that are not displaying below the relevant posts. Overall, though, I am very happy with the way my new home is looking! 🙂


This blog [jamesmichie.blogspot.com] will be moving to a new home very soon.

I spent several hours yesterday afternoon/evening tinkering with both WordPress and Posterous and have concluded that WordPress will be my platform of choice. I am going to use Posterous for a future #365 project and with my students due to its ease of use. As @stevegillott put it, Posterous is more of a “fire and forget thing”. Which is great for newbie bloggers but does not suit my needs.

I have already set up the WP blog and it is under construction. My new home is “jamesmichie.com/blog” and you can follow its progress over the next few days as I set it up. I have already transferred two of my static pages from this blog. I have added follow buttons, a CC license, search box, TweetMeme button and I have teaked the CSS chnging the font to Helvetica and the colour of hyperlinks.

When will the move be finished? It is my hope to have the move complete by the end of the weekend. My next full blog post will hopefully reach you from my new home. 🙂

Should I Move My Blog?

Having bought the domain jamesmichie.com and spent some time creating a landing page, I would like to move my blog to jamesmichie.com/blog. However, Blogger will not allow me to do this as it is neither the original domain nor is it a sub-domain. Therefore, I have been left with a choice. Keep my blog where it is and redirect from jamesmichie.com/blog (as it does now) or move my blog to a different blogging platform. This could be quite a bit of work and is therefore not an easy decision to make.

When I am struggling to make a decision I turn to mind mapping, so I can way up the pros and cons. Here is what I came up with this morning over a cup of coffee:

should i move my blog

What do you think? Stick with Blogger? Move to WordPress? Or move to Posterous? Your thoughts and comments are welcome.

To view the mind map as a downloadable PDF click here.

Boo #4: Blogging

What is your preferred blogging platform to use with students?

[Edit] Results of the poll were interesting. Posterous came out on top with 37% of the vote confirming its status as blogging platform of the moment. It was followed by WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr. However, no one platform gained a majority of votes reflecting the diversity of blogging experiences across my PLN.



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WordPress or Blogger?

WP or BL

Today’s post was going to focus on my first classroom and what it meant, having a classroom to call my own but I will save that for next week as I got a little sidetracked, moving my blog from WordPress to Blogger.

Yes, after just two posts I have moved my blog from WordPress to Blogger today.  I have been using Blogger since 2006, posting resources, links and ideas on my school media blog here.  It has served me well but I had been impressed by some fellow educators’ blogs on WordPress so I thought that I would give it a go.  However, sitting working on the blog today, attempting to edit the look and feel of it, I ended up being very frustrated.

The move from WordPress to Blogger is simply due to the fact that I do not wish, at this moment in time, to buy a domain for myself; my funds need to go elsewhere.  Furthermore, Blogger offers far more freedom and control over the look of my blog at no extra financial cost whereas WordPress wanted me to pay to edit the CSS features of my blog.  This made the move a no-brainer for me. I do not want to pay out money each month to make the blog look and work for me the way I want it to when Blogger will let me do this for free.  This is not to say that Blogger does not have its own limits but these are not so plentiful that I feel I need to use a service in which money needs to be exchanged to achieve my goals.

I hope that I have not confused too many people?  I will keep tweeting that I have moved over the next couple of days to get the word out!