I’m approaching entry number 2000 on my personal blog. It is filled with thoughts and reflections and has become a sort of diary I’d hate to loose in case something were to happen. As a result of that, lately I’ve been thinking on and off about how to counter this.
As a start I see two immediate challenges.
– Smaller issues are solved by restoring a backup. Due to all migrations between ISP’s, technical changes and upgrades I’ve been doing over the years, I feel I’m quite ready in that regard.
– A bigger problem however is what would happen if a more major problem would arise, such as WordPress being rendered completely non-functional for any reason, or for prices to rise to such a level it becomes too expensive to continue to host the data online.
One way of preserving the data would then be to print it. Initial cost but less or none long-term monthly cost. But can I do this?
Is there a plugin that allows me to print several thousand entries and even more thousand papers in an effective way so nothing is lost or forgotten and chronology of printing is preserved without having to open every single entry and print them manually one by one? I need to look into this.
Meanwhile, we’re approaching New Year’s Eve and a new year in 2015, it’ll be exciting to see what this will bring, now that I’ve tried resuming writing more often after a year or two with less activity. It’s so easy to think I can write things down later, and then they’ll pile up and it won’t get done and after a few weeks or months it’s all forgotten. And it is nice to be able to browse through historical notes as a remembrance of what we did, when and where, and why.
The last week has seen some major updates, all four blogs updated to WordPress 4.1, lots of themes updated, some plugins also maintenance updated. But of most interest was the newsflash of three new themes, Twenty Fifteen, Museum and Radcliffe.
The last two won’t really work on this blog since it’s more text-focused and only a few pictures, but for this I found the new Twenty Fifteen to work quite well. It felt somewhat odd to have the header on the left instead of on the top so I haven’t yet found a suitable image of right size and where the color doesn’t drown the text in the sidebar, but that can wait.
On the downside so far is that the Twitter gadget in Twenty Fifteen looks really ugly, and the updates don’t seem to work at all, or at least so slowly that I’m not sure if it’s usable, instead I quickly changed to the Twitter timeline widget, which seems to work well except that I can’t so far make it wide enough for my liking.
As for Museum and Radcliffe, in themselves they look really great, so I’m testing them on my photoblog and my other private blogs to see if they’re working out well enough to keep.
I’m not yet a friend of the new editor nor have I tested the new dashboard ferature to join all blogs into one, I’ll see how much spare time christmas holidays will give me.
This is a simple experiment. I am trying to break the total facebook-dominance of my life.
Facebook is easy to use, and therefore becomes almost an addiction, yet at the same time it becomes harder and harder to avoid mixing professional and personal life there.
Ideally I should see more real life and less digital life, but in this case I am trying to diversify, to explore other means of publishing myself and the different aspects of me that I wish to share with different audiences.
In this case it’s more professional than my personal thoughts, saved elsewhere.
And I can also allow myself to more explore the new technical features and functions that tend to emerge on the web, something that did not quite fit into the mindset of my other blog. As a side effect it would also potentially allow me to explore the possibilities of geolocation, photostreaming and other similar features.
I will not discard my old blog in favor of this, I hope. My intention is to let them complement each other, maybe I will move some content from there to here where suited. I will see how the experiment turns out.