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TSS: Ending Bloggiesta

So, after all my excitement and progress on Friday, my fervor for bloggy improvements more or less died out on Saturday and continued dying today.  I just didn’t want to spend the entire weekend on the computer.  I’ve written most of my outstanding reviews, but that’s about all I got done, so I’ve only spent about five hours total on my blog.  But the big event did give me the impetus I needed to make the important change of moving my blog over to its new domain and fixing all the links, which was what I really needed to achieve anyway.  Thanks to Natasha at Maw Books Blog for hosting the event!

I appear to have focused on reading instead of blogging; I did manage to finish The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews.  I’m about to start The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner and I’m really looking forward to it.  I doubt I’ll read the whole thing today, but I definitely want to have a couple of hours with it this evening.  I also got a few things done around the house and we watched the USA vs England game.  I’m not really into the World Cup – or soccer – too much, but we figured since one of us was American and the other British that we should put forth effort.  Typically, it was a draw, probably disappointing people in both countries, but at least in my house we’re still even.

We’ve also given up the battle against the TBR around here.  Last week I purchased my very own TBR bookcase which, unsurprisingly, is already full.  Keith likes to think that I won’t buy new books until there’s space for them on there, but I think we all know what’s going to happen.  I can finally see all of my books since for the first time they’re not shelved double.  I officially have about 150 books here that are unread, which leaves a very scary number still at my parents’ house in the US.  I’ll be getting at least a few of those back here in July and it’ll be interesting to see just how many we can squeeze on there.  I’ll show off the bookcase in my next library loot post, coming probably on Tuesday!  I finally managed to read a few library books so I can head back there again tomorrow.

That’s all for me this week; I have a more contemplative Sunday Salon planned but I think I’ll save that one for next week.  I hope some good reads are ahead for you this week!

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How to 301 Redirect an Entire WordPress Blog (Bloggiesta – 1st Update)

Thought it would be a good idea to see where we are now.  Here’s the updated list.

  1. Make a spreadsheet of all current posts and links to make redirects easier.
  2. Change permalink structure to pretty URLs.
  3. Determine best way and then do 301 redirect pages, most recent posts, and most popular posts, noting changes in spreadsheet, and do five minutes or so every couple of hours to get more done. (if anyone else has done this before, advice would be greatly appreciated!)
  4. Change URL across internet – technorati, blogcatalog, etc.
  5. Catch up on reviews – do mini reviews of anything over 2 weeks old, schedule over next week
  6. Check for updates on review policy, about me section
  7. Find plugin for and create sitemaps
  8. Update all “Read in” pages with books read and links to reviews, add 2010 page
  9. Post reviews across to LibraryThing and Amazon
  10. Added Google Webmaster Tools.

I’ve had Keith’s help for the first three because he actually knows what he’s doing.  First we moved the site over (after a backup) from chikune.com/blog to medievalbookworm.com officially and redirected all links on the old blog to go to the new one.  That’s just a line of code in the .htaccess file, which he did have to modify but should be easier for anyone who isn’t on a subfolder to start.  I found it just Googling.  Then Keith made a spreadsheet from the database of all the posts and links with the ugly URLs and we did another backup of different parts of the site.  Keith also had to fix my old images uploaded to chikune.com/blog in the database.  I then installed a plugin called Permalinks Migration and put in my old ugly URL structure (/%page_id) and saved that.  And, finally, I changed my permalinks and watched in awe as the entire thing worked and took way, way less time than I ever thought it would.

So, please let me know if any links around are broken or if any strange errors pop up at any time over the next few weeks.  It all seems to be working amazingly well here.  And if you’re using WordPress, change your permalinks!  It was amazingly easy once we figured out what we were doing, and if I hadn’t been moving my blog to a better domain it would have been even easier.

See you all tomorrow for the next six items on my agenda – I hope everyone else’s Bloggiesta is going as well!  I’ll be checking in the morning.

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Bloggiesta Starting Line

I didn’t participate in Bloggiesta the last time, so I’m quite excited to do it this weekend!  I have a ton of work to get done on my blog and I’ll be starting this evening when I get back from work (this post is going to help me organize!).  Most of my work is catch up and switching over my URL for real this time.

  1. Make a spreadsheet of all current posts and links to make redirects easier.
  2. Change permalink structure to pretty URLs.
  3. Determine best way and then do 301 redirect pages, most recent posts, and most popular posts, noting changes in spreadsheet, and do five minutes or so every couple of hours to get more done. (if anyone else has done this before, advice would be greatly appreciated!)
  4. Change URL across internet – technorati, blogcatalog, etc.
  5. Catch up on reviews – do mini reviews of anything over 2 weeks old, schedule over next week
  6. Check for updates on review policy, about me section
  7. Find plugin for and create sitemaps
  8. Update all “Read in” pages with books read and links to reviews, add 2010 page
  9. Post reviews across to LibraryThing and Amazon

I think that’s plenty for now – I also would like to get through three books this weekend (The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews) so we’ll see how much I can actually accomplish.

Good luck everyone!

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