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This is the day

Well, this is the day. My old blog DWS@Large at Typepad is now pretty much history.

I’ve moved most of the past posts over here via the Squarespace blog importer but the old site will just sit until the hosting runs out in July. 

I’m in the middle of a NaBloWriMo exercise and given that we’re getting close to the end of the month, I might just finish it off here. 

We’ll see. Just getting started with this here new site. Once I get the domain redirect done, we’re good to go.

Later….

Time for a Change?

I’ve been humming and hawing about what to do next with this blog (physically, that is). It’s not that I don’t like where it’s hosted, it just seems some other options may have more flexibility or be easier to set things up. You might say I’m reassessing.

I’ve spent the morning looking at WordPress (both .com and .org) and Squarespace as alternative ways to host it. Some options are more expensive and some are definitely cheaper, so that brings me back to the question of just what I want to do with it and how much I want to spend. The trouble is, that all seems to keep changing right now.

On one hand, I’d like to have a photography portfolio that shows off some of my best work. I also want a blog and a few pages that highlight the business and the relationships that business might build over time.

As time goes on and more income starts to flow, I expect I’d move the photography portfolio over to one of the commercial sites dedicated to that and keep the main site as a blog and information pages – all integrated, of course.

I know most bloggers swear by a self-hosted WordPress site. I just don’t know if I want to spend my time keeping it and all the plugins up to date and secure.

Time will tell, I guess. I might explore a bit more with Typepad and then use up some free trial time at Squarespace and WordPress.com. That might answer my questions about what I actually need and how the backends of those sites facilitate that.

We’ll see how it all goes. Lots to think about over the next while.

Distracted

What’s new over the last month?

A Posterous account.

I found this while reading Steve Rubel. It’s dead simple. Just send a note off to post at posterous.com and the site sets up a blog for you, based on your email address. A return email gives you the relevant access information, but you can just keep sending things via email to build your blog. You can even embed pictures and links to other sites you’ve found.

You can watch your blog grow anonymously, or login to explore some of the other features. You can automatically update your other sites like facebook and twitter with your posts (or links to them), or subscribe to other posterous blogs. More to come, I’m told.

You can also sign in and post online, or use the new iphone app picposterous. Either way, posting is a snap, and the site includes an RSS feed. Nice.

Want a collection of the pictures you’ve taken at an event? Picposterous/posterous will build you a gallery based on the pictures you send. They will all be contained in a single post, with the title based on the Picposterous album name. I’m still trying to figure out how to delete individual pictures from the gallery, but in general, it works like a charm.

So cool.

A twitter account.

I swore I’d never do it, but … I did. What can I say.

Now that I’ve learned more about Twitter, I’m starting to see some value. Within a few minutes of signing in, I’d found some friends and a couple of local photographers, heard about some folks that were looking for a photographer, and got very confused about all the RT, @, D and #FF stuff littering tweets 😉

It’s getting better now. I’ve settled in with Tweetdeck and Tweetie on the desktop and iphone for now. We’ll see how it goes.

The next goal will be to tie everything together somehow. Typepad, Twitter, Posterous, and perhaps Facebook.

We live in interesting times.

There’s nothing like success to make your day

I’ve got this blog up and running on my new url!

I’m not all that happy with my current business name: DW Summers and Company. It’s hard to say, long and time consuming to write on checks, and doesn’t really say much about what I do. All in all, it’s kind of boring. So I’ve come up with an alternative that I’m working on: Donsca Communications. The last part may change, but the rest stands for Don S(ummers) Ca(nada). And that’s me.

So I registered the url a few weeks ago. Not really sure what to do with it, but for a start, I thought I’d map it to this blog.

That was the start of the adventure.

I know nothing about setting up a dns server, so it was off to the web for research. Oops, all gobbledygook to me, so I just browsed through some overview articles supplied by Typepad and a couple of other sites.

Wait, it didn’t actually sound that hard to make a cname change. I went to my registrar, clicked past the warnings about messing with your dns, and got to to the first screen. It asked one question that had to be answered before moving on, “what region is this for?” Well, I had no clue. It could have been anything, so I backed up and gave up on that route.

Just the other day I ran into a free dns server and thought I’d give it a try. I entered the url http://www.donsca.ca, chose to add a value, entered my Typepad information in the cname field, and left it to do its work after pointing to the site from my registrar.

Two hours later, I was able to confirm the change through a dns search. Not bad, considering Typepad suggested that it might take up to 48 hours. Anyway, I finished the mapping changes at Typepad and before I knew it, this blog had the new url, all the links seemed to work, and all was well.

The name of the blog hasn’t changed. It’s still DWS@Large: Building a life and building a business, one day at a time. That’s what I’m up to these days, and who knows where it will lead. This is just one more step.

 

Looks like we’re back in business with Ecto

_DSC3655-3A while back, I (and others) ran into issues with the Flickr plugin in the Ecto offline blog editor for the Mac. The developer couldn’t duplicate the results we were getting, but he/she persisted. After some help from a poster in the forums with much more technical savy on the Mac than me, there seems to be a fix. This is my first test of the new improved version.

Well done Adriaan. Must have been hard figuring it out without being able to duplicate it yourself.

Bloggers can pick up Ecto here: http://illumineX.com/mac/

It’s never easy

Starting with a new program always means adapting to its foibles. It seems Contribute is no different.

The first few posts to Typepad and Blogger went off without a hitch . The first time was a snap, but now I’m back after Xmas, things are not quite as rosy.

A Blogger blog I have doesn’t seem to work now. All I get is a message saying there is an error, or I’m not logged in. Perhaps the upgrade to the new Blogger format there has something to do with it. I saw something in the help section that there are 3rd-party programs using an older api. Patience, I guess.

Typepad still seems to work.  Well, we’ll see at the end of this post, won’t we. There is one other private blog that won’t let me in, so I guess I’ll have to see about getting them to fix that.

All said and done though, so far Qumana has been foolproof. I’ve managed to post on all the blogs I’ve tried so far. Might have to stick to that, rather than Contribute for blogs. We’ll see. That might go against the grain at work. 

Happy Birthday, Blog

You’re one year old, dear blog. As of July, that is. Hard to believe, but congratulations.

So, what have I learned?

I havent posted much: 60 some odd posts; around one a week for the most part, and that was in spurts.

I’ve gone from 0 to around 434 visits. I doubt many of those are regular readers, given the frequency of posting. Might help if I selected a niche instead of just posting what I’m thinking about. But I don’t seem to be there yet.

Through the comments, I’ve run across a couple of blogs that I wouldn’t have experenced. Thanks guys. theBizofknowlege and dragonspeed.

The visitor count jumped over the last 6 months or so. Not sure why.

I have lots of work to do if blogging is going to be a part of my life. Less time reading, and more time participating. At least that’s what I’ve heard from too many bloggers to link to. But here’s a popular one anyway. It’s a good place to learn.

Onward and upward as they say.

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