OK, come in I will make a cuppa it’s time to make yourself comfortable.
I was having a few issues with Squarespace and after much thought I decided I was dissatisfied enough to leave. The reason I was so hesitant to move is that to date there are over 3,800 posts in this blog. That is not typo. Each post has images associated with them sometimes up to 10! Why is this an issue? When you transfer a blog you can import the text (all the posts) into a new platform but not the images. Some I was able to transfer by re-creating the directory structure but this did not work with all of them so much checking and reinserting images has been a lot of work!
First up whenever there is a change I get emails about the font being either too large or too small.
Here is a tip…
To change font size and make it larger on your key board press control shift and you plus sign all at once and your screen will be larger.
On a Mac press all at once command shift and your plus sign. If you want to make fonts smaller use minus.
There are a few changes.
If you glance your eyes along the tabs under the header at the top of the screen you will notice that TAST now has a FAQ that covers the guidelines and also has a growing list of stitches covered so far.
The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler has a FAQ page so I don’t have to repeat information about how and why it was made at the bottom of every post. The same page will act as and index to every section of the sampler.
The same applies to the Crazy Quilt details series that I am running about the Y2K I dropped the Button Box quilt. There is a CQ details FAQ that includes a list of blocks.
Some old stuff came under the delete button. For instance in 2010 each month I gave a way a desktop freebie that had a calendar on it so you could see that month at a glance. Since these are now of no use I got rid of them. Also some posts had dead links. Those that I noticed I either fixed or deleted. I know some people feel a blog should be left in tact as is but after 8 years of keeping one I can assure you sometimes a bit of a clean out is needed. I am also aware that there is still a lot of clean up needed!
I removed other past challenge pages because judging by the amount of email I got about them people found it confusing. Many thought they were old classes or challenges still running. The categories for these past challenges, are still in place however so if people want to browse using that method they can. Both categories and archives can be found in the sidebar.
You can also find a translate button at the top of the sidebar. Just under that is News in Brief section which will house news about future classes, challenges etc Current comments publish what has recently been approved on the site.
Once the site is fully shifted I will set an email option again and have RSS options etc (As I write this the domain has not yet shifted – when it is done then I will set up the feeds)
In the process of all this re-shuffling I found a lot of useful stuff that people could use so I will be highlighting resources I dug up from the archives. I also found numerous typos (WordPress will now highlight them for me). I have had more than one blushing moment rediscovering these!
Some Comments were lost Sorry
In order to move the blog I had to export all the post and re-import them here, then set about tidying up and reimporting images rebuilding the blog while also maintaining the old one. Having 2 blogs has meant that comments from the last few weeks have been lost. I am really sorry for those who left the comments. If they are TAST related please feel free to leave them again and point people to your site as readers love seeing what other people have done.
Comments are moderated by me not to censor but to keep spammers at bay, feel free to leave them.
For some strange reason when I imported the data each blog post came in with the date a day out! I fixed back to the start of this year and decided to leave the rest as I am sure people don’t really care.
I think that is all, we are back to normal TAST on Tuesday and I will get back into the swing of things as I also clean up the archives. Once again please if you left a comment in the last couple of weeks, particularly for TAST feel free to leave it again or to comment on the move too!