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Why Blogging Can Make You Sad

This has been an interesting day.

As I’m writing this I’m listening to music, and I can really relate to the lyrics.

Fling you out into orbit
No one’s going to hear you shout
And fool aren’t going to follow
You don’t need the sleaze about

Now you’re sad sad sad
Sad sad sad
Sad sad sad
But you’re gonna be fine

It’s a song by The Rolling Stones. It’s sad sad sad.

Are you ready?

It’s confession time.

Today. I’ve been confused.

But no tears.

Right now though, I’ve got a different feeling, a feeling of reassurance and relaxation.

The reason for all this, is that I’ve switched from using Drupal to using WordPress for this blog. It happened today.

Doing this switch, I lost all the comments to my blog posts.

I’m using the Disqus comments system, and it seems that all the comments are stored in their database, but since I’m using a different permalink now, I can’t restore them.

I can’t, because I have no clue what I’m doing.

Don’t worry. It’s not all bad.

The reason I’ve got a feeling of reassurance and relaxation, is because it feels like I’m starting over. It’s almost as if this blog is brand new.

Another reason why I was feeling sad, was because I switched permalinks.

Right this very minute, many of my visitors will feel confused, because they’re not going to find what they’re looking for.

That’s why I created an interesting 404 page.

With this 404 page, I think most of my visitors will find what they’re looking for. I’m using the Smart 404 plugin. And, I’ve added a redirection for my top 10 most visited blog posts. So, when people find them using Google or any other search engine, they will end up at the right blog post. I’m using the redirection plugin for this.

I feel like I’m back at where it all started, using WordPress and thinking about what I’m going to be writing next.

Blogging makes me sad when errors occurs, when I have to be coding, and when I have to stop thinking about writing.

Blogging is not always about the words. Sometimes, it’s not about the words at all.

11 responses to “Why Blogging Can Make You Sad”

  1. Tad Chef says:

    Why did you make the switch? I consider Drupal a solid CMS with good blogging features. Isn't it?

  2. As far as I know Drupal is a solid CMS and it's really good for blogging.

    My problem was that I had never used it before, and it was a lot of things I didn't know about. I had to get help several times in order to upgrade it to new versions. And I received several minor errors. It wasn't as easy to concentrate on blogging as I was hoping for. But I'm not blaming drupal, it's me ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sigridur says:

    Youยดll be just fine JP ๐Ÿ™‚
    Life always takes you forward!

  4. Sigridur says:

    Youยดll be just fine JP ๐Ÿ™‚
    Life always takes you forward!

  5. Susie says:

    CAn so feel you pain-got lots of grey hair when I switched to self hosting!

  6. Susie says:

    OMG-too many long lost hours. If I were to redo everything-I would pay a professional although there is some pride in figuring it out and learning new things (plus it gives you something to blog about lol)

  7. Hi Sigridur, you're absolutely right.

    Where in the world are you these days?

  8. self hosting is awesome, well, when everything works… I have stopped counting the hours I've been up at night trying to figure out what was wrong with my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Himanshu Chanda says:

    Hey buddy nice to see you joining the wp jungle back. A warm welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰
    The 404 page and ur pic both look cool

  10. Hi Himanshu,

    Thanks a lot. I'm back, and I won't leave wp again ๐Ÿ™‚

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