I did it… I officially converted my blog over to WordPress. Phew. There’s still a lot for me to do “behind the scenes” (tag and reformat my old entries, work on the sidebar) but I’ve gotten the installation to a place I feel good about. I also don’t LOVE this theme but it’s not an eyesore or anything like that so it’s fine for now (at least I hope it’s not).
My other big news is that I got a MACBOOK PRO over the weekend! YAYAYAYAY.
I know I haven’t been blogging much but I’m planning a big “life” post soon. Stay tuned.
Last Friday I had this BRIGHT idea to switch my current blogging platform from Movable Type to WordPress. I’ve wanted to do this for awhile now — I haven’t been very happy with MT (rebuilding the site after a layout change takes FOREVER) and wanted the functionality and ease of use that WP can offer.
So things started out well enough — I installed WordPress to a test site and I even managed to convert all my old entries. SCORE!
BUT THEN. This is when I could kick myself. I decided that none of the default WP themes would work for my site and I was too lazy to learn how to create a theme myself so I went tooling around the net for one that I liked. All of a sudden, pop-ups started coming out of nowhere and a freaking toolbar hijacked my browser. NOT COOL. I freaked out, screamed for Rob to help me, and he ran some anti-virus/spyware programs. ARGH. %$#@!*&%$
My laptop’s doing much better (thanks to the hubs) but this little episode has made me want a new laptop even more. Preferably a MacBook. Because it’s pretty (only kidding, kind of). I’ve had my Dell for 6 years now and it’s served me well but I think it’s about time… hmmm.
Anyway, I’m not sure when I’m going to officially switch my blog over to WP. I still haven’t found a theme I like… and I’m not about to go looking for one again. *sigh*
UGH. Hackers strike again.
So I spent a good part of the day reinstalling Movable Type and importing my old entries. WHAT A PAIN. Luckily I’m pretty diligent about backing up my files so I only lost the last entry… Boo. I’ll probably rewrite parts of it later cause I thought it was a good post!
Anyway, please excuse the mess around here… there’s a lot of broken links and images. I’ll get around to fixing them soon. I hope.
Eeek. I don’t know if anyone noticed but I had a bit of a domain scare this past week. I arrived home on Wednesday to check on my blog and found one of those dreaded domain placeholder pages. I forgot to renew my domain. !!! Luckily, my registrar let me renew it even if I was past the deadline. Phew. What a way to celebrate e-l.net’s 5th anniversary. YAY!
Anyway, I saw the movie Step Up recently and while it was mediocre (the dancing saved the movie for me), I must say that Channing Tatum is HOT and I would gladly watch this movie over and over just for him. ð It also had a pretty rocking soundtrack, mostly Pop and R&B songs. Here are a few of my favorites for your downloading pleasure —
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Ciara ft. Chamillionaire – Get Up
Petey Pablo – Show Me the Money
Samantha Jade – Step Up
Chris Brown – Say Goodbye (this one’s a “slow jam,” if you will)
I also watched the Justice Leage episode of Smallville and it was SO MUCH FUN. Cheesy but totally awesome. I haven’t watched the 4 episodes prior to this one (they’re saved on the Tivo) but that didn’t matter. It wasn’t really necessary to follow the storyline. The BEST part was when the Justice Leaguers walked away in slow motion from the explosion. SQUEE. I would totally watch a spinoff. (And apparently I’m not the only one — someone already put together credits for a JL-centric show). But does this mean that Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow is officially gone? I LOVE HIM. HE ROCKS. And he’s a big reason why I’m enjoying this season. Please tell me he’ll still be around. I don’t know if SMVL will still hold my attention without him.
Had to do an unexpected server move this weekend so lots of my sites/files are down at the moment… UGH.
Switching servers is a nightmare. And I’ve had to do it about 4 times in the past 4 years. I hope I never have to do it again.
Did some driving this weekend. I think I’m getting better. ð I’m more comfortable with speed and my turns are definitely improving. I still can’t park to save my life and unprotected left turns make me incredibly nervous but… I’m getting the hang of it. I actually enjoy it now, which is, seriously, a bit of a shock to me. I think I have to amend my goal of taking the driving test before my birthday… October is coming up TOO soon. Maybe by the end of the year? *shrugs* I’m hesitant to set another date… in due time, I guess. ð
Laguna Beach on MTV is my newest guilty pleasure. I know, I know… it’s a horrible show. BUT. They’re beautiful, spoiled, rich teenagers. Spending all their parents’ money. Clique wars. Love triangles. Oh man, how could I not love it?! I even asked Rob to rent the season 1 DVDs and rip them for me so I could watch the episodes I missed. I’m a dork. But I can’t miss one second of… Kristin flirting with her friends’ significant others and showing no shame whatsoever, LC fawning all over Stephen when he pays no attention to her, Jessica allowing Jason treat her like crap… Ahhh. So much drama. I LOVE IT.
So. The MTV VMA’s. A few random comments —
Why does P. Diddy (can’t call him Diddy yet — I just got used to calling him P. Diddy) always have a freaking toothpick in his mouth? I don’t get it.
I love Kelly Clarkson. She was so shocked when she won Best Female Video. “I don’t have a posse so I brought up my friend Ashley.” AWW.
OMG. MC HAMMER!!! NO. WAY. I’m impressed — the man can still dance. That was AWESOME.
Hilary Duff is WAY too skinny.
Not sure if I like Kanye West but I sure do like his music. Gold Digger is a catchy song.
I’m almost done updating this site. I cleaned out the cliques and adoptions pages since I haven’t even looked at those things in AGES. I deleted all my affiliates (sorry, guys) because half of the links were dead. And now I’m contemplating what to do about my joined fanlistings section. It’s out of control. A good majority of the listings have moved and I’m too lazy to find the new urls. I’m thinking I should just purge the whole thing and start over. Or maybe I should just get rid of it completely. I’m so indecisive. *sigh*
Damn. It’s time for bed. Do I really have to go to work tomorrow?
Just wanted you all to know that my sites may not be accessible for the next few days… I’m moving my domains over to a new server so I’ll be transferring files and updating the nameservers.
Cross your fingers that everything will run smoothly! ð Be back soon.
It seems that I spoke too soon…
I can’t get my entries to justify (grr!) and for some reason, the date stamp on the 2 entries I have here are the same (???). Anyone have any ideas about what I’m doing wrong?
EDIT — I’m an idiot. I set the date to be the current date and not the entry date. *head desk* And OMG, many many thanks to Lola for helping me figure out how to get my entries to justify. You rock!!! All is well in the land of e-l.net.
So I *think* I finally have everything in order around here — if you see a broken link or unfinished template, please let me know!
I’ve been MIA because some crazy person hacked into my Greymatter installation and uploaded tons of anime videos. $#@%!!! Because of that, I had to change my blogging software to Movable Type. I was actually dreading the change but now I’m an MT convert. geek>
The one thing I still have to do is import my 460 entries from Greymatter to MT. OMG. I contemplated starting fresh but I just CAN’T. LET. GO. I’ve been blogging since 2002 and I don’t want to lose a single TV-obsessed entry, hee.
YES!!! I got Movable Type installed! Now I just need to figure out how to customize the templates… *wibble*