I Finally Kicked Movable Type to the Curb (5 Years Later)

March 3, 2010

in #Tech,News,Personal

I’ve been extra quiet lately, not because I don’t have much to say but because my blog was driving me NUTS for the past 3 months.

How Movable Type 5 Made My Blogging Life Miserable

I was previously on Movable Type 5, but ever since the upgrade, the system was more taxing than it needed to be. The WYSIWYG editor was working and accurate whenever it decided to act right. Many plugins weren’t compatible anymore (not like I used many). Spam was annoying. It became such a huge production to make changes to the site (publishing, editing sidebars), and it got to the point where I didn’t want to be bothered with blogging. Horrible, especially when I’d been tapped to blog for the GRAMMYs, among other things (my GRAMMY wrap-up post is long overdue). It got so bad I was cheating on all of you and Tumbling regularly over on my tumblog.

Migrating to WordPress Isn’t Fun Either

I’ve been using WordPress regularly over at VerySmartBrothas for the past two years, and I have themed WP sites previously. I knew switching to WordPress would make my blogging life easier. Still, I wasn’t looking forward to migrating my content to WP. Sure, the export and import process is simple (for me), but moving to WordPress meant I would have to fight with .htaccess and Apache things that make me want to throw things across the room. I already did this when I upgraded to MT5. Not to mention, my image URLs are all messed up, and I need to fix them.

Sigh.

Under Construction

So, yeah. This theme/layout? Me no likey. I mean, it gets the job done, but it’s not really something I put too much time into today. I am using the Thesis WordPress theme, and I threw some (okay, one) color on it, but that’s all I can do right now. Thesis is a great theme for beginners looking to customize something for themselves, but I need to spend more time reading the documentation if I want to trick it out to something more lovely. Or, I can spend time designing my own theme from scratch. Neither of these options are happening this week, though, so I am Under Construction until further notice. I just needed to break myself from the shackles of MT5.

Back to Blogging!

Now that I can get in and out of blogging easily, I will resume blogging on a semi-normal schedule. I’ve been thinking a lot about what this blog is for and what I should write in it. I’m most accustomed to writing about myself (I was ego-blogging before ego-blogging started), and I have no desire to turn this blog into a tech-only blog. I might move my tech stuff to it’s own blog, or keep it mixed in with everything as usual. Either way, regularity is what I’m looking for at the moment.

I Still Love You SixApart

This isn’t meant to be a SixApart (the makers of MT) bashing post. I have long been a faithful MT user, and MT Pro member. I just can’t use MT5 without going insane on my own blog, nor do I need all of MT5′s community features. I don’t have the patience to wait on their team (or the community) to make some updates to the newest version. I’ll keep hope alive for SixApart, but they seem to be at their best if you’re using their premium or enterprise products.

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Lynne d Johnson March 10, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Man…this is so why I don’t blog. I’m still on MT 3.3 and haven’t updated in forever. My design is also completely limiting. Definitely thinking of migrating to WordPress, but will need to find some help in getting there. But it has to happen hella soon. I can’t take it anymore.

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