It’s my website’s 12th anniversary

Earlier this month (on August 7th to be exact), my website turned 12. Yes, I've been writing and publishing online since 2000! I also got two unexpected gifts around the anniversary date. One of my articles got featured on the home page of WordPress.com (in the Freshly Pressed section). It was the second time I [...]

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here's a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 340,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at [...]

Keynote video from State of the Word 2010

If you haven't yet seen the "State of the Word" keynote from WordCamp San Francisco, held on May 12, then it's worth a watch. Matt Mullenweg, WP's founder, talks about WP's history, the challenges of a growing platform, and highlights the neat features of WordPress 3.0, which will soon be released. I've been a big [...]

SmugMug now supports oEmbed

According to this GetSatisfaction discussion, SmugMug have implemented support for oEmbed. When I first tried it a few weeks ago, putting a one-line URL in a WP.com post didn't show the video, but it worked on WP self-installs. Still, you had to hack the URL by prefacing the video URL from the address bar with [...]

TechCrunch is now at WordPress.com

When did TechCrunch make the move to WordPress.com? I took a look at the top WP.com blogs today, and it was listed there, which means it's no longer self-hosted, it's literally at WP.com, under their VIP hosting program. I did a quick search of their site, but they say nothing about their migration. I can [...]

Better media width compatibility in WordPress

One thing that works against you when you want to try out new WordPress themes (and this applies for either self-hosted WP installs or for WP.com blogs) is the width of your media, like the images you upload for your blog posts. Many themes are narrower than the width you may have chosen for your [...]

Site migration complete

Last night, I completed what could be called an unusual site migration. I went from a self-hosted WP install to WP.com. That's right, my full site is now hosted at my WP.com account. People usually migrate from WP.com to WP self-installs after their site gets big and they decide they want more options, like the [...]

Are you really backing up your WP blog?

When those of us with self-hosted WordPress blogs back up our content using the built-in WXR functionality, do we ever check the downloaded XML file? Until recently, I didn't worry about it. I'd click on the Export button, copy the WXR file to a backup folder and think my blog was safe, but I was [...]