Change can be good. No, really.

Lisa Mendez' Knitters as the superior species 2/2010

Knitters as the superior species

Glad to see you found your way here!

I’ve been meaning to do this for quite some time and now, circumstances have conspired to push me out of the increasingly uncomfortable Blogger nest.  No more publishing via FTP unless I host with you?  No easy template control unless I change my blog to your approved format?  Since I’ve become too expensive for Blogger, I’m building a new spot on WordPress.

Before any misunderstanding lands me in hot water, let me explain “too expensive.” In the email sent out to those of us publishing via FTP, Blogger said the cost of supporting what they say is a tiny minority of users is a drain on their resources. Or something like that:

“FTP remains a significant drain on our ability to improve Blogger: only .5% of active blogs are published via FTP — yet the percentage of our engineering resources devoted to supporting FTP vastly exceeds that.”

I’ve been working out the kinks for the past few days, spending way too much time on the how-to bits and bobs.  I think I’ve finally fine-tuned my layout (but not the comment functionality), which is why I figure it’s almost time for the big reveal.  You’ll find a similar layout to the old site, with Search, Archives and Patterns on the right sidebar.  I’m pretty sure all previous posts and comments made it over the wall too.

Although I’ve spent a lot of time on this revamp, I haven’t stopped with knitterly activities.  I spent last Friday night knitting with my friend Lisa at her studio.  This was after I walked around documenting the “Now You See It, Now You Don’t” exhibit at the Flatiron building in Chicago’s Wicker Park.  Each artist did a temporary piece that reflected his or her permanent work.  Lisa’s a textile and fiber artist (and knitter), hence  her painting of “Knitters as the superior species.”

Enough said.

9 comments to Change can be good. No, really.

  • lovin your new home.
    i look forward to poking around now… and coming back OFTEN for visits!
    so glad to see you. 🙂

  • I like the new look! I have no idea what FTP is, but I know Michael will know. But do I want to listen to a geek lecture?…
    Cool painting.

  • I like your redesign! Great idea!

  • lu

    love the new layout!! you have inspired me to rethink mine. not that i am ready for the change, but i will now start brainstorming on what it would look like. and often, that is the first step to something great!

  • Looking forward to visiting you at your new home at WordPress!

  • Jodi

    Welcome to your new digs! I’ll have to check out that exhibit — sounds very neat. Plus I always like a chance to go to Milk & Honey in WP. 🙂

  • What a great painting!
    I like the lay out of your new webpage. It gives the same familiair feeling as the former one. I will be paying lots of virtual visits to your new ‘home’.

  • You are too expensive for blogger? Oh my, Now I’m going to worry about that one. Will they come after me?

    I tried wordpress some time ago and wasn’t thrilled but that just could be my propensity to drag my feet and kick and scream over anything new…
    Keep me posted on your changes, hon!

    • Karen B.

      I should have better explained my “too expensive” comment. Blogger emailed those publishing via FTP saying, in part, “FTP remains a significant drain on our ability to improve Blogger: only .5% of active blogs are published via FTP — yet the percentage of our engineering resources devoted to supporting FTP vastly exceeds that. On top of this, critical infrastructure that our FTP support relies on at Google will soon become unavailable, which would require that we completely rewrite the code that handles our FTP processing.”

      If you are not publishing via FTP, then no worries, dear Sallee.