To Blog, or Not to Blog?

William ShakespeareTo blog, or not to blog, that is the question“, or that was the question, and one that I’ve now clearly answered after much deliberation, but How and Why?

How?

This was the easy one. After a general trawl around the web and much Stumbling, it became plainly apparent that the blogging platform of choice was WordPress.

I already had my own domain (www.richardfarrar.com), which I’d had for quite a while, however this was presently being hosted on a Windows server running ASP scripting (WordPress requires PHP scripting and a MySQL database). So…

  • Step 1: Get a hosting account supporting PHP scripting and MySQL databases (supplied courtesy of Zen Internet).
  • Step 2: Convert my existing site from ASP to PHP.
  • Step 3: Play with WordPress themes to replicate my existing site as closely as possible.
  • Step 4: Crow-bar my existing pages into static pages within the WordPress framework.

…all ready to go. All I need now is content!

Why?

Well, I’m still not exactly sure what this blogging thing is all about, but have decided to take the plunge anyway and make it up as I go along.

Over the years I’ve been guided and assisted in my journey through cyberspace by a plethora of information on the web, posted by many selfless individuals. So I guess this blog is an attempt to redress the balance and give something back to the web community.

Hopefully I’ll have something worthwhile to say. I certainty won’t be posting entries about my cat. Probably because I haven’t got a cat, but the principle would remain even if I did, so no fear if I get a kitten for Christmas…

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Comments

  1. commented

    Hi Richard,

    Had to be the first to post I guess, love your new site and I’m looking forward to reading your articles. Having known you for many years I am sure you will be sharing plenty of information and views on many subjects. Looking forward to your next post.

  2. commented

    Hey Richard – what are you planning to post on your blog? I think mine is going to be my usual ramblings on my favourite subjects – pseudoscientific nonsense and trying to be green.

    Simon

  3. commented

    Hi Simon,

    Still in a state of flux at the moment, but some general internet / podcasting / web design / e-commerce / internet marketing stuff I guess together with a dash of social comment and maybe a side order of project management for good measure. Basically, stuff from my background and experiences that I can talk about without fear of talking out of my backside too much???

    Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind and do a U-turn at a moment’s notice, buy a cat and do a daily blog on it’s bowel movements :-)

  4. John commented

    Richard, this looks like you are getting off to a great start. I look forward to learning from your blogs!

  5. Hilary commented

    Hi Richard

    I have always wondered what blogging was, and now I have a little insight into it.

    Hopefully you can guide me through blogging as i think I want to set up a web blogging page.

    Hope all is well and we are having great weather.

    Love
    Hilary

  6. commented

    Richard
    I am not sure that blogging has much to do with Shakespeare I feel that mine will have more to do with Victor Meldrew – I cannot beleeeve it!!

    You have set out with Utopian views of technology – in contrast it looks more like Dystopia to me, but I am an Apple aficionado!

    It will be interesting to see how we each develop the view of our worlds.

    Peter

  7. commented

    We would just like to say Richard you have done a great
    job in setting up our website, and we find your blog page
    very very interesting and helpful.
    You have taught me so much in a short time, keep up the
    good work, I will continue to look at your blog to get hints and tips
    it will help me out no end, thank you.

    Louise Williams http://www.williamsheartfamily.co.uk

  8. commented

    You’re welcome Louise and thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you find the blog helpful. Hopefully I can maintain the momentum and keep finding useful things to talk about.

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