Blog has moved to its new home

(again) .. I finally got round to moving my domain to a decent hoster (thank you so I have moved my blog entries back to its rightful place.

never fear if you have book marked a post previously you can find it .. thanks to the power of a handy rewrite rule in the htaccess file 🙂

I have a bunch of useful stuff to blog which I will crack on with over the next few weeks before hitting IBM Think!

If you find any issues please let me know 🙂

I’m back .. it’s been a while

Many of you may have noticed that I have been AWOL for a while.

I had much going on in my personal life and I would publicly like to thank my close friends for assisting me through that difficult time.

I am now back .. with a vengeance.

Since mid June 2012 :

  • I have lost over 36lb in weight – and I feel like a new person
  • Presented at UKLUG with a trapped nerve in my back – thanks to Bill Mal, Steve Mc D, Wild Bill especially for being so fantastic.
  • Changed jobs – I am now very pleased to be working with good friend and former college Stuart McIntyre as I am now a member of the fast growing Collaboration Matters Team.
  • I have dislocated my elbow – not recommended. It’s on the mend but has stopped me exercising 🙁

The next Social Connections user group is in 10 weeks, I have lots of exciting project work lined up, I will be going to not Lotusphere (Connect 2013) and I have additional trips planned to Disney World in Orlando next year.

Onwards and upwards and its good to be back

Tidying the blog

Today I decided to tidy my blog and to try and make a bit of sense out of all the *stuff* I throw up on this site ..

That is throw up as in post .. not as in .. well you know what I meen …

Anyways after much hacking and slashing at php files, creating new templates for pages, new side bars for said pages and eventually getting my head around functions again, I think I have myself organised.

The SocialShazza site now has two main topics .. Technology and Disney.

All of the Disney stuff can be found under the Disney heading, and all of the Connections related things can be found under the connections heading.
All blog posts will still appear on the front page, but I have made category pages for Disney and Connections to appear under their menus.

This means I can now highlight awesome new stuff like Paul and Gab’s Connections 101 and people can find it easily 🙂

I am hoping now that will mean that things will be easier to read and find here – although I am open to suggestions on keeping it tidy 😉 and that much of the Disney will be filtered out for those weirdo’s that don’t “Do” Disney – and for those of you that do all the wonderful Disney goodness is all in one place for you now 🙂

as Tigger would say TTFN – ta ta for now 😉

Sorry I couldn’t help myself

Back to word press – blogger migration and merging sites

I have decided to move back to using a word press blog again as you can see 🙂

The first task has been moving my old blogger blog over here – easy I thought .. hmmm actually although it should be, it did prove to be a slight pain in the bum.

Firstly the import tool doesn’t work too good, but after a little trial and error I managed to get to it work thanks to some awesome googleness for finding me the info I needed.

Step one:
Export the blogger blog to and XML file – super easy, log on to the blogger dashboard and export it

Step two:
Convert that xml to a format that word press 3.x.x can read – I found this page on the site which will convert the XML file to the correct format for you.

Step three:
Import the newly created WXR file and tidy up the content – I added some new categories etc. This tool worked brilliantly – imported comments, attachments etc 🙂

Step four:
Set your blogger site to redirect to the new wordpress site. This page was fantastic – has some very simple instructions to generate a blogger template to redirect the blogger site to wordpress.

My second task has been merging my Disney related blog over, seemed a bit daft having multiple blogs. I have merged my Disney realted wordpress one to this site too. Created some Disney pages, categories and tags, allowing me to have one site for multiple topics. I was thinking at least that way people can filter the Disney out if they want to.

The third task will be moving the domino blog over here – not sure how long that will take, I am hoping that the mighty Stuart McIntyre will come up with something snazzy or I may need to chat up my friends in the Lotus community. At some point 3 blogs become one – hopefully very soon.