Category Archives: Site News

Site Issues: Still Working on It

As many of you have noticed, we have had some hiccups in moving the site from one server to another, but this move was necessary, and we will hopefully have things back to one hundred percent soon.

The first issue was we lost some comments, then I couldn’t publish posts due to a JavaScript error that would basically make my browser freeze for about two minutes before letting me stop the script, and then I couldn’t manage comments at all.

It reminded me of why I like moving WordPress blogs in a very specific way. Export from within WordPress, break down the export file into import files no larger than about 3-5MB, create a new WordPress blog on the new host, import the content, and move over the wp-content folder that includes images and plugins.

Of course you’ll be missing out on various settings and whatnot, but I have found this to be one of the quickest and cleanest ways to transition a WordPress blog over. It does come with its own set of problems sometimes, but I’ve had very few issues with it.

Anyone else have some WordPress moving tips? Let me know in the comments below.

Originally posted on November 3, 2008 @ 11:55 am

XFEP and Splashpress

Incase you hadn’t already noticed or seen, this blog is now owned by Splashpress Media. This might scare some of my readers, but I want you to know that nothing is going to change. It is still me, David Peralty here. I am still working with Grand Effect and their partners to make everything go amazingly on that end as well.

Splashpress Media will allow me to focus more on the writing, and not worry so much about other aspects of running this blog. They also helped me when I was in a financial pinch, so I owe them greatly. I have worked with Splashpress before, and so I am excited to see what they can bring to the table in terms of support. They hold a nice stable of popular blogs on blogging, and this one, while added to their stable, won’t be lost in the crowd. I have ideas and articles that I will be publishing that will focus on the things I have been learning, and feel bad that I’ve been giving out so many opinion posts that might not have been to your best benefit as of late.

My excuse is lame: I’ve been busy. But I want to thank you all for being so helpful, so patient, and I owe you all so much.

I want to thank Splashpress Media for their help, and if you have stuck around for the last two months, you’ve already seen the changes that Splashpress Media has made, and so this announcement will hopefully not change anything from your perspective.

Originally posted on December 9, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

BrandingDavid Update

I have been working on for a little while now trying to flesh out the consulting side of my business, but one thing I am learning is that in this economy, no one has $120 per hour to spend on learning blogging, online marketing, SEO and whatnot, and so I have been working on alternative plans.

Another thing someone pointed out to me is “why pay for your services when I have your blogging efforts as a great resource?”

This question took me back a little as I have given as much of my knowledge as I can over the last year of running this site especially, and if you are willing to dig around there are some amazing insights, at least I think so, but it might not be presented in a way that you can easily apply, and that is where I see myself getting most of my business, from breaking down the concepts that seem so simple to me, but don’t quite make sense in other people’s minds.

As for traffic, the site is only getting around two to five percent of what this blog is getting, and that is mostly due to my lack of promotion. I am not pushing that site as hard as I did this site, and because of that, I am seeing a much slower growth curve, but that doesn’t really concern me at this point.

The content distinction lines between this site and that site are very fine, and in creating it, I realized how much I enjoy talking about what I do as a career, the industry I am in, and the software I enjoy using.

If you haven’t launched a blog lately, give it a try, and see if it stretches you too thin, or if you enjoy writing on it. Passion for one topic can sometimes spill over into another, and BrandingDavid has reminded me how much I enjoy posting here as well.

Originally posted on November 3, 2008 @ 11:51 am

Branding David: Consulting and Speaking

Over the last few months, I have been fortunate enough to speak at two different events, and in doing so, I only increased my interest in speaking, training, consulting and teaching and so I have decided to build out a new blog called Branding David.

This blog won’t change, and will continue to talk about blogging, and building out blogs, advertising and podcasting, but on Branding David, I will talk about owning a small business, working for others, consulting, speaking at conferences and events, as well as other things that I have been interested in writing about, and never had a platform to do so.

If you enjoy this blog, I hope you will check out Branding David and let me know what you think of it.

Some posts that I have already written that people seem to enjoy include:

Originally posted on October 13, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

Updated the Uber Blogs List

If you hadn’t previously heard, I started my own list of ranking blogs about blogging, and there was a bit of a Google PageRank update lately, and so I have updated all of the rankings to display the most recent results. I have been pretty consistent about updating the Uber Blog List about twice a week, so you are always getting the best results.

I am thinking of tweaking it though as currently, each of the rankings are equally weighted to give a final score to place people. I am also thinking of capping it at fifty sites, so that only the top fifty are displayed, though much more would be tracked, but not displayed, in order to link to the best sites consistently.

Check out the Uber Blog List and let me know what you think. If you aren’t on the list, please add your site, and if it fits in with the topic of blogs about blogging, then I will add it to be ranked.

Originally posted on September 30, 2008 @ 3:54 pm