Thirteen years ago, more or less, I created my first WordPress blog. Since then, I’ve changed the name of the blog several times, split the blog into two blogs, and then merged them back into one again. If you’ve been following for a while, you may remember all or some of the iterations:
- blog.gilm.net (short-lived, probably only my mom remembers this one)
- pearlsofnonsense.com (the main blog for years)
- perennialpilgrim.com (the travel spin-off!)
- pilgrimito.com (shortened the name of perennialpilgrim.com)
- af7kq.com (the merger!)
All of these blogs have been self-hosted WordPress blogs, which is to say I downloaded the WordPress software and configured it on host servers I managed at least to some degree. For example, not too long ago I wrote a post about migrating the hosting to Amazon EC2. This do-it-yourself approach gave me a lot of flexibility, but at the expense of constant maintenance.
After considerable reflection, I’ve finally decided to move the blog to managed hosting at WordPress.com. This way I can put my focus on content rather than maintenance. I can also take advantage of the WordPress ecosystem, perhaps increasing blog engagement somewhat. I don’t write for the audience, but at the same time, it’s no fun to shout into wind either.
For various reasons, including the desire to have a back-out plan if this turns out to be a monumental disaster, I’ve decided not to bring the af7kq.com domain name along. From now, I’ll blog at
I’ve already posted a few photos from my travel archives as a way of making sure everything is working. I’ll continue posting a new one every day for a while.
In the past, when I moved blogs around, I took some steps behind the scenes to make sure followers to blog feeds came along. Some of you still have subscriptions on Feedburner going back to 2011. This time, since I won’t have as much control behind the scenes, I’m not going to do that. Also, I’m no longer recommending Feedburner or Blogtrottr, third-party services many followers have used in the past.
I apologize for the inconvenience, but some action is required on your part.
If you currently follow this blog by e-mail, the easiest thing to do is to visit the new blog, locate the Follow form at the bottom of any post, enter your e-mail address, and submit. Easy peasy! Once you’ve started receiving posts from the new blog, you should unsubscribe from this blog.
However, if you tend to read the blog on your mobile device, there may be a better way.
Follow by app!
If you have a WordPress account or are willing to create one, you can use the WordPress mobile app to follow this blog. The bonus is that you can “like” posts and easily post comments without re-entering your name and e-mail address on each visit. Cool, huh?
For my part
I’m going to wait a few days to see who finds this post and follows the new blog on their own. After that, I’ll try to reach out to as many of you as I can.
However, if you follow by Blogtrottr, or really anything other than Feedburner or WordPress, I probably have no idea who you are. For that reason, I’ll post reminders here periodically. That’ll also nudge people who forgot to unsubscribe from the old blog.
Whichever way you follow, I hope you make the move with me, and I look forward to seeing you at the new blog.
If you have any questions about the move, please post a comment here. I’ll do my best to answer.