URL shuffle and Indieweb itches

Satisfying an itch I’ve had for a while, I am working on migrating the back end of pilch.me from Known back to WordPress. I love Known, but this has been a long time coming. It’s probably my own fault for migrating 6 weeks before becoming a new dad (and taking on more at work), but I thought I would have more time to familiarize myself with the inner workings of the platform, to tinker and break things and fix them. I decidedly did not, so I’m heading back to the familiarity of WordPress.

When I initially migrated, Known had a lot of the Indieweb elements baked in (webmention, early micropub, post formats, etc), and the WP plugins lagged a bit behind. Now they are caught up, while Known development has slowed significantly. I feel a bit like part of the problem, since I’m not sticking with it. But I also do not currently have the time nor patience to figure out how to modify mySQL elements, or maintain URL rewrite rules and .htaccess files. I need to step back into a platform where I don’t have to worry about nuts and bolts, and customizing basic/intermediate elements is taken care of in a GUI.

I’m doing the migration manually, post by post. Known exported as RSS, and I was able to import that to start (WP’s built-in RSS importer threw errors, so I had to use this). This method created a lot of formatting issues with line feeds, lists, etc., which is why I am doing each post individually. This gives me a chance to review some old posts I forgot about, and also the ability to idly update posts during down time at work (the network there is extremely locked down, and would not allow external SSH/FTP connections).

The current WP install is at blog.pilch.me. I’ll probably keep the Known install, and figure out a subdomain for that when I am ready to switch the two.

In the meantime, back to your regularly scheduled children’s television and Deadpool action figure content.

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  1. Inspired by nownownow, I’ve started my now page.
    Current undertaking(s)
    Life is mostly keeping up with a 4 year old. Settling into our new routine after Jessie passed the bar exam 🙌🙌 and also buying a house.
    Sitewise, I’ve started scratching some itches by migrating back to WordPress. Importing old Facebook posts (using these instructions) back to 2005 is finally complete (at least for text posts, filed under the tag fb-import. Also experimenting with blot.im.
    Current setup
    Phone: Galaxy Note 9 in blue, with the Samsung rugged case.
    Laptop: Surface Book 2016
    Notebook: Field Notes, Wednesday green edition
    Media consumption
    Playing: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, trying Destiny on Stadia and NHL 19 on project xCloud
    Watching: The Witcher, Big Mouth, I Think You Should Leave on Netflix. Also Teen Titans Go with the little guy
    Last updated 1 Jan 2020