The great website migration begins

I’ve had a blog since long before the term was first coined.

benlovejoy.com began in 1997 as a few hand-coded pages. Yep, in those days you had to use a text editor to create each webpage, and you’d begin something like this:

<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=iso-8859-1″>
<title>Wot I dun in my summer holidays</title>

Fortunately, it wasn’t too long before WYSIWYG web editing apps came along, at which point creating a webpage became much more like writing something in a wordprocessor. But managing the site did still involve a certain amount of work and the odd bit of hand-coding here and there.

When it came to creating my tango blog, that was starting from a clean slate and it was a no-brainer to use WordPress. It’s a much easier process, and – in particular – has excellent mobile support. I can create a blog post on my Mac, my iPad and even my iPhone, and it looks equally good on all devices.

I’m now gradually migrating the content from benlovejoy.com over to this new WordPress site at benlovejoy.me – a move which has effectively been forced on me for technical reasons too boring to explain.

The migration isn’t going to be either quick or simple. There are travel blogs from dozens of countries, including microsites for Cambodia and Chernobyl, as well as cycling blogs ranging from one-pagers like London to Paris through to microsites like Lands End to John O’Groats and a couple of cycling holidays.

I’d already dumped quite a lot of old content in various incarnations of benlovejoy.com, and I may well do the same with this move. At the same time, I’ll shift some content I currently post on Facebook – like theatre reviews – to here.

I did think about a number of different options for benlovejoy.me, including one which would have looked very similar to the existing benlovejoy.com, but decided in the end to go for a straightforward blog feed. That does mean that the feed will mix different categories of posts, but there will be side menu links for each category, so if you only want to read travel posts or theatre reviews, for example, you’ll be able to do so.

Categories will, eventually, at some stage, include Apartment, Concerts, Cycling, Food & drink, Life, Politics, Tech, Theatre and Travel. My tango blog will remain separate, at benlovejoy.blog, otherwise that would form the overwhelming majority of posts and bore all my non-tango friends. 

I’ll probably post links to new blog posts on Facebook, but you can also subscribe to email updates should you wish by chucking your email address into the box in the sidebar. However, bear in mind that you’ll currently get alerts each time I migrate an old webpage to a blog post here, so you may want to leave that a few weeks …

Wish me luck!

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