Twitter should say something about this post.
Shortly after moving from LiveJournal to WordPress.com, I realized my online and offline identities were blending enough that I needed to review all my posts. There were a few where I complained about people who might, seeing it, recognize themselves. Or a friend would recognize them. Turns out there weren’t nearly as many as I feared.
Last night I mentioned, to an offline group, that yes, you could find that group’s page just by looking at random. Start with shorthand, then go to my profile, I go by the name Cricket, and then to my hobbies.
Did you catch that? I just told that group my online name. And I suspect I’ve done it in other groups as well.
But I had purged my blog, so all was well.
Or was it?
Nope. I hadn’t purged the old LJ blog. Not sure how likely they are to find it, given that this one is much more active, but there are 158 entries there to go through.
I decided to delete them. No mass delete. Just as well. If you followed a link to a deleted entry, LJ said the page didn’t exist, but didn’t show you the blog, leaving you lost.
So, now I’m editing all 158 entries to say “I’ve moved to https://cricketb.wordpress.com/ .” What fun.
Oh, I also moved all my pictures to the WordPress.com servers. WordPress just linked them. Only about 10, but if I’m deleting and abandoning, then they might be purged if LJ is short of space.
I also learned that private posts weren’t transferred. There weren’t many of them, and if they were private then they’re best not transferred, but I need to check each one just in case I used as a record for myself. I don’t think I used LJ for that, but…
Mom was right. Never, ever, assume the wrong person won’t hear.
It’s happened. My online and offline lives have merged. You see, I met some local people online, and we met. Then I met some local people offline and shared online identities. Then we have an upcoming interview, for a podcast where I comment under my online name.
So, I’ve gone through my blog. Only a few places needed work, where I ranted about someone I know offline. Not as many as I’d feared.
I’ll keep the two identities, but make sure they work well together. One is more professional. One is more rambling. Both show the person I try to be.
So, I am Sandy Schoen, aka CricketB, aka CricketBeautiful. Storyteller, fanfic writer, stay-home-Mom, knitter, and former engineer, just west of Toronto, Ontario. Interests subject to change over the years. And, yes, there are other people with one or more of the same names, living in other places, so please don’t confuse us.
That has got to be the easiest migration ever! The new and improved import from LiveJournal was exactly as it advertised.
The only scary part was when FireFox seemed to stall, and said that reloading that page would cause the entire thing to restart. Well, FireFox had incomplete information. WordPress had already told me that if the process hangs, just reload the import page and it will start where it left off.
I would prefer if they gave a few more intermediate updates, like “done 10 of unknown” entries. Maybe one every 15 seconds. But, it’s done, and on first glance, it worked just fine.
Yep, finally moved to WordPress.com.
I was right to wait. The old process to transfer from LJ looked annoying. With the recent changes at LJ, WP must have gotten many requests for something easier, since they responded. The change today was easy!
I’ve customized what I can. I’d love to change the css to match my main site, but that will have to wait until I move it to my own server. The list of things to decide, like database name, user and password, and file locations, just got too much for me. When and if I move, it will be easy.