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A Quick Update On the Blog

August 10, 2012

Okay folks. I realize my last blog post was on May 17. I’m also fully aware that I haven’t been reaching my snark quota on Twitter lately. I’d like to explain myself. I’m lazy. Okay. That’s not at all true. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite.

I thought that by now everyone knew I was working on a new Web site. Yet when I recently tweeted that I was working on the new site, someone asked me, “What new Web site?” Apparently, I was once again wrong. Imagine that. I swear. One of these days I’m going to get something right.

So what is this new Web site? Basically, it’s just a re-branding of the About Trucking Jobs blog, with some additional features that I couldn’t get through WordPress.com, which is the free service where I’m hosted now.

I’ve already got new hosting, a new theme up and running, and most of the data transferred. Yes, I realize that doesn’t sound like a big deal. It really wasn’t. It did take a while to find a theme that suited all my needs, but once I did all my blog posts, pictures, and comments, transferred over with a few clicks. So what the heck has been taking so long?

For one thing, tweaking the Web site has been harder than I expected. The majority of it looks fine, but every once in a while, I can’t get some weird little thing to work. For instance, on my main blog page, I keep getting the wrong picture on one of my blog posts. I can’t for the life of me figure out why. Another time, I couldn’t figure out how to have two different header graphics on different pages (one for the main site and one specifically for the blog). My theme provider, WooThemes, has been extremely helpful with making changes to the programming code that looks like gobbledygook to me. But they’re busy lads, and sometimes it takes some time for even them to figure out what’s going on. In short, I really had no idea how much more was involved with moving your Web site from a free service to a self-hosted one. Still, necessity won out. Gotta do what you gotta do.

I’d really love to tell you all what to expect from the new Web site, but as of right now, I’m keeping most of it hush-hush. The blog will have a new name and a new layout with different colors. There will also be links to stuff my online friends do (if you’re interested in swapping links, shoot me an email at AboutTruckingJobs@gmail.com).

There are much bigger things afoot too, but as of now, only a handful of people who REALLY needed to know are aware of those new features. So if you want to find out, you’ll have to figure out who those people are, kidnap them, take them to an abandon warehouse, and whip out the vise grips and wire cutters.

Once the new Web site is live, it’ll be clear why all this took so freakin’ long. With the grand opening of the site, I’ll also be doing a blog post detailing the new features of the Web site, with further info on what it took to put it all together. Until then, I’m working with a couple of people to provide guest posts for you. In keeping with my guidelines, these posts will be about subjects I know little or nothing about. I think you’ll enjoy them. Of course, I’ll also be adding my thoughts to these guest posts.

So for now I ask for your patience. I swear that when I’m not posting blogs and I’m absent from Twitter, I’m either driving, working on the Web site, or at home where I actually get to cohabitate with real live people. And FYI, I tried having Twitter open while I worked on the site, but quite frankly, my mind isn’t capable of it. Every time a tweet popped up, I totally lost my train of thought. Now that I think of it. That’s probably why it always took 4-5 hours to write a blog post. I’m starting to think Twitter is truly evil. Still, be suere to hold my place until I get back in the swing of things. From what little I’ve seen, it looks like you people are providing plenty of snark to keep Twitter afloat.

Okay, enough explanation. Back to trying to figure out why that stinking picture keeps showing up where it’s not supposed to. Ah screw it. I’m not that smart. Time to contact to the WooThemes dudes. Ciao.


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