I’m in Chattanooga attending my fourth LibertyCon–a very odd, nice little science fiction convention. It’s odd and nice because something over half of all the attendees are authors, editors, artists, or other professionals making a living (or trying to) writing/producing science fiction–mostly literary (i.e. books/e-books).
That’s odd because most SF conventions’ attendees are overwhelmingly fans, with the authors et al being a relative minority. It’s nice because yours truly continues to have aspirations of actually getting something written up and published some day.
LibertyCon is a little convention because its bylaws cap the attendees at 750. So you basically can’t help but run into an author wherever you turn. It’s rubbing off on me, I think, but all too slowly!
Anyway, progress to this point: 2,042 posts published, 985 migrated posts to edit and re-publish here on WordPress.
Now, I go forth to conventionate once more.
998 draft posts to go! 2,028 migrated posts published, and 44 garbage posts put into the trash. The finish line will soon be in sight!
1,673 published, 1,386 drafts to go. I’ve discovered that I may have inadvertently de-italicized some quotes. The extent of that problem is at present unknown. But it well and truly sucks. Oh, well, add another migration headache to the pile.
Also, there appear to be an unknown but significant number of posts in the drafts count which are pretty much blank. I hope that they don’t indicate that the migration wasn’t really complete. That would well and truly suck too.
Anyway, today’s tally is 313 posts migrated and published. Seems like around 300 per day is a good target for an average day’s work. So, with 1,386 to go, I have around five days’ work remaining with the first-cut migration tedium.
And then, we move on, perhaps to start posting the backlog of travel journals that have built up the past few years.
1,360 posts published, 1,701 still in draft. That’s 320 posts edited. I’m considering all of these migrated, published posts to have undergone only”first-cut” edits, as I’m aware that there are broken links, missed spaces between words and sentences, and other things that the cut-rate migration service did.
Advice for those of you migrating from one blogging platform to another: hold out for a service that does a database migration, not just a screen-scrape migration like I used. You’ll pay more, but you’ll be happier.
Well, I did absolutely nothing with the migration this past weekend. I was kind of dragging all weekend and this morning woke up to some minor chest congestion, which explains the weekend lethargy, I guess. But I’m back in the saddle again, with the bonus that I didn’t have to report for jury duty this week. It’s still hanging over my head for next week, but that’s next week. Let’s get to it!
No activity yesterday, and probably none today either. Got busy with other stuff, so the migration got back-burnered. Hope to hit it hard this weekend though.
1,037 posts published, 2,021 still in draft. I deleted several which had to do with the old Geeklog blog that have absolutely zero relevance to this one on WordPress.
Today I finally figured out that the footnoted links in all of the migrated posts (indicated by a number within brackets aka  et al. were just repeats of links that were in the posts where they belonged. So I began deleting those links at the end of posts, which will result in those bracketed “footnotes” being extraneous. Deleting those footnotes however would be way more work than I want to do, so they’ll stay. I suppose I’ll edit the migrated posts whenever I feel like I need to–if I link to them from new posts, that sort of thing.
Anyway, that’s today’s status/progress report.
On we go: 302 posts published, 2,758 in draft (i.e. not yet re-formatted). I’ll update later with the totals for the day as we continue.
UPDATE 1: I’ve already spotted a couple of problems with the el-cheapo migration service I used: first, they didn’t necessarily put all of the spaces between words where they were supposed to go. This will be annoying but I doubt I’ll be going back through all 3,000+ posts to clean that up. And, additionally, some of the quotes I did show up in an italics font that’s . . . rather big. I probably won’t go back and clean that up either.
Well, maybe I’ll go clean up some of the posts, like the Journeys. After I get done migrating the lot of them.
UPDATE 2: I’m up to 759 posts published, 2,301 in draft. A good day.