Mitosis complete, cytokinesis in progress


Amoeba reproducingOnce upon a time, I had a blog. I talked about all kinds of stuff on that blog, but mostly books, writing, and tea. Over time, I found that the people who read the tea posts really didn’t have that much interest in my writing. What to do?

Well, like a sexually-ripe amoeba, I realized it was time to split. I created the new blog “Tea With Gary,” and moved all of my tea posts over here. With the content in place, I just need to unpack everything, hang the curtains, throw on a fresh coat of paint, and it will be ready for the world.

This post, in slightly different versions, is going in both blogs, explaining the process and guiding my friends and followers to the one most appropriate for them. If you wish to follow both, by all means do! Otherwise, enjoy the lack of distraction. Make a nice cup of tea, relax, and do a bit of reading.

The Split

The split itself was an interesting process. After creating the new blog, I brought up a post in the old one and searched for a way to move it. No “move” command. There’s a “copy,” which allows you to use one blog post as a template for another, but it won’t cross from one blog to another. I brought up the list of posts and checked all of the possible bulk actions. No luck. After a half hour of monkeying around, I went to the WordPress help files. Searching for “copy posts between blogs” and “split a blog” didn’t help much, nor did variants of those phrases and keywords.

Finally, I turned to the forums. That, my friends, was a positive and pleasant experience. A fine fellow by the name of Captn Mike responded in less than ten minutes with instructions and links to help files. It was an easy process once he pointed me the right way. Just “export” all of the tea posts from the main blog, “import” them into the new blog, and clean up all of the links.

The reproduction of the chromosomes (the posts) is complete. Once I trim out the unnecessary stuff and clean it up, the blogs will be cleanly divided.

About Gary D. Robson

Gary Robson: Author, tea guy, and owner of Phoenix Pearl Tea. I've written books and articles on a zillion different subjects, but everyone knows me for my "Who Pooped in the Park?" books.

Posted on 11 October 2011, in Tea Thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Lots of strangeness in the WordPress text editor and you’ve found another. There doesn’t appear to be much help available from the tech support staff, as opposed to volunteers on the forums.

    Have you had the experience of suddenly losing all the formatting for no apparent reason? All the line spacing and a refusal of the text editor to allow it to be corrected without copying it to an independent text editor to strip out all the hidden HTML commands?

    Sheeze. Thanks for the heads up on another something to look forward to.

  2. It’s not as bad as it sounds, Jules. The export/import process was quick and painless — except for having to update all of the links to my own posts (I crosslink my posts a lot).

    I feel your pain on the formatting. Luckily, I’m a web geek from ‘way back, so I don’t mind switching from “Visual” to “HTML” and tweaking the formatting myself.

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