Wren Talk: HTML Blogging Project COMPLETE!

Posted on August 28, 2023

Posted in Blogging

You read that right – as of tonight, I have completely finished ALL the HTML coding for every post, every archive and every category page of this blog. This was a project that I started back in June of 2022. It took me over a year of cleaning up the HTML code and moving everything into consistent templates to get the job done.

But it’s done. Finally.

Along the way, I snagged all of my old FFXIV content from my side Tumblr, as well. This were short posts that dated back to 2013-2015, but were the only records of this period of gaming that I have. I wasn’t fully blogging on WordPress back when I started playing FFXIV, but it was important to me that this blog contained that content. It took a little extra time to move it all, but I’m happy I did.

I also spent time moving my Fiddle, Uke and Diamond Painting sections under this domain. Along the way, I spun up a Microblog section, too, and moved a bunch of content in there.

Not to mention I’m always expanding my Shrines section with content about my model horse collection, and eventually, I plan to bring much of my old Guild Wars 2 writing and art there, as well.

This is the most massive website undertaking I think I’ve ever created, and I’m very pleased with the outcome. I know that much of this wouldn’t have been possible if I’d remained within the confines of WordPress.com – it really took for me to move out into my own static site, designed the way I wanted, with the flexibility that HTML and CSS brings.

There’s no going back, either. I have deleted all of my posts and media from my WordPress site – I didn’t want duplicate content out there that would confuse search engines. My old blog remains as a means to stay connected to other bloggers who still use WordPress, mostly as a place I post update announcements.

Yes, I’ve lost the ease of quick publishing and the automation. But what I’ve gained from the move has been far more valuable. Not to mention, I’ve just downloaded my entire site archive and will now be backing it up to an external hard drive. I am comforted to know should anything happen to my existing host, I own and control all my content and can simply move to another.

I hope that doesn’t happen, though. Neocities has been good to me.

I don’t regret a single moment I spent on this project. And I’m not done yet!

There are a few QoL projects I’d like to work on now that I have the archives complete – such as a topics section. But for now, I’m going to have to decide what to do with the free time I have now that the coding project is done! XD

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