Hey everybody, welcome to WordPress. I’m still setting things up and getting used to it for now, but I thought I’d go ahead and make the switch. Here are some things some of you need to know about the new format.
I’ve imported my old blog, so you can still browse my old entries and comments here. If you look to the right, you’ll see a handy calendar display that you can use to surf to old entries by date. Or, just go about it the old-fashioned way and scroll top to bottom through the pages, same as you did with maplesstraveler.blogspot.com. Some of the imported entries will appear slightly “off” where pictures and text captions are concerned. I’m not going to bother with fixing these for now. (I am not taking down my old blog; you can still view it if you ever want to for some reason 🙂
You can leave comments without creating an account, or logging in to one. All you have to do is enter your name and email address when you leave your comment. Your email is private and for verification purposes only, and will NOT show up on the blog entry page. You also have the option of leaving your website or blog address if you so choose — doing so allows others to link directly to it from my blog.
When you leave comments, you will have the option to subscribe to all future comments to that post. If you choose to do this, you will be prompted to verify this decision through your email before it takes effect. In the future, I may require everyone leaving a comment for the first time to have it approved by me first. I’ll let you know if I make this change, but it shouldn’t affect those of you leaving comments now.
You can subscribe to my blog! Look in the bar to the right (above the calendar) and enter your email address. Every time I update my blog, you’ll get an email informing you of this. You won’t get spammed, but be aware I am now updating up to three times per day and you will get just as many notifications. You must verify your wish to subscribe before it can take effect – check your email after you enter your address.
You can browse through my posts by category. Your third option in the bar on the righthand side of this page is to browse by category. I’ve assigned certain labels to various posts, so if you want to read all of the posts that fit under one of these labels, just click on the appropriate word and you’ll be presented with just those posts. Many posts will fall under more than one category.
The font is small. I am experimenting with Windows Live and other ways to change this. For now, if you have trouble with it, go to your Internet Explorer toolbar, click on View, then click on Text Size and change the size from the menu that pops out on the side.
Expect the layout of this page to change often. I am still fiddling with a lot of things, and I’ll likely change headers and/or backgrounds soon. Or, I might transfer my homemade “passport” background over to WordPress in the near future. If you ever find a particular layout I have chosen difficult to navigate or read, please don’t hesitate to tell me. For the most part, all navigation options will look about the same no matter what!
Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions!