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Learning about self-hosted blogging day by day

I dream of the time when I can experience a new website that is completely set up, functional, and connected to the e-commerce and social media sites I choose.  Imagining keeping all the tops spinning. Bliss, at last…. Of course, sigh, that will be then and this is now. WordPress has transferred all of the data from my former blog to this one and I find myself having to make sense of the new situation, while, at the same time, learning how to use the new tools. This is not only out of my comfort zone but also my range of experience. Therefore, I hope you bear with me, while this writer/artist lives through her newbie self-hosted blogger phase. WordPress.com was Nirvana. I hardly had to think about the thing; all the tools were at my fingertips. In order to open a storefront, though, and have a link for it on my blog, I had to leave the nest. WordPress.org is more customizable, but I was nearly immediately confronted with gross assumptions. I thought all my bells and whistles would be intact. Well, I was able to add a YouTube video by plugging in my first-ever bit of HTML coding. Yet, I know nothing about computer language, so this may take a bit of time. I have yet to figure out how to successfully add little mini programs, called plug-ins, that will allow me to do some of the things I was able to do at the other WordPress, like slide shows or  an e-mail subscription service that works. (And isn’t ‘chiclets gum’? Mind boggling jargon. How about ‘floom?’) I have yet to figure out how to make the e-mail business work, but I’ve been working hard to figure it out. Connie suggested it might have to do with my hosted server, so I’m working on that angle. Clearly I’m on a  steep curve learning and must take it step by step, day by day. I also have had to create beaucoups accounts for all of the sites. Many passwords. Thank the stars for my Last Pass account! Yes, it meant one more formidable password to remember, but guess what? It’s the last! With Last Pass, I can securely keep all my passwords in a virtual safe deposit box. In addition, Last Pass can function through my homepage toolbar and generate and save new passwords for new sites as I need them. So, in goes HostGator, Feedburner/Google, WordPress, and a number of others that are behind the scenes. Gee, no wonder I’m having trouble keeping up! As if that ain’t enough, last night I started a Netflix trial… I was on the couch thumbing through the manuals for our HDTV, trying to figure out the activation code for streaming. Well, folks, that bit of effort, compounded by my blogger mania, made my poor little noggin go honk, tweet, hoot. Smoke started rising from my brain and shooting out my ears. My eyeballs were spinning. When they came to rest, I realized enough was enough. I bagged it all after several early attempts at the email subscription biz. Then, I hit the trail with friends in Shoreline Park at Rocky Point. The air was crisp and the bear kept her distance. Afterwards, we went to a cafe nearby, then I took them home. They live way up in the hills on the North Shore, so I was able to drive through sunshine and fall color. It was the perfect break! At Jennifer’s, I had a fond reunion with her son, whom I’d tutored several years ago…home on a university break. It was marvelous seeing him. When I left, Jennifer gave me beautiful Golden Delicious apples fresh from the Okanagan. Crunchy and juicy, tasting like real apples. I became rejuvenated and calm, enjoying the company of friends…. Tomorrow, I ride with them into the city for Afternoon Tea, what is sometimes called ‘high tea.’ It will be a splendid affair with soothing, aromatic teas, teensy sandwiches, and scrumptious scones and petit fours. This treat will give me the get up and go I need to come back and figure out a few things for you. Until then… Cheers! — Jan

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Something’s cooking at Jane Street Clayworks!

I am so happy to follow up on proposed changes to Jane Street Clayworks. Intentions are the same and action is about to begin. Today, I meet with my job coach and a self-employment coach prior to being matched with a business consultant who is going to help me launch my hosted site. As reported earlier, WordPress is going to take care of the guided transfer from .com to .org and I already own my domain name. Host Gator has been recommended to me and WP will transfer my entire blog, as is, to my new site. I’ve already paid for this service and am now moving forward again. In addition, because I will work from my home, I’m having an ergonomics assessment done on my home interior to help me decide how to best work from home. Finally, I am getting a new computer. I work on Macs solely, have since the tiny Mac classics first came out in the ’80s. So, I’ll stick with what I know and will probably get an iMac. In addition, I use assistive technology because of a permanent disability stemming from a serious workplace accident in the late 90s. That means I actually type very little. Instead, I use voice recognition software…I speak into a headset and what I say is transcribed to a text document. Soon, I will get a voice to print digital voice recorder to help transcribe interviews. I have Elma to thank, my vivacious, creative, job coach. She believes in me and I couldn’t have come this far without her. Thank you, Elma! In the near future, I’ll have a new website and will begin a new page in my life, personally and creatively. Despite my recent medical setback, this site had nearly 3,500 views in May, not counting syndicated views, and that number continues to grow. Sure, I know there are sites that draw 15,000 hits in a day, easy. But, to me, this is The Little Engine That Could: “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” will become “I thought I could, I thought I could.”

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Open Studio Update, 4-5-11

Things clicked along pretty smoothly today. I did take a green tea break at one point, as I found myself tired out. It tasted good and perked me up. Lifting things in and out of the damp room and expending brain power on tricky projects = break time. Later, we went out for lunch. Gary wasn’t in the studio today. We all missed him, but he showed up near the end of our lunch, so there was a nice bit of continuity.

"Girl with a Tea Cup," by Harold Gilman

Update: Formed the lid to the bird house. It’s a low, wide cone and, at present, is resting on yellow foam rubber with wadded newspapers underneath. The rolled out slab was too damp and it cracked. The cracks are now filled with clay. Fingers crossed. Paper clay RX if that doesn’t work. Glazed the oil lamps. I can’t wait to experience the soft, golden light of an olive oil lamp. Ovid said, “The lamp burns bright when wick and oil are clean.” On another note, I am waiting for a Happiness Engineer from WordPress to transfer the contents of this site to another. It is supposed to be a seamless process. In the meantime, I am trying to learn about SSL and IP. I will continue to cram until they get in touch. If I have a shop front through Etsy.com, I may not need the SSL. Also, I am considering whether I need a dedicated IP address…and I am now looking at HostGator, too, since there are more hosting services to choose from for this swap out.

"Sunrise," Terra Cotta with Shino glaze

PLANS: I took my ‘Trees’ mold to the studio to today, intending to make some more tiles, but ran out of time. Therefore, I brought white clay home and will make about eight more tiles this week. Even though they are made from the same mold, none of them truly look alike, as I vary the treatment with each one. Am rather partial to ‘Trees.’  The new ones I make will be thinner, less heavy. Several years ago, I made a small tile, a reproduction of the famed rose designed by Dard Hunter in the mid-1900s. I thought of molding the tile I’d made, but decided it’s sub-par. I am going to carve another, fire, and mold it. I adore this stylized rose and want to see it with more finishes. In addition, I am going to mold something else that has taken some consideration, as it is personal. But it is so lovely, I want to share it. My “Sunrise” tile was made for our cottage, Sunrise Cottage, and the name for both comes from an exquisite silent movie filmed by German filmmaker Murnau, who was noted for expressionist cinema. Below is a photo of our cottage in the snow….

Our home, Sunrise Cottage

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