What a piece of work … {{{ whew }}} …

[wipes forehead and puts down pitchfork]

Well, I am certainly glad that that is done.  I have finally finished tweaking, configuring, customizing and generally messing around with my new blog.  I’m running on the new WordPress 2.5 platform, and just for the benefit of you technogeek types, I am running the following plugins:

  • Akismet
  • AskApache Password Protect
  • Hello Dolly
  • Ozh’ Absolute Comments
  • Post Notification
  • TinyMCE Advanced
  • WordPress.com Stats
  • WordPress Database Backup
  • WP-phpMyAdmin
  • WP-SpamFree
  • WP Grins
  • WP Security Scan

All of them can be located at the WordPress Extend Plugins directory or through a simple Google search.

Two particular plugin developers deserve a shout out.  Scott Allen from Hybrib6, developer of the WP-SpamFree  plugin was really great at helping me track down and imcompatibility between his plugin and the AskApache Password Protect plugin.  And the developer of Post Notification did a wonderful job of helping me figure out how to make their software play nice with my cool new theme.

Between all these developers and the cool theme I’ve got, I’m gonna owe some money to some people.

A new look, a new name

Sometimes you just want to mix it up a bit, you know. I was getting increasingly tired of Movable Type and the way it did certain things. While certainly a robust system (and there were many things I liked about it), I made the decision to jump ship and switch my site over to WordPress. I wanted more flash and I wanted it easier to get.  And I LUV this new theme from Tommaso Baldovino. In the process, I’ve changed my blog’s name and, obviously, its appearance. I’d had that old style for some time and it was time for something new, in different colors. By now you’ve guessed the new blog name, but if you forget and try to go to the old URL, you’ll get directed to the new site automagically.