Hello, hello!

I’ve been blogging for a while at https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/ but have decided to make the jump to a self-hosted website… so here we are!

I can’t pretend to understand most of the technical ins and outs of migrating from one site to another, but I am hoping that with sufficient warning and a bit of a handover period anyone who was following my old blog will find out about and follow this one too. And if you were having second thoughts about me then now’s your chance to cut and run! (I plan to mothball the old site at the end of April, and focus everything through this site.)

I have plans to develop and to branch out a little more than I did with the old site – just learning as I go. So what else can you expect?

1 – I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge again this year, running throughout April. My theme will be … survival in a zombie world! And because this is me and that’s not enough of a daft challenge, I’ll be doing it in my inimitable haiku style too (because who has time for lengthy survival tips when you’re running from the undead?).

2 – As well as “more about me”, I also want to get to know you better… well, some of you anyway! Starting in April, I want to run a regular Sunday interview feature called “The Dirty Dozen“… details to follow.

As this is all new and shiny, please drop me a comment to let me know any thoughts on this new site, the layout, etc, or any ideas that you want to share for taking this forward. And if you fancy a go in the hotseat for the Dirty Dozen, then let me know below!

Thank you for joining me on this new leg of the adventure! πŸ™‚

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Author: Al Lane

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18 thoughts on “Welcome!”

  1. Hello Al. I am loving the look of your new site, looks pretty classy!
    I would love to come over and lower the tone sometime for your ‘Dirty Dozen’ slot! πŸ™‚

  2. Well… I am wondering if there’s any way you can make it possible for me to still follow you through my reader. I am afraid that I won’t have the time to read many posts n the upcoming months, and I’m trying to cut down on the amount of email I receive.

    Let me know if there is anyway I can get that.
    If not, I’ll sign up for blog posts via email. Because I wouldn’t want to lose your words πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Dawn – am looking into this. I have hundreds of followers of my blog, and a precise total of 7 who follow by email (two of which are aunts!), so I wouldn’t want to lose this if I can πŸ™‚

      1. Good πŸ™‚
        I’d prefer not to lose it either!
        It looks like it’s working though, as I got this both in my email (I’d signed up for comments, just to make sure I didn’t miss it until I knew how your blog worked) and in my reader πŸ™‚
        Works for me!

        And since then, I realised I can read your reply from my reader, but not reply to it. Maybe not quite working as I was hoping yet :-/
        And yes, it’d be great if everybody could read you, not just your lovely aunts! Good luck finding out how this works.
        I remember switching from Blogger to WP. It wasn’t hard, but it wasn’t straight forward either.
        Oh well, that’ll occupy your mind for a while, take it off other things πŸ˜‰

  3. I’m not good with poetry, but haiku is one of the most accessible forms and your theme and seemingly effortless wit intrigued me, so count me in.

    Additionally, I’m dying to know what “The Dirty Dozen” is. *whines*

    1. Thanks Betty… never hurts to be prepared! My tongue will be firmly in my cheek with the advice provided πŸ™‚

  4. The site looks really neat πŸ™‚ Liked the look of it!
    All the best with your A to Z challenge.. πŸ™‚
    I am planning to participate as well, but theme not yet decided πŸ™‚

    1. I’ll post more tomorrow on the Dirty Dozen. Is it leaving people hanging, or is it that I haven’t got it all thought out yet?… I’ll let you decide! πŸ˜€

  5. I **just** made the switch to self-hosting,too–my first official post is today!–and I’m reveling in the success I feel before fussing over the rollover and transition stuff. I was fortunate to have my writing critique group look at the what-I-thought-was-perfectly-final site and WOW did that help me change things up. I’ll wander around when I can and test things out; I invite you to do the same. A beta blogger is never a bad thing. πŸ™‚

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      1. Problems? I’m afraid to ask if what you wrote was all of it…. πŸ™‚

        I don’t have far fewer followers than you, so perhaps for once that’s a good thing. Perhaps my guidance was different from yours (I had writerly friends steer me with their experiences). Perhaps I just got lucky. And I thought I was a failure for spending 2 hours online text-chat with my self-host company.

        I plan to write a self-hosting post series. I can’t be the only person who was so desperately clueless and a scaredy cat about the whole thing. I’m sorry your experience wasn’t cool. I followed (re-followed?) you over there. See you on the other side.

        1. Most of the problems were around engaging with followers, and how they were accessing my site (ie through the Reader). If your followers are not so Reader-dependent, it’s less of an issue (I have at least one follower who doesn’t trust the Reader anyway, so does everything by email, for example).

          The actual site works fine, albeit I need to educate myself more on the various bells and whistles.

          Even now, there are self-hosted sites that I follow (supposedly by email) that I just don’t get email notifications for.

          I’ve made the decision to run with both, but the post I wrote was about putting something in the public domain that went against the prevailing “you must self-host” ideology… self-hosting has its advantages, but there are also things that work better with the free blog sites (which is completely counter-intuitive to me from a business point of view!)

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