Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, June 28, 2009

I'm absolutely delighted that Pontcysyllte aqueduct has just got UNESCO world heritage status. It's perhaps the signature monument of the canal age.


Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, June 26, 2009

Well it will be. But don't rush over there yet. The domain registration is sorted out but it will take me time to get the template and other settings set up. Still, I feel better making progress.

I've also checked and I have most of the articles from the old blogs. Some will be worth re-posting; some are for the trash. Live and learn.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, June 25, 2009

My main personal blogs have been here at Blogger for over a year. I've pretty much built the template from scratch, and manage all my own domain registrations.

I also had a couple of professional blogs. They were a little older and I'd paid a third party to set up the templates and manage the domain registrations. I was never too chuffed with the template and had changed it on one of the blogs, but worse, they've just let my domain registrations expire. So if you have noticed they've vanished - yes, I know.

If you want something done properly, do it yourself.

It's irritating but it's also an opportunity. I'm going to resurrect them here at Blogger and bring them within the same template so I get a unified brand. I'm also going to be consolidating them into a single blog so it'll be a business blog with a strong marketing bias.

I need to think about domain registration. If I'm combining them, I think I might as well bite the bullet and go for one single new domain name - possibly since I already own but it's not really in use. Don't write that down yet though, as there are some alternatives I'm still pondering - for instance I may re-register one of the old domains. In SEO terms I'll need to start again (((sigh))), but in the medium to long term, it's the right decision. I won't update all my own links until the new blog is in place - perhaps two weeks from now.

Fortunately, much of the old readership was via RSS feeds and Twitter. The Twitter account was mine and I'd already migrated the RSS feeds into my own Feedburner account so all of those are domain name independent. I'll just back the new blog into those feeds.

So anyway, if you've noticed two of my blogs have gone AWOL, my apologies. I'm on the case though and a professional blog will be back up within a couple of weeks. And don't worry - this blog, my Musings and News from the Valley of the Kings are here to stay and the domains have been renewed - by me personally!


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