Blogger to WordPress

July 10, 2008 at 10:06 am (2.0, blogging, online presence) (, , , , )

The Library Day in the Life business got me inspired to put more energy into my blog. I was bothered that I had the librarychicken address on Blogger, then remembered in 2005 I had begun this WordPress blog with my preferred “webchicken”. So this morning I imported all of my past Blogger posts to this WordPress blog – everything seemed to go smoothly.

For the course I teach, I’ve used Blogger, MySpace, and WordPress. WordPress won out there, so I might as well make the switch here! I’ve been having a spot of trouble adding widgets as I’d like to my theme, but I think with some expert WordPress help from the YA librarians today that I should be good to go.


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Library Day in the Life

July 9, 2008 at 7:04 pm (2.0, library, librarydayinthelife) ()

Friends on FriendFeed tipped me off to a Library Day in the Life blogging project. I’m excited to participate and also to read about the lives and jobs of other libraryland people. The project begins on Monday, July 14, which is my regular day off, so I’ll start my librarydayinthelife blogging on Tuesday. See you then!

librarian at work

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July 8, 2008 at 7:30 pm (2.0, social networking)

Something Is Afoot with Friend Feed
Originally uploaded by libraryman

FriendFeed is my new friend. Those I follow on twitter were talking about it a lot and then libraryman’s photo pushed me to take the plunge. I really like that it allows you to follow people on a variety of social networking sites – flickr, twitter, blogs, delicious, etc.

Follow me!

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MySpace categories?

June 13, 2008 at 3:06 pm (2.0, MySpace, social networking)

I’ve been out of town for a week and when I come back, I noticed this new feature in MySpace: categories.
Three of my contacts have created categories in which I am included. This could be very handy. Now if only Flickr would allow more contact categories than friends and family…

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computer frustrations

October 16, 2007 at 12:43 pm (2.0, library, mpow, service)

We have 2.0 learning open labs three times at week at work: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 1:30 pm. Mondays we have coffee and snacks(!) in the staff training room, Tuesdays and Wednesdays we are in the public training room.

Working on the public computers has been enlightening. We realized there are several components of our learning 2.0 program that aren’t possible on our public computers the way they are set up. There are several glitches with Blogger in IE6 – the only browser available.

Originally uploaded by webchicken

Right now I am retooling the blog signup information for so we can work around the Blogger problems. I am attempting to take screenshots for the tutorial and realized you can save the files from Paint onto the desktop, but you can’t create a desktop folder. It’s interesting working on these machines – I’m not used to the restraictions the patrons deal with, so this will help me help them.

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bloglines staff blog feeds

October 7, 2007 at 3:00 pm (2.0, bloglines, rss)

bloglines staff blog feeds
Originally uploaded by webchicken

I added all of the staff blogs (from our 2.0 learning program) in a folder of my RSS reader. I started using Bloglines a couple of years ago and still haven’t found anything I like better. I was expecting Google Reader to win me over, as many of my friends and colleagues prefer it, but I still prefer bloglines.

Bloglines now has a beta of a new version, which makes it easier to manage your feeds, but it doesn’t immediately reflect what I’ve read, and that’s just silly!

Wanna see what sites I have on my RSS reader? My public feeds can be found at

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Online events

July 31, 2007 at 3:24 pm (2.0, library, mpow)

We are playing with 2.0 online event calendars. I’d like to track my experiences with them here.

  • Easy to create events
  • Easy to repeat most events (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly); however, if they don’t follow a specific pattern, there is no way to repeat
  • “900 Library Plaza” is not recognized by any of the map services (I’ve attempted to put a stop gap in place and add new map links to 900 Webster Street.)
  • Lists “Who No performers specified”, but doesn’t give any place to indicate who the performers are!
  • Allows lots of HTML, hyperlinks (to our site, catalog, etc.), and pictures!
  • Allows unlimited tags – we can use these to apply specific searches for “acpl dupont adults” or “acpl book club” and link to the latest X events.
  • No way to see my (previously used) tags, though – that would rock
  • Can create “stickers” to use on blogs/Web pages.
  • Can save as calendar (each agency could create/print their own, if desired).
  • Response time is a little slow sometimes
  • I have twice had an error that would not correct even after several attempts. Once the wrong location was showing, the other issue was a misspelled word. I repeatedly fixed the mistake, saved, and… still there.
  • When editing an event that repeats it switches to the first repeat option (each X day), even if previously it had been set up as on the (first Sunday). So any time you correct something in any part of the event, you must reset how the event repeats. Lame.

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new blog!

July 13, 2007 at 4:46 pm (2.0, blogging)

I’ve started and abandoned several blogs over the years, but increasingly I’ve been aching for one, true place to post my personal and professional thoughts. Truth be told, the thing holding me back is fear. Not fear of the technology, I’ve taught others how to use a variety of blogging software and even installed WordPress on my own domain. I worry about having my words come back to haunt me. That years from now, something seemingly inconsequential I wrote will be discovered and taken out of context, or will cost me a friend, a job, or that elusive political office! But I’m biting the bullet, so here we go!

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