It was on this day in 2006 that I restarted the Movable Type database. (This was the last post in the first MT database.) And it was two years and one day later when I washed my hands of it and switched to WordPress.
The most maddening thing, of course, is that during the Quiet Times, my traffic went up about twelve percent. Obviously I should post less.
So why start again? Well, for one thing, the old database, with seven thousand and odd items, was getting cranky. For another, it’s not like anything is missing: all the old posts are still archived and are available at their original URLs. And the last time I ran an export of said database, it clipped off at the 18-MB point for some reason, meaning that if I reimported it, I’d have to port over a couple months’ worth of entries anyway, and I’ve already put enough work into this thing.
The Quiet Times, incidentally, lasted less than 36 hours, and didn’t interrupt my run of Consecutive Days With Posts.
But this almost did:
For some incredibly-stupid reason, I decided to try to update Movable Type from 3.21 all the way up to 4.21 on 6 September 2008. It took four hours, and not everything is in place just yet: the comments popup doesn’t work, for one thing. (It may never work again; they said they were dropping support for it, and while I’m looking for a workaround, there’s a limit to how much I’m willing to put up with just to retain a feature.)
Also, until further notice, any comments that do come in will have to sit in the moderation queue until I have that rearranged to my liking.
But it’s late and I need some sleep and I’m not going to work on this mess any further until I get some. Sleep, I mean.
That was about one-thirty on the morning of the 7th. About 13 hours later:
There is a limit to how much I’m willing to endure, and some time today I reached it. We are now running WordPress 2.6.1. All of the old posts remain in their original locations; posts for this month were imported to WP and can be read here. It will be a while before I have links up to everything else, the way I used to.
Eventually, I moved all the posts from those two years. (The stuff from before 6 September 2006 is still where it used to be.)
I’ve had some scary moments in these six years, but I’m still on WordPress — now version 4.0.