long live the new flesh


A year and a half ago I started a project to migrate my blog onto WordPress. This past week I got a tiny gap between projects that allowed me to turn my attention back to it, and the results are now live. I didn’t have much time to dedicate to the re-design, but I’m pleased with the results.

As usual I owe a debt of gratitude to my husband Martin, who tackled the the most difficult job: the importing of six years of posts and comments from my old content management system, Bblog. He also added a couple of tweaks that will be entirely uninteresting to most people, but are very important to me. Buddha is in the details after all.

I’ve been working with WordPress installations for a number of years now, so it’s been a drag not to be able to use it on my own site. It’s been a factor in my lack of blogging, since Bblog is feature-poor at this point.

The re-fit has also prompted me to Spring clean the web site and ensure it contains more up-to-date information on what I’m doing. Most importantly, it’s easier for me to maintain. I’m also testing the cross-posting facility for LiveJournal. Feel free to continue to post comments on LJ if that’s what you prefer.

It’s gorgeous in Ireland today. The blossom petals are blowing like confetti on the country roads and I’m off to a friend’s house for dinner. I’m bringing cake and a bottle of Cava. Might as well celebrate. 🙂


  • Sam

    I want to know how in the hell you got that flickr widget to work, because it crashed my template. Looking good, though!

  • Tinatsu

    Congrats (to you and Martin) on completing the migration! Looks good.

    I’ve been contemplating such a move myself, but haven’t quite made it past the contemplation stage.

    • Maura

      Cheers Tinatsu. Migrations like this take a concentrated bout of time and attention. There are always other things I could be doing – such as writing!

  • Foxhunter

    Great Job Martin! Maura writes all that nice and fluffy content, but I know where the real tech savvy stuff gets done. Hopefully you didn’t lose much blood on this one. I miss you guys lots. Regards.

    • mbf


      In this case you’re mostly wrong. I simply thought of a lazy way of getting all the content from another blog database (bblog) and fixed a few javascript/php errors in the plugins and theme.

      Maura did almost all of the “heavy lifting”.

      Hope you’re keeping well, say “hi” to everyone for me.