Migrating from WordPress Server to WordPress.com

Last year, when my site on Bluehost came up for renewal, I decided that I ought to migrate to WordPress.com to save some money. I’ve been spending around $133 per year for my domains, hosting, and storage, and I just don’t blog enough to justify that anymore. Paying Bluehost was worth it to move off the server that used to run on a computer in my living room, but it’s not worth it anymore, especially because my sites have been going down multiple times a day.

I have been working on migrating to WordPress.com for the last week or so. I first had to roll back a test migration, which took a surprisingly long amount of time; all the pages and posts had to be deleted, and the process kept timing out. Then, I had to re-migrate everything so this site had the latest posts from both mstublefield.com and meta-manage.com.

I get one free domain with the cheapest plan here on WP (which was $36 instead of $133 for the year), so I’m letting meta-manage.com go.

Don’t expect any more frequent blogging than I have been doing… but know that things are going fantastically at Adaptavist. I’ll likely publish here in March to point you at some of the stuff we’ll be releasing then.

Doing some “writing”

I don't always blog...I haven’t used Dragon Naturally Speaking in a while. Like, maybe 2 months. I have no excuse, other than that I’m a swooper at heart. I don’t write for ever, then I write a whole bunch at once.

In this case, I now have 16 blog posts scheduled over at Meta-Manage. There are only 34 blog posts published, so I wrote almost half as many posts in the last couple of days as there currently are available. Craziness.

Next week at work, we’re writing questions and answers for the JIRA Service Desk certification exam. I suspect I’ll write the study materials sometime shortly thereafter, at which point I’ll have written a bunch of notes on three different JIRA cert exams. Maybe I’ll take my Dragon software and dictate a book about JIRA. And maybe not. It’s not super fun to write about work management software.

Maybe I’ll dictate a scifi novel that has been rattling around in my head. NaNoWriMo is coming up, after all.

Anyways, if you’re into agile project management, or just management in general, keep an eye on Meta-Manage every Tuesday and Thursday from now until November. Maybe I’ll write some more stuff between now and then to keep it going. You never know.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Writing

Remember that thing I wrote about writing, and how it is bad for me, and how I wasn’t going to do it much anymore?

One of my coworkers encouraged me to try Dragon NaturallySpeaking, so I gave it a go last weekend and this weekend, and I’m liking it pretty well. I find that it takes me about half as long to compose and complete a blog post compared to typing, and reducing the amount of time involved makes the whole exercise a lot more palatable.

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Introducing Meta-Manage, a new management blog

For around a year now, I’ve been thinking about starting a blog about management. I really enjoy studying project management and I’m loving my master’s program, and I feel like I have a lot of ideas to share, but I was lacking focus. A recent lunch with Jeremy Bartley of ThinkDigital.io really inspired me, though. There are a ton of resources written by project managers for other project managers, but what’s really lacking is helpful advice for regular workers, small business owners, and managers who don’t necessarily know all the jargon and particulars of project management. Helpful articles for those audiences would be a real boon.

The more I thought about it, the more excited I became. I love the idea of helping other people do for themselves. While I’m more than happy to be hired as a consultant, my goal is always to help people learn the principles and steps so they don’t need me anymore. If I can help people become self-sufficient, then mission accomplished. And more often than not, this goal leads to me having even more work and getting to do even more advanced and exciting things.

So I began thinking, and building, and writing. I decided to launch early and iterate often, so the site isn’t what I would call “done.” But it’s to a point where I can start sharing content, and I’ll expand and improve as I go.

If you would be so kind, please take a look. Re-share and point other people to the new blog if you think they might be interested. Submit suggestions and requests for articles. And let me know what other resources might be helpful for me as I write and develop. I’m particularly looking for book recommendations and people on Google+ and Twitter who share inspiring and fantastic thoughts.

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