The New Blog Ian (Back Where the Old Blog Ian Was)

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Blogger, which has slowly turned to crap.

On January 24, 2004 @ 15:30 I created Blog Ian to chronicle my son’s journey through this world. At the time, he was four months old. I happily ran it on Blogger software running on one of my own Web servers. Then, in 2010 Google—which had bought Blogger in 2003—decreed that all Blogger blogs must run on blogspot.com.

I didn’t like entrusting control of my data to Google/Blogger, but I complied and moved Blog Ian and a couple other blogs over there. There were a few bumps in the transition, but I was basically satisfied with Blogger even as I began to use WordPress for more and more of my blogging and basic Website design needs. It’s gotten to the point now that whenever I need a quick-n-dirty Website, I slap together a WordPress installation in, like, 20 minutes.

Until…

Until the day (and I don’t even know exactly when) when Blogger decided to delete all of the images I’d uploaded between 2010 (when I moved to blogspot.com) and 2014. Dozens of images were suddenly missing. I still don’t know exactly why beyond some sort of weird cluster-crap among Blogger, Google+, and Picasa (and PicasaWeb). You see, Blogger, unbeknownst to me, was storing my new, uploaded images in PicasaWeb. Best I can guess, there was some shift in my Google account—perhaps when I activated Google plus—that disconnected Blog Ian from its PicasaWeb album.

I spent an hour or so yesterday trying to figure out exactly how it happened—following leads suggested here—but I was not able to track down Blogger’s crap move.

So, Good-Bye Blogger

And so that motivates me to bid adieu to Blogger. WordPress is a superior blogging platform. Why stick with Blogger when it’s going to do crappy stuff like this?

Many of my images are permanently lost, best I can tell. I still had all my pre-2010 images, from back when Blogger was good software. In fact, they were all waiting for me back on the Web server I’d originally used for the self-hosted Blogger! It’s taken me the better part of the day to move everything, but I think I’m going to be happier with WordPress as Blog Ian‘s new home.

Of course, there hasn’t been much activity on Blog Ian since Facebook took over social media, but still…

The Online Art Gallery of Ian, Fine Artiste

Ian has continued to develop his artistic skills. So, we’ve decided to create an online art gallery for him, which will be updated on an ongoing basis, as quickly as I can fire up the scanner.

If you have an RSS reader, you can even subscribe to the album and receive updates as new images are added.

Here’s a sample of some recent additions:


“My family go to the SMR.” Ian’s family inside two submarines. Stairsteps go up to periscopes. Large propeller on back. Squiggly line indicates water line. Long line on left connects a little ship with an anchor.

Our house — with a chimney in brown on the left and smoke ascending. The object on the left is our garbage can, with its lid and wheels. The front door has a knocker at the top. Me: “Why are there threes on it?” Ian: “Because that’s how much it costs.”

 

Ian’s Family Portraits

Ian’s been quite busy at his new school (Matthews Elementary) — learning more about letters and numbers and how to survive lunch in a cafeteria.

He’s also made great strides in his drawing skills. Here are the first family portraits he has ever drawn. The top row contains Mommy and Ian and the bottom is Daddy and Babcia (his grandmother Galbraith).

His second family portrait sticks with the nuclear family: Mommy (left), Daddy (right) and Ian (below). As he explains, Daddy is very happy, as can be seen by his huge smile. He is not wearing his glasses because this drawing is from before he needed them.

Ian’s New School in the News

Ian’s school and his teacher have been featured in two recent Tuscaloosa News stories. The first, an article about the Tuscaloosa County School System’s financial squeeze, features a photograph of Ian’s kindergarten teacher, Ms. Rebekah Owens, in their classroom at Matthews Elementary School!


And the second article describes how University of Alabama students spruced up Matthews’ halls with new murals:

Ian has had an excellent first week, with Ms. Owens rewarding him with a smiley face for his work. (Each week the students either get a smiley face, a frown face, or a face with a straight line — to indicate their progress that week.) More on the first day, with photos, to follow.

Ian Graduates from Pre-School

Last Friday Ian went through his first “graduation” — from a program at his pre-school called “Kindergarten Connection.” It’s a program to help the pre-schoolers adjust to actual kindergarten, which Ian starts in just three months!

I put together a little slideshow of the event…

If you have trouble seeing the video above, you can find it at:
http://vimeo.com/4579128.

Ian Says Good-bye to His Stroller

The time has come.

Ian has gotten too big for the stroller that he has used from birth. It’d seen some hard travelin’ and was getting mildewed. We didn’t feel we could rightly hand it down to someone else.

And so, with heavy heart, Ian rolled it down to the curb today, to be claimed by tomorrow’s trash pick-up (or perhaps by a passing scavenger in need of a well-used stroller).

To commemorate the event, we’ve made a photo montage and posted it to YouTube. It should be embedded below, or you can go directly to YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW9QXJHjK7M

Good-bye, old friend.