Appalachia Blog

More about the Blog Move

Blind Pig and The Acorn new site

The blog move I told you about is coming right along. You can even have a sneak peek by looking at the photo above. All though I’m pleased with the progress there are still some things I’m worried about and things that need to be sorted out.

One of the issues is the tons of photos I’ve shared over they years. While the move placed them right where they should be within each post, during the process Typepad changed the names of all the photos. For example I would have named the photo in a cornbread post something like ‘how to make cornbread’ or ‘old time cornbread’. Typepad changed the cornbread photos to something like 6a00e54ffe2ad3883301b8d2b922bf970c-800wi.jpg. The photo name change matters because it makes it tough for me to search for an old photo to use in a new post, but more than that it matters because Google looks at photo names to see what the post is actually about-in other words having the photo named what it actually is helps folks who search the internet for cornbread find the Blind Pig and The Acorn.

Renaming the photos isn’t difficult, but it is very time consuming so that is something that I’ll be working on for a good while. While most of you don’t go looking through the old archives very often, you may still notice the issue with the photos in other places on the new site. WordPress (the new platform) has a way of showing you old posts you might like, but until I change the photo names and set them as featured images you’ll only see the text to older posts. Once I’m finished you’ll see a photo to go along with the archived post text.

The main thing I’m worried about it changing the address over to the new site. It can take anywhere from twelve hours to a day for the address to point to the new site. Think of it like you moved houses but took your old mailing address with you. It would take the post office a while to figure out your old address was now at your new house. With time the address will sort itself out, the part I’m worried about is whether or not Feedburner will still send out a daily email letting you know I’ve published a new post. In theory that should work itself out as well, but if it doesn’t you may have to resubscribe to the blog to start things over.

Most of you know how to come to the blog through a previous email or from googling Blind Pig and The Acorn or by simply typing in, but if you’re unsure about how to find me make sure you save a copy of this post so you’ll remember to google or type in

If you don’t receive the daily email wait at least a few days before resubscribing to the blog to see if Feedburner picks back up. In the case it doesn’t work out at all I’ll delete the feed and start over-I just hope that doesn’t happen so please keep your fingers crossed for me!

I’ll be sure to let you know the day the switch happens, lets just hope you can see the post! Remember you can always reach me at [email protected] if you have any problems with the old blog or the new blog. In fact, if you don’t have my email address in your contacts you might want to add it or at least jot it down somewhere in case you need help finding my new site.


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    Norma Downing
    January 5, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you Tipper for the candles you are burning ‘at both ends’ to make this momentous undertaking happen…wherever you move to, however long it takes to get all the logistics lined up—we will be patient until you are pleased with the results..How exciting to be a part of yet another outpouring of love and devotion to Appalachia,past and present!!

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    January 5, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Wow, looks really good.

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    Dee Parks
    January 5, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    At first I thought the link wasn’t working because it went to page OOPS page not found but then I scrolled down and saw a link saying follow me. Clicked on that link which took me to I think Instagram and found your blog. Since I get your blog through my email, I will wait and see if it goes right to the blog tomorrow or Sunday. I do also have you on my favorites bar but I didn’t check it out yet. Good luck on your move.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 5, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Neat! I like it! So far everything looks Fine.

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    Quinn Piper
    January 5, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I commented in your original location and now I’m commenting in your brand-new location! Let’s see if it works 🙂

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      January 5, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      YAY! At least it seems to be working!

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    Ron Stephens
    January 4, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Your struggles are somewhat similar to a genealogist moving everything to a new program, including doing it for similar reasons. It is not for the faint of heart. I hope there will be unexpected rewards in it for you.
    On another subject, I hope the unusual cold will convince our lilac to bloom this year. It is not happy here and I really should not have planted it. It is about 20 years old and still only knee high.

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    Gayle Larson
    January 4, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Good luck with your move. I am sure all of your fans will be patient and eagerly wait for the new format.
    Since I am not a techy I cannot imagine such an undertaking.
    I will just sit here and wait patiently for things to sort out which I am sure they will.

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    January 4, 2018 at 7:53 am

    My hat is off to you, Tipper – moving a blog of this size is quite a feat to undertake. I don’t think you’ll need to worry about folks losing your address when the move is complete, though…I expect we’ll all look til we find you 😉

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    Miss Cindy
    January 4, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Tip this big move is exciting, I know it will open new possibilities for the blog and that’s a good thing. I am, however, close enough to know that you are spending untold hours making this change happen. Hours that you freely and lovingly give in order to preserve our Appalachian traditions….Thank You!!
    Go where you must, we will find you!
    Currently I do not go to the Blind Pig through the email you send each day. I have you in my favorites and you are the first site listed on my favorites bar. I go to you first every morning with one click!
    The previews are looking really good! I know you are very excited, I hope you are also proud of the results of your efforts. You’ve really done a good job!

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