It could be argued that I should have seen it coming, that what happened isn’t unexpected. I’d agree, but I still went and did it. My tale of woe follows.
It started a few years back, and several blogs ago. I was bitten by the blogging bug, and started the now defunct Gator Bites blog. Then Angie and I started Misplacedkeys where we settled in for a few years. Then we discovered WordPress and moved to separate domains, me here at RC, and Angie started her own blog at SweetBippy. Also we dragged our friends Matt & Debbi into the blogosphere, with Matt starting Blogospeer, and Debbi branching out at Debily this year.
The kids have gotten hints about the whole ‘blogging things’, and are also YouTube nuts. The past few months I’ve fielded the requests of, “I want a BLAAAAGGHH!!!1!” and “When do I get a BLOG!?!” with a flip of the hand, and a dismissive, “We’ll see.”
Those have finally caught up with me, and so I bit the bullet, and installed WordPress MU (MU = Multiple Users) to a new domain – is-blogging.com. Its pretty much what WordPress uses to host blogs at WordPress.com, but with some local controls. I can have Admin rights across all the blogs on the system, and can help their blogs from a common code base, without having to logout/login, run updates across 3 more domains, etc. I thought it would help me save time, and energy. Simple. Turn-Key. What could be easier.
And it was… until the new whines started.
“Dad, I can’t ___________”
“Dad, How do I do _______________”
“Dad I want this header with this picture, make it happen, snap snap!”
Wow, it certainly made Sunday afternoon go by quickly. With a few frustrations all the kiddos have their blogs up at the new domain. And while I have the powah! I can pretty much host anyone else that wants a blog. The caveat, I gotta know you, or my kids have gotta know you. I can’t offer 24/7 tech support, but you can easily start up your web-presence with a quick blog, and nifty is-blogging domain. (If you want your blog to be, say, oregonsnowbird. Start a new blog, and you’ll be able to see your blog at oregonsnowbird.is-blogging.com (after you verify it with an email address).
I had a ball, getting the kids up and running. I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ll create.