Fragments is Dead. Long Live Fragments

It is the beginning of the end, the beginning of the beginning.

As to make me sure I know without a doubt that I should leave blogger, it wouldn’t let me post all day yesterday. Nanny nanny booboo. I’m leaving you.

Over the weekend, all life support will be removed on our little blog. Heck, he’s five and a half years old now. We’re betting he’ll be able to hold his breath for a couple of days and resurface in a new skin called Word Press.

He won’t look the same. He’ll be plain and pale, possibly rather hideous at first (be sure and don’t stare at him or snikker) and awkward and disoriented and anemic for a week or two.

But the name will be the same, and the voice, and in time, the look and feel. And life will go on. You come back and check up on the old blog and blogger, you fickle flitting blog-butterflies.

Meanwhile, I’ll likely post over the weekend to the sadly neglected Nameless Creek, Slow Road Home Book Site, or Field Notes.

Next week (BlogGods willing) there should be lots of grand daughter Abby and Grandest Dog Tsuga pictures and stories. I hope our newly metamorphosed Word Press Photo-Blah-Blah-Blog is up to the task! Come back and find out!

Many thanks to Sean Pecor (past) and Doug Thompson (past and future) for hosting and helping. I’d be down for the count without their help and encouragement.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Ah, at least you were able to post one last announcement rather than just disappearing. I think you’ll like WordPress once you’re settled in.

  2. Fred, I am about to do this myself… Have a good trip and let us know what you think of the WordPress place. Cheers, Cate

  3. I see the migration is happening…do ya feel like the phoenix yet? You will be playing with your layout for weeks…trust me, I still am…

  4. What handsome new digs! May I be the first to congratulate you!
    (Am I the first to congratulate you?)
    How did you translate all of those comments from Blogger to WordPress?!

  5. The comments transfer, I gather, was no small deal. My friend Doug is a miracle worker and knows some magic incantations, and made it happen. I think it took a phone call to Blogger, and he actually spoke to a real person with answers!

  6. I’d love to be able to say Blogger was a big help in getting the comments incorporated into WP but they weren’t. All their ideas failed.

    In the end, I had to write a script that pulled the comments out into an RSS file and then use a MySQL script to insert them into the database. Took a few false starts to get it to work but it did.

    Enjoy your new home.