Is this a good idea?
I’m sure that a more tech-savvy person would have found a neater, more compact way of addressing my needs. I’m not crazy about the hours it takes to move a blog and its contents…going over the dozens of connections the blog has, and resetting them all. Ugh. Also, there’s only so much money I am willing to spend on blogs and hosts and plans that I don’t really earn revenue from.
Because I’m going to be moving around a lot, the next 5 years, I needed a domain name (and associated blog) that could be paid for, up front. I have the money for that now; no idea what my finances will be like once I leave Australia. I don’t want to face a minor crisis every time my domain name or blog mapping is about to expire!
The Smallest Forest is tied up with Google Apps—a brash decision I made 7 years ago, and will forever regret. I can’t figure out how to transfer the domain name I bought to another host. Google won’t let me pay in advance for domain registration that will last 5 years. Also, it insists on using its “Wallet” for payments, so I can’t renew things with Paypal when I’m abroad (and no idea how I’ll pay for anything when my Visa card expires in 2018). It’s all so messy. Oh, what a tangled web we weave!
Besides that, I really love the WordPress.com theme “Sketch“: huge images that fill the screen, just fabulous for the not-quite-but-almost daily watercolour travel sketches, drawings, photographs and videos that I would like to produce more of, from now on. A portfolio- or Tumblr-style blog, without all the blah-blah-blah.
What happens to The Smallest Forest? This is still my main blog, and I will do my best to keep it up and running from wherever I find myself. Every time I post an image to schizzograffia, I’ll mention it here, too. Think of it as my photo album or, indeed, my online sketchbook.
It’s good to know that I now have the other blog to fall back on, should TSF prove impossible to manage on the road.