I just want to throw this out here to be clear: Brian Johns Photography has never received an order under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
Migrating archives from old blog
Things are moving along well with the blog here at Brian Johns Photography World Headquarters. One month in and I'm pretty happy with the new Wordpress setup. It beats the hell out of the old custom pile of code...
I'm making slow progress on transferring old blog entries from the old system into Wordpress though. The old system was totally proprietary and all I have from it is a mysql dump file, so I'm entering the blog entries into Wordpress one at a time. I'm taking the time to edit here and there, as well as add some pictures. I'm transferring articles in some approximate priority order. The articles I feel are most important have been moved.
I find the media library in Wordpress to be a bit slow to use. I was embedding links to Flickr and Photoshelter in the past but I'm trying to get away from that and become more self-reliant. That means exporting pictures from Lightroom to my hard drive, uploading to Wordpress, and then placing the picture in the posts. I wonder if there's a Wordpress plugin for Lightroom...
I was thinking of going to Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai this week to catch lectures by Joey Lawrence and a few other great photogs. Unfortunately the cost of the conference has really gone up so I didn't end up making it. There are various other plans for international photography brewing though, so stay tuned for more on that front.
Well, I've finally gone and done it. The old hand-made blog and website code needed to be put down. I've moved to WordPress and so far it looks very promising. It was clear that the old system wasn't very flexible and wasn't able to represent my world of photography in the professional manner I have envisioned. The old system was a great experiment in hand-crafting HTML and php using Dreamweaver but the time for that experiment to end has come. I'm especially looking forward to more flexibility for editing posts, which should make it easier for me to create content for you.
I'll be working over the next week or so to import all the old content from the last couple years into this system and playing with the layout. The only thing I'm not sure about being able to port over is the old RSS feed. That means that people who were relying on RSS to get updates to my blog will probably never know there's a new site and will just think I've stopped writing. Hopefully they'll check in here at the main site and re-bookmark the feed.
Welcome to the new and improved Brian Johns Photography!