The great blog breakout project

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I’ll state up front this post has nothing to do with Airstreaming. But if you’re thinking of starting a blog about your Airstream adventures you might find something in this.

We started this blog using It was fun scribbling about our experiences and playing with layouts and themes.

Then in latter part of 2013 we – I, unilaterally – decided we needed more doodads on the site. Twitter feeds. Flickr feeds. A weather widget. A map showing our location at all times. One thing lead to another and before long I was editing theme code and self-hosting my blog.

As a result about a year later we had a blog that was entirely inflexible and starting to smell like a legacy enterprise IT application. It was only a matter of time before I introduced an Internet Explorer 6 dependency and instituted change control.

To tell the truth I had turned this fun little writing outlet into a bit of a chore. We are good at doing that to ourselves, aren’t we?

Then came the Young House Love implosion which affirmed it. Quitting blogging was now fashionable! So I basically did that on December 1st, 2014.

My plan was to create a book from the blog simply to retain the memories and then let the thing die by not renewing the hosting.

But after a short break I found I quite enjoyed sitting in my Airstream and writing notes after a run or a ride, with Alfred napping behind on the couch.

So I undertook the great blog breakout project to free the content from its dependencies and relieve myself of the technical curation burden. Back to where the writing’s easy.

It took a few hours over several weeks but here’s what I did:

(1) Eliminated all widgets and shortcodes. They don’t add anything of value.

(2) Externalized all images into Flickr.

(3) Externalized all files (PDFs mainly) into Google Drive.

(4) Video was already externalized in Youtube.

Once these steps were complete, which required editing every blog post, I was able to export the blog. Then I imported it to I then pointed at my blog instead of the previous host.

Easy. And I’ve noticed the site loads more quickly too.

– Anthony, Lake Anita State Park, Iowa

One thought on “The great blog breakout project

  1. Why, I am thinking of starting a blog about the mister’s and my Airstream adventures to start 10 or 11 months from now. (Of course, we have to buy an Airstream first.) So this post is very helpful. I quite like your theme and had decided to emulate it somewhat — minimalist, clean, lots of white space, big image at the top. Good recommendations here that I intend to follow. Thank you! (I’m glad you’ve continued to write here.)


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