The idea was a simple one in the beginning.  Move this blog from Blogger to WordPress.

WordPress is for professional bloggers, I was told.  At the same time I had an opportunity to attend an online course on WordPress blogging, and I was sent the WordPress Power Guide – Using WordPress to Blog Your Way to Success by Lambert Klein.  All the stars seemed to align and point me to towards a move.

The stars may align and point all they want, I found, but that doesn’t mean they promise an easy trip.  In all honesty, the move itself wasn’t the difficulty; the hardest part I had to understand was updating my SQL data and the host site I used,, had clear instructions.  The main issuewas that I was on unfamiliar territory, and the internet provider we use decided to give us faulty service at the same time.

That left me trying to figure things out with pages unable to load, so I didn’t know if the site was down, if I somehow couldn’t remember passwords or if the entire system had crashed.  After a few days of this I was in such a whirlwind of frustration, that even simple instructions were causing me tantrums.

And then the sunlight finally broke through the clouds and I could see the light.  I found a glitch, fixed it and then turned it all off and took a walk.  I needed a break, a few minutes of faith that I had indeed found the problem, and that WordPress would reveal itself to me when I turned it all back on.  To make sure I had proper distraction, my walk took me to the shops where I found this giant bar of chocolate waiting for me.  And yes, I shared.

On the way back the combined effects of chocolate and an afternoon stroll worked their magic, and when I turned everything back on, it all worked and I was ready to get back with it.  The entire week long experience taught me a few things about myself.

  1. I do like WordPress.
  2. If my internet drops, so does my intellect.
  3. There are few things a walk and some chocolate can’t fix.

In the next few days there may be a few glitches as the new location kicks in, and I’ll be posting double time to catch up, but hopefully all glitches are in the past and I’m excited to see what the future holds.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

8 thoughts on “Nothing a Walk & Some Chocolate Won’t Fix”
  1. It looks great Angela 🙂 Really happy that finally your hard work paid off… Would love to have your take on how its better than blogspot… or you may do a post on it sometime in future, and yeah After a great walk n bar of chocolate, its always nice to relish some sweet success 🙂

  2. Thx Deepika, it was pretty hair raising for awhile, but if the internet hadn’t been having issues, and unfortunately still is, it would have been pretty simple. I am definately going to be digging into why WordPress is reportedly so much better then Blogger. I am liking it so far, but I haven’t really seen any great gains. I’ll be keeping an open mind and exploring, and I will be letting you know what I come up with. 😀

  3. Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this website. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that “perfect balance” between usability and appearance. I must say you have done a very good job with this. In addition, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Chrome. Excellent Blog!

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