Blog Operations

WordPress Jetpack Comments — WTF?

WordPress’s Jetpack plugin is a nice collection of features for bloggers. I host my blog on a server I pay for instead of on the big WordPress.com cluster because I appreciate the extra flexibility, but by using Jetpack, I can also get some of the more powerful cluster-based features, like improved search and uptime monitoring. […]

Site Meter WTF?

Have you been seeing pop-up ads on my blog? You see, a couple of days ago I was fiddling with some darned thing here in WordPress — I can’t remember what it was anymore — and I wanted to take a look at how the page lays out to ordinary people. As a logged-in WordPress […]

I Have Got to Start Writing Shorter Posts

It just feels like way too many of my posts are really long, including several that are in the pipeline. I have got to start writing more short posts. That is all.

2013 In Review

WordPress likes to send out a year-end review to all their JetPack users. Most of it is routine statistics I can find anywhere, but a few items are amusing. On my busiest day, my most popular post was “Yet Another Tale of the Awful, Awful People at ICE”. I think this line captures the essence […]

New Terms and Conditions

In keeping with tradition, I wanted my blog to have the most severe and over-the-top Terms & Conditions possible, with robust protection against spammers, lawsuits, and intellectual property theft. I could have engaged a lawyer to write them for me, or I could have researched it on the web and tried to write my own, […]

In Which I Decline a Prospective Content Partnership

The Popehat folks are far better at this sort of thing, but let me give it a try. I got this email with the subject “Content Partnership”: Hey there Mark, My name is Sladen West and I wanted to discuss the possibility of some sort of content partnership with you and windypundit.com. I do a lot of writing in […]

No April Fools For Me

I’ve decided that running April Fools Day prank posts is not a good idea for me. I let Eric Turkewitz talk me into it last year, and the only people I fooled were my loyal readers. That’s not the relationship I want to have with them. I don’t expect readers to agree with me or […]

2012 in Review

Here at Windypundit, 2012 was the year in which: The inevitable drug war deaths remained inevitable. I spoke up for sex workers, although, really, it was just a bunch of links. I became a friend of whores. I explained why criminal violence against the police is not the best response to criminal violence by the […]

Windypundit On WordPress

This is it, the new WordPress version of Windypundit. There are lots of tweaks and changes still to come, but I think I can go ahead and make the switch now and worry about the details later. Some of you may have noticed that Windypundit was off the air for a while. Yeah, well, it […]

Moving to WordPress – Part 3: Blogroll

I’ve been blogging about the experience of moving Windypundit from Movable Type to WordPress. In Part 1, I described the process I developed for moving over all the posts. In Part 2, I talked about the development of the new Windypundit site. The one thing I still had to do was to re-create the blogroll […]

Moving to WordPress – Part 2: New Website

If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve given up on Movable Type as a blogging platform, and I’m moving this blog to WordPress. In Part 1 I explained why moving 10 years of blog posts with minimal link breakage was a lot of work. Of course, I’ll have to have some place to move […]

Moving to WordPress – Part 1: Content

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am done with Movable Type, and I’m in the process of moving this blog to WordPress. That turns out to be a lot easier said than done. (Warning: Much technical computer geekery ahead.) WordPress has a Movable Type import tool, but It doesn’t solve what I consider […]

Temporary Comment Deconveniencing

I’ve been getting a blizzard of comment spam lately, so I’ve set a much more restrictive comment policy. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully all will get better when I move to WordPress.

Anybody Willing To Do a Little Testing?

I’ve been working on moving this blog over to the WordPress blogging engine. I’ll write some more about it, but basically I’ve written a one-off program that loads the blog from the Movable Type database and generates a file I can import into WordPress. It makes sure the links track, cleans up some bad HTML, and […]

Ten Years At the Keyboard

It was ten years ago today that Windypundit was born. For this anniversary, I’m going to tell you a bit about my approach to blogging, and my experience in writing a blog. Think of this as “How to Blog Like Windypundit” in one easy lesson. Perhaps those of you new to blogging will find something […]

I’m Done With Movable Type

Yesterday, the folks at Popehat posted about cleaning out their blogroll. I checked to see if Windypundit made the cut, and it hadn’t, which perplexed me because I thought I got along with Ken and Patrick. But then I checked my own blogroll, and sure enough, Popehat wasn’t on it either. Sigh. Maintaining the blogroll […]

Blogroll Maintenance

It has been pointed out that my blogroll is deficient, so it’s time for a few additions, corrections, and deletions. First of all, one of my regular daily stops is the Honest Courtesan, written by retired call girl (and Nobody’s Business guest blogger) Maggie McNeill. She’s a good writer with mad research skills, and her blog takes […]

2011 in Review

2011 was kind of a busy year for me, especially during the latter half of the year when — after 10 years in the part-time consulting racket — I returned to full-time employment. It really cut into my blogging time, and I want to thank all of my loyal readers for sticking around. In any […]

A Note To Potential Employers Who Stumble Across This Blog

I’ve had a few job interviews recently, and although the subject has never come up, it seems likely that, in this day and age, someone at one of these companies is probably going Google me, and the first thing they’ll find is this blog. Uh-oh. So…If you found this blog because I applied for a […]

2010 in Review

It’s the end of another year, and time for me to look back at what I’ve been doing here at Windypundit, just to see where I’ve been and maybe to figure out where I’m going from here. With that end in mind, 2010 was the year in which I first questioned the propriety of the […]

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