I drank the kool-aid

November 12, 2009 · 15 comments

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I’m officially a slave to wordpress! Today is my first full day hosting Punch Debt In The Face as a wordpress blog. Actually, yesterday was, but all of my links were broken, my feed was jacked up, email was down, and the site was in shambles, so I’m pretending yesterday didn’t happen.

My goal was to keep my layout and style very similar to what I had before, so there would be no adjustment necessary on my reader’s behalf. I’m still tweaking, tuning, and doing everything possible to make this blog simple, navigable, and quasi-sexy (side note: Does anyone else feel like a royalty should be paid to J. money every time the word sexy is used?).

I originally started blogging with blogger for one simple reason: it was free and really easy. I made a commitment, to myself, that I would not spend any “out of pocket” money to fund my blog (except for the initial $7.00 domain purchase). Well, two weeks ago, I received my first adsense check. It may have only been $90, but it was enough to purchase one year of hosting. I am finally able to cash-flow my blog! With the hosting paid for, I decided to make the switch (aka “drink the kool aid” or “join the cult”) and transfer my blog to wordpress.

If you notice anything wrong with my layout, buttons, images, etc, please let me know so that I can make the appropriate changes. If you are a fellow wordpress user I would appreciate if you dropped some comments telling me which plug-ins are an absolute must. Thanks for being patient with me as I make the change. If you didn’t have a chance to check out my post yesterday titled Sex, Drugs, and Retirement I encourage you to do so (Barack Obama made a guest appearance).

Feel free to poke, play, and click away.

p.s. special shout outs to PF Firewall and Mrs. Micah for helping me out with the change. They are good people so go check em out!

1 tom

Yes! I can now actually post a comment at work!

Great work on the transition… it only blew up Google Reader 12 times… ok ok… 1 time…

2 myprettypennies

Welcome to Wordpress my friend. :)

3 Investing Newbie

I was so worried! I went to your blog yesterday and GoDaddy.com was up. I thought someone didn’t pay the bills. Glad to see you’re back and up and running!

4 Jeff @ Sustainablelife blog

It looks great….Are you doing alot of the coding yourself with wordpress? or did you have someone else do it?

5 PunchDebt

Yes and no, I use the F2 theme, but then have gone through and “hacked” a decent chunk of it to change things around and make it a little more lively. Im not CSS code master, but I’m learning :)

6 Insurance Paper

Congrads!! in the end you will like it a lot. It just feels better :)
.-= Insurance Paper´s last blog ..Allstate & 1965 Volkswagen Bus – Update =-.

7 the Dad

Sweet! We went with WP too, and although I feel no loyalty one way or the other, it’s been great.

Blog looks good and congrats on it paying for itself; that’s huge!

8 Money Funk

Sorry I didn’t re-tweet there, but I wouldn’t of known your blog feed to be fixed until I received my email the next day (which I did).

I love the new set up – you’re going to find there is some really cool plugins to use – can get really fun!

Sweet!
.-= Money Funk´s most recent blog ..20 Ways to Cut Expenses =-.

9 Peter

Congrats on getting up and running on wordpress. You are now a part of the cult!

Some suggested plugins:

All in One SEO Pack
Google XML Sitemaps
Smart 404
SRG Clean Archives
WP-PageNavi

Of course now that i’ve listed all of those plugins – my other piece of advice is to not get too carried away with plugins because they can quickly be a resource hog, especially on a cheaper shared hosting account.

Good luck!
.-= Peter´s most recent blog ..The Great Big List Of 75 Budgeting Tools, Finance Softwares And Iphone Money Apps =-.

10 CanadianDebtGirl

Love it! I was wondering why there were 22 unread posts in my RSS Feed! I remembered reading you yesterday (or two days ago maybe?) so was like ‘What gives.?!’ But that clears things up.

You didn’t offend me with your skinny jeans comment earlier either. But I don’t wear skinny jeans.

WP rocks. Welcome to the dark side.

11 SS4BC

Welcome to Wordpress my friend!

The site looks FANTASTIC!!!

I was wondering what happened to it and I got worried that maybe you had been hacked or something. Regardless, it looks great!

I can't believe that you got an Adsense check, that is incredible. I gave up on Adsense like six months ago because I had a balance of $2. Of course, my readership has gone up exponentially since then so maybe I should have stuck with it. Oh well, I prefer my clean adless site. =)

12 Duddes02

Dude-EVERY time I say that anything is sexy, I feel like I owe J Money a shoutout.

Love the new layout, but I’m sad that it didn’t autofill my info like it use to! Let’s hope it keeps the info I just entered.
.-= Duddes02´s most recent blog ..NYU =-.

13 FABULOUSLYBROKE.COM

Congrats. Wordpress rocks. :)

14 Jesse

Man, the site looks great and the comment system now rocks, blogger comments suck! ;) thanks for the shout

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