I’ve made a decision to leave Squarespace, the blog-hosting service that has been the backbone of MadeByMark.com for several years now. As a result, I’m looking for someone to assist me in getting MadeByMark.com moved from Squarespace, where it is, to a WordPress-based host, where I want it to be.
Because MadeByMark.com is so large, moving it from one host to another is no small task. The work is further complicated by the fact that Squarespace offers very limited export options. (In fact, they make it almost impossible to get your photos and media out of their system without a lot of manual labor. If you’re considering starting a Squarespace-based site, that’s something to consider before making your final decision.)
I went looking for someone I could hire to help make the transition. After Googling around, I came across Greg Freeman, who offers exactly the service I’m looking for. He provided a reasonable quote for the work; unfortunately, by the time I confirmed that I was ready to go, he was too busy to take on the project.
I did find a plug-in that, in theory, makes the transition much easier. But WordPress All Import has trouble reading Squarespace’s export file, and the resulting import is laced with errors and issues. (Worse, a note to the designer, asking questions about the process, has gotten no response.)
I need to resolve this, because I’m having trouble being motivated to post material to a spot I’m inclined to leave. If you have any leads or contacts who might be interested in doing this conversion as a work-for-hire project, I’d appreciate the information. Thanks!
I want to live an authentic life. I want to be a person of integrity. I want to do great work.
- I spend too much time in my head (thinking, debating, daydreaming) and not enough time in the real world (doing, doing, doing).
- I’m not getting enough done. I have the most sophisticated tools ever available for turning ideas into finished work, but I’m producing less work (and less meaningful work) than ever before.
- I spend too much time engaged with shallow distractions. I need to spend less time talking about the interesting thing I saw online and more time doing something that idea inspired me to do. I need to spend more time creating and less time tinkering.
- I fail to meet my commitments to myself and those closest to me. Sometimes, this is because I have too many commitments, but all too often, it’s simply because I haven’t set the right priorities. Why aren’t I willing to work as hard for myself as hard as I’m willing to work for others?
What to do about it?
- Spend more time in the real world and less time online. Reach out to and spend more time with real people. Prioritize personal contact with people who understand the value of personal contact.
- Set and meet daily quotas. Shipping finished work is the only meaningful gauge of progress. Set reasonable — but challenging — quotas. Leverage habit to get you though those patches where discipline and willpower fail.
- Stop drinking from the fire hose. Break the habit of browsing RSS feeds and Zite and Facebook and television. Instead: engage with real people, trust powerful filters to bring you the important stuff, and finish reading a new book every two weeks.
- Keep every commitment. Prioritize the commitments I’ve made and fulfill them. Make most new commitments to myself and those closest to me. Limit other commitments to those people and causes that truly inspire me. Recognize that time and attention and passion are precious and limited. Budget them accordingly.
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I invested a little time this weekend revising and relaunching an old friend: the TarotTools.com website.
Almost all my Tarot books reference TarotTools.com, which has been offline for at least two years. Frankly? Years ago, I had allowed one particular work-for-hire assignment leech a lot of joy out of my work with Tarot.
Lately, though, I find myself returning to the cards. I’ve started work on a new Tarot book, and I’m enjoying the feeling of shuffling, dealing, and reading Tarot cards again.
In addition to providing a permanent home for tools like the Character Generator and the Answer Mining Template, TarotTools.com will be the host for all my future posts on Tarot. If you’re following me because of an interest we share in Tarot, it’s a site worth subscribing to!
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This great, short video illustrates very powerfully the massive income inequality in our great nation. In addition to the clear, engaging graphics designed to help you see what’s going on, it features a simple, straightforward message, and I think it should resonate with Republicans and Democrats alike.