I’m still working on transferring my site over to its new location. I’ve transferred the last last four months over already, and I’ve found enough shortcuts that the process keeps getting faster and faster.
However, I’m running into some design problems that are going to take more than persistance to overcome. For instance, I want to continue to have an index of poets and a list of books reviewed. I originally thought that I could do it automatically using the categories. However, it became clear that Movable Type could not do that. Dorothea of Caveat Lector was nice enough to explain that there are no sub-categories, but, rather, entries can have multiple categories. Not quite the same thing, as it turns out. Sure enough, if you read the manual, that’s what it says. Dorothea was even kind enough to write me a short program that may have solved my problem, though I’m still undecided what answer will take the least time in the long run.
Now, I’m sure that if I were willing to just set up a standard Movable Type blog I would have been done long before now. Unfortunately, that doesn’t fit my personality. Once I have my mind made up about what I want, I’m going to do whatever I can to make my site end up fitting my vision.
That takes more than just persistance, it also takes knowledge, and, perhaps, help from friends who know more than you do. Luckily, there is a lot of information in the manuals, and in the help forum at Movable Type. It turns out this is a powerful program, but it takes some serious erffort to make it do what you want it to do. If you’re willing to do your research, though, you can find some powerful extensions to the program.
In a couple of simple steps you can install a plugin folder that allows you to run mini-programs that seem to be multiplying swiftly. I found one I could use by reading the forums at Movable Type.
Despite the problems it’s exciting exploring a new program. I’m beginning to see new potential the more I work on it.
Of course, I just realized that it’s been almost a month since I’ve written about a novel or about poetry, and I’m getting a little impatient to get back to it. Hold on just a little longer. I’ll be back to writing about poetry some time this week.