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A good Internet chum of mine has pointed out my site email addresses have got lost, probably when I moved the site. I must admit I didn’t test them so I’ll need to take a look at that. Apologies to anyone who has been rudely rebuffed.

And yes, it has been very quiet here lately. Blame Japanese, DIY, music and the splendid weather.

December site move—back in January

movingSo, here I go. I’m moving the WordPress blog and all the HTML pages.

I don’t know how long it will take. I’m also tidying bits and pieces from the past 13 years and reassembling everything under one roof.

I can only say it should be back up by January 2015. See you then.

EDIT: January: everything is now moved and simplified (cheaper and faster, hoorah!) Vaultpress was handy for the transfer although WordPress itself is bafflingly shit at transferring blogs home to its own hosting platform. So I’m still using a non-Wordpress host but everything is at least under one roof (at Zen UK).

The Art Of Asking

amanda_palmerHere’s a quick review of Amanda Palmer’s book.

If you’re a huge fan you will read it anyway and you will love it, so this is for the rest of us. I like what she does and how she does it but I’m not a massive diehard fan.

I have blogged before about her TED talk. If you have seen it, seen the fallout or simply have a (possibly sceptical) view about TED in general, it might make you wary of this book. Don’t be.

Another theme of the book is the The Fraud Police from her commencement speech to The New England Institute of Art in 2011. If you enjoyed her TED you’ll like that too.

There are probably 3 things this book could have been. Thankfully it isn’t just fan fodder, and despite the title it isn’t merely an expansion of The Art Of Asking TED. It’s better than either of those would have been, it’s an autobiography with those aspects of her philosophy, and others, woven in.

It covers her experience of busking as a human statue, starting up her band (The Dresden Dolls), making her first CDs and funding an album, before getting signed and dropped. Then there’s her Internet career, the £1.2 million Kickstarter album, various controversies, marriage to Neil Gaiman and so on, up to date.

She’s had a really interesting career so there’s never a dull moment and the stories about her life, friends and fans are often very moving. As I tweeted when I finished it: I laughed out loud and I cried. She writes well.

I would like to have known more about her team and her management—there are key people around her we don’t hear much about (they are mentioned in the acknowledgements). But apparently it was edited down from over twice as long so maybe there wasn’t room.

So it’s a good music autobiography and if you have followed her ups and downs it fills in a lot of gaps. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in indie musicians and the many variants of DIY music biz.

I’m going to move web hosts

lorryMy current web host (BlueHost) is not very good. This year I have had severe outages and the helpdesk is not helpful, and they aren’t cheap.

I have identified a better hosting arrangement: move WordPress to WordPress.com and HTML to a very reliable web host. The cost will be less when it’s all done… and it will work better.

Unfortunately bits of the site will go missing for a few days during the move but it will all be back afterwards. Then, I’ll migrate the best pages of the HTML (the old bemuso.com web site) into WordPress a page at a time, and update them as I go. When it’s all in WordPress it will be far easier to update and it will look much cooler.

About half the old site has lost its relevance over the years so I’ll just retire those bits.

There is a bit of groundwork to do first so nothing will happen for a few weeks. I’ll post again right before the fun and games begin.

UPDATE: Research has shown moving WordPress to WordPress.com is not easy. There are tools but the media library (basically all the pictures) and links to it must be rebuilt manually. So I’m adjusting my move to leave out WordPress.com for now.