• Who am I?

    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.

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  • Setting up to expand my blog empire…

    Posted by Qrystal on February 5, 2008 at 9:08.
    Category: Webmastering. Tags: blogging, wordpress.

    I am probably far too new to blogging and wordpress to have such lofty goals, but I honestly feel that I need to persue this idea passionately. My history, my personality, and my goals are all so in line with blogging, that I can’t help but want to take every spare moment and put it towards teaching myself about blog management. When I ask myself about my priorities, this blog and its brethren come quite high on the scale, but thankfully I don’t think that I am losing track of the importance of the other things I need to be doing.

    In fact, because I am learning to be very careful with my time, I quickly realized that I needed to streamline the blog management process if I am to make sure that I don’t spend excessive time fiddling with stuff. One potential time-sucker is the installing and updating of plugins (and wordpress itself, for that matter). With more than one blog under my command (muhaha, I still can’t help but think of it in Star Trekkish terms), it felt like those processes were more complicated than they needed to be. After all, I had two (going on three) blogs to update: “beautiful physics“, this one, and the new “green reasoning” blog I’ve been discussing building with my dad. Doubling my steps was bad enough; did I really want to start tripling it? Hell no.

    So I started investigating how other people handled multiple blogs… and also brainstorming about what I would attempt in order to reduce maintenance time. The first idea I had was to use a single plugins directory for multiple blogs… so I googled ‘wordpress “symbolic links”‘, and thankfully, someone more suited to the task was way ahead of me on the idea. Woot! Anything I don’t have to do myself is great news, in my opinion.

    Unfortunately, my newbishness slowed me down in implementing it. I learned a lot about the wordpress structure while working on it though, so I felt it was a worthwhile Saturday night nonetheless. (My husband in the next room was involved in almost-as-geeky persuits, so I don’t feel like a complete loser.. at least, not alone! :P) Sicker still, I feel like reliving the experience to write about it here… maybe I’m just hoping my steps and struggles will be helpful to someone.

    For whatever reason, here’s an overview of my Saturday Night Adventure With Virtual Multiblogs:






    And now, as I’m logging into my account preparing to post all this, I am greeted by the announcement that there is a new version of WordPress. My first reaction was to cry out, NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! but once that got giggled out of my system, I thanked my lucky stars that I get to check just how easy it is to upgrade, now that I have multiblogs. Here’s hoping that it will be as easy as I hope…!!!! :)

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