Sister Kat and Nephew Davis have come and gone, and their visit was both a tonic for Mom and a big surprise for Dad (Mom and I decided not to tell him of their pending arrival, and he was positively floored as a result). I’m glad they could spend some time with us, but their visit was kind of an omen because…well, this little missive from the Google people landed in my e-mailbox last Thursday:
To owner of http://thrillingdaysofyesteryear.blogspot.com,
Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.
If they’re anything like me (I try to avoid non-secure sites as a rule because I’m concerned about viruses) visitors to this ‘umble scrap of the blogosphere will start avoiding TDOY like a Shirley Temple film festival once this warning kicks in. I cannot blame them, and the remedy for this dilemma seems to be moving the blog to an HTTPS site. Many of the remedies I researched, however, involve me having to pony up some shekels for this privilege…so I have decided to go a cheaper more inexpensive route.
We’re moving to WordPress, baby!
Between now and October, members of the TDOY faithful will have the option of poring over the new blog content either here or its new address:
I’ll be doing duplicate posts at both sites to ensure an easier transition, and then when the changes take hold in October, the WordPress TDOY will be the permanent home. In the meantime, I’ll be moving many of the past posts (a particularly arduous task—like moving grains of beach sand with tweezers) and in fact, if you check out the new WordPress TDOY you’ll see a few posts assembled there already.
The WordPress TDOY probably won’t feature as many photos as the posts on the Blogger TDOY (I think there’s a limit at WordPress…but if I exceed it, I guess I’ll have to spend a few rubles after all) and on occasion the older posts might undergo a little editing (in one post, I mentioned that a movie was able for viewing on Hulu…so I just snipped that out) in their WordPress transition. I’d be lying to you if I said I was really jazzed about this move (it’s going to be a lot of work…and does it look like I’m not lazy?) but I had actually been considering “shaking things up” on the blog even before I got the Google e-mail, so this is as good a way to do this as any, I suppose. (I’ve also had a few People of Facebook tell me it’s a bit hard reading the blog on their phones, and WordPress is extremely phone-friendly.)
In conclusion: Google has now changed their motto from “Don’t be evil” to “What the hell—‘evil’ spelled backwards is ‘live’!” Stop by my new dee-luxe apartment in the sky and say hi-dy!