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I SWITCHED OVER TO MEDIUM THEN FEAR PARALYZED ME

Every time I get halfway through a post, this lump forms in my chest and I can’t think clearly enough to complete another sentence.

A few weeks ago, I published an article announcing my switch from WordPress to Medium. It’s not a popular move, let me tell you. Most people who blog professionally (read “makes lots of money blogging”) think I’m being foolish.

But it doesn’t matter to me whether they’re wrong or they’re right, because whether search engines rank my pages isn’t my biggest problem. No, my biggest problem is that I’ve had to wrestle with myself to get anything written.

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WHY I SWITCHED TO MEDIUM AFTER 11 YEARS OF SELF-HOSTED WORDPRESS

I began my WordPress odyssey one year after Heather and I married on an island beach in the Caribbean. So when I say that I’m leaving WordPress for another CMS, a lot of emotions are involved. It’s an odd predicament, transferring my 11 year-old blog from WordPress to Medium. It feels like quitting a job in which I’ve achieved mastery in order to do something entirely fantastical and, at least in the minds of some, entirely impractical.

I want to take you briefly through the history of this site’s evolution and wrap up with some reasons why this change had potential to work.

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What’s So Wrong With Idealism?

For the past year and a half, I’ve been overly apologetic when I explain our homestead to first time visitors. I play it down a lot, because I’m seeing all the unrealized potential that I was expecting to have achieved by now.

There are good reasons, naturally. My health took a noticeable nose dive since 2012, which is saying a lot considering the challenges I’d already been facing for the better part of a decade. Still, I hate to be that guy who was once-upon-a-time going to do something exciting and different but is now just a guy with a bunch of land that just sits there.  Read more

American Sniper Shames Me at Homesteading

As I watched the parade of cars drive down the Texas streets, I cried a few tears. How pointless. A man who risked so much and survived so many possible deaths lost his life taken to a fellow veteran on American soil! The tragedy. Read more

The Dominiques Are Ready

After nearly two months of coop time, our Dominiques are finally ready to see the world. I’ve opened the coop door wide open three times now and like Noah’s dove, they bring back stories of hope for their sisters cowering inside the ark.

Today we will bribe them all to come outside with a trail of non-GMO no-soy feed. It may take as long as a week for them to venture from the barn itself. Then again, Dominiques are much more independent and resourceful than Australorps, so perhaps they’ll venture out faster.

Why wait so long to let them free range?

You can certainly set your chickens outside earlier. I’ve waited two months for several reasons.

  • An older bird is faster and smarter
  • They know where home is
  • They recognize my voice
  • Buys me time to get a sense of where they’re at

Reason #2 is the most important. I train them on my voice by making the same “chick chick chick!” sound when I bring their feed. The hens now recognize my call and they know where to roost, which makes evening last call that much easier. When I open the coop door at dusk and call them, they’ll come running for supper.

Is Fear Ever a GOOD Thing?

We’re about to have goat babies. Each morning, I glance out the window apprehensively, wondering if today’s the day Daisy gives birth. I’m not sure when D Day will be, because we kept our buck with the does instead of carefully planning conjugal visits. Our two other does gave birth over the past month, so it feels like Daisy is behind schedule. It’s a mental hang up, but it’s hard to shake. Read more

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