Migrating Blog Posts

I looked around for an easy way to migrate all the content from my old blog to this new one. While some automated solutions for moving from Blogger to Drupal are available, I decided it would be better to do it all by hand. This gives me a chance to pick only the Best of Undefined Value, and to do some editing.

It's not really that hard. Just click the edit button for the old post, select all, copy, click my "Create Story" bookmark, paste.

The only tedious part is setting the date. The old site has dates in MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS AM/PM format, whereas Drupal wants YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS, so I can't just copy and paste.

Luckily, there's not much good stuff on the old site, so I hope to have the Monthly archive block on the left filled in a few weeks.

The New Focus

I've been thinking a lot about what I want Undefined Value to be. These are the reasons I have this blog:

  • I enjoy writing and I like to practice.
  • I want to make contact with other people who care about the things I care about.
  • I want to be able to go back and review what I was thinking in the past.
  • For potential clients and employers, I want to have a collection of writings that demonstrate that I'm smart and that I take my work very seriously.
  • I want to exercise my rudimentary website design and administration skills.

I don't expect to become a top blogger or generate ad revenue or become an influential thought leader. However, I do want people to read what I write, so I want to attract readers and keep the quality high.

To that end, I have decided to narrow the focus of this blog. Up to now, I think the audience of Undefined Value has consisted of these segments:

  1. Software developers
  2. People who are not software developers, but who are interested in software and information technology
  3. Private pilots
  4. Friends and family

Going forward, I'm going to concentrate on the first two groups. I haven't flown for a couple of years, so I don't have much to say to pilots anymore. The friends and family can be served via Facebook or my personal website.

That doesn't mean I won't occasionally post a picture of my dogs or re-tell a good fart joke I overheard. It just means that I'm going to focus on things that are of interest to "technology people."

I want to be both a teacher and a learner, so I'll be posting articles that share what I've learned but which also invite commentary.

Thanks for reading, and let me know what you want me to write about.

Undefined Value Takes a Flying Leap

For the last five years, has been the home of my blog, Undefined Value. Blogspot is a great free platform for bloggers to get their feet wet, but I've decided I want to have a "real blog" on a website I control, so Undefined Value now lives at

I intend to get more serious about blogging. We'll see how that goes.

I'm going to try to get all the content from from the old blog moved over here. Again, we'll see how that goes.

Thanks to everyone who has read and commented on my blog over the years, and I hope you enjoy the new look. Feel free to leave feedback about the new site. I'm sure I've configured some things incorrectly, so if you have trouble navigating or leaving comments or doing anything else that you should be able to do on a "real blog," I really do want to know about it.

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