Ramblings of a "New American" Gardener

This is the new View from Federal Twist

January 26, 2013

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View from Federal Twist has moved from Blogger to WordPress. Please use this new url to reach this blog:


If you are a Follower of my Blogger site and want to continue to receive your posts from the WordPress site on your Google Reader, click http://feeds.feedburner.com/federaltwist/vQTA (or the Subscribe to Posts button in the right hand sidebar). This opens a new tab with the option to subscribe to my WordPress site and have it delivered to your usual Google Reader (or a variety of other RSS readers). To reach the old View from Federal Twist from this new WordPress blog, click on the Blogger Archive button to the right.

This new blog was created by Karen Wilde at www.wildleycreative.com. I highly recommend her for her creative work, knowledge, and user friendliness.

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Emily January 27, 2013 at 1:37 am

Hey! I made it to the new site. Congratulations on the move.


James Golden January 27, 2013 at 2:02 am

You’re the first visitor. Thanks for letting me know. I’m still learning to use it. Quite different from Blogger.


Michael B. Gordon January 27, 2013 at 3:37 am

Beautiful new header!


James Golden January 27, 2013 at 3:44 am

Decisions, decisions. Do I keep my “brand” or make it easy to tell them apart. My consultant, Karen (recommended by Anne Wareham), agreed better to make them different. To me this one has a hint of something Japanese.


Diana Studer January 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

10 out of 10 for the new header. This one tells your garden story. New blog, new URL, definitely deserves a fresh header. Now I have 2 blogs running I appreciate being able to see immediately which blog I’m on (at yours and mine).


Liisa January 27, 2013 at 7:56 am

Beautiful, James! Such a fresh, new look, congratulations, and Happy New Year, too!


James Golden January 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Liisa, and a Happy New Year to you too. It’s encouraging to know you found the new blog.


Helen January 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Welcome to your new home – I love your new banner. I will update the link on my blog


James Golden January 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Thank you, Helen. I’m still a little lost. It’ very different from Blogger.


Janet/Plantaliscious January 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Good luck getting to grips with your new blogging world! At least you shouldn’t have any problems with spam. Have updated my link to your blog, and my email subscription. Clean look for a clean start!


James Golden February 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Thanks, Janet.


Shenandoah Kepler January 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Hi James,
We too shifted to wordpress on our own site very early on and have been very happy. Wordpress themes, plugins, and other software have been very rugged and very flexible for us. And it was very scary at first in the inevitable learning phase. As I am sure you already know, just keep updating all software when it alerts you, and import software add ons that are safety and security features (you don’t want your blog hacked) and you’ll be fine.
You have a beautiful blog and we find your thoughtful journal a pleasure to the mind! Thank you so much for sharing with us!
Best wishes to you and this new endeavor!


James Golden February 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I’m finding it a little confusing. My Popular Posts sidebar widget, for example, does not display some thumbnail photos and we can’t find out why. My blog consultant is trying to find out what the problem is.


Les January 28, 2013 at 12:23 am

Congratulations! Are there such things as blog-warming parities?


James Golden January 28, 2013 at 2:49 am

Not in this case. Just a lot of extra work because my old blog was apparently diseased. Or so the gods who watch over the Internet ruled.


Diana Studer January 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

PS as you move posts across from old to new they come up in a bunch in my Google Reader. If you could put “originally published May 2012” near the top – I would know I’ve read that, it isn’t actually a new post from January 2013 as the date says. I tend just to Delete as Read and hope I’m not missing a genuine new post …


James Golden January 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Diana, what if I use the original date of publication? Will that work?


Faisal Grant January 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

It all looks good James. We can’t ‘follow’, can we, like we can on Blogger, only subscribe to posts?


James Golden January 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Faisal, you may be able to. I haven’t yet learned about the WordPress widgets, and there probably is one that does that. I’m still on the learning curve. I also need to transfer my links to other blogs, etc.


Faisal Grant January 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Q#2: Can I get the new View onto ‘My Blog List’ as I did the old View? – thanks James.


James Golden January 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Yes you can. I use Google reader, and I can add WordPress blogs. No problem.


Rob (OurFrenchGarden) January 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Ah there you are….. (I’ve been away)

James the header picture is just beautiful – simple as thatl. Let us know how you find w/press.

I just stuck your new domain into ‘follow’ with no probs.

Bonne Année


James Golden January 29, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Hi, Rob – Wordpress seems more complex, at least at first, but I believe it’s more powerful and flexible too. I’ve been using Blogger for years, so the seeming complexity may simply be lack of familiarity. I’ll know in a couple of weeks. Welcome back to the beautiful Dordogne.


Ailsa January 29, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Congratulations James! It looks beautiful. I have been on Wordpress since my beginning and now that they have more template options, I’m considering doing an overhaul. Its a good way to clean house during these cabin fever months. One of the things I do is change my ‘header’ with the seasons or as the mood takes me. It allows for much more flexibility, I think. This way you don’t have to commit permanently to one image, which for you must have been agonizing!


James Golden January 30, 2013 at 2:45 am

Ailsa, I’m still getting used to it. And I have a lot of work to do. Drudge work like moving over links to other blogs, etc. Because my old blog was considered “spammy” by some Internet database, I have to redo everything by hand to make sure the problem doesn’t propogate to the new blog. No automation.


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