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12/31: Ch-ch-ch-changes!

I am in the midst of switching the world from Movable Type (again) and now to Wordpress. Welcome to the new blog! I started the “American Idol” blog in early 2005 just before the Bo Bice/Carrie Underwood season. Since then, the blog has generated more than 5 million page views. We actually changed to a different blog interface in 2007 but it was a one-year experiment and we reverted back to Movable Type in 2008. Now it’s about to be 2009 and welcome to Wordpress. Please be patient with me as I try to figure out the functionality here. I know there’s some polling software so that should be fun. 

Maybe I should try a link for kicks. Here’s a story about Fox resurrecting itself again in time for “Idol” in the New York Times.

I hope that works. I’ll try photos soon.

69 comments Add your comment

Mr WordPress

December 3rd, 2008
10:12 am

Hi, this is a comment.
To delete a comment, just log in, and view the posts’ comments, there you will have the option to edit or delete them.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 31st, 2008
11:45 am

Woooooooooooooohooooooooooooo!!!! this is going to be sooooooo much fun!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 31st, 2008
11:48 am

Rodney, will we have to actually create log-in for WordPress? Will there be an automatic link to do this? what will be the difference between logging in and just commenting on a blog? IS there a difference? I know, I know….waaaaay too many questions for this stage of your preparation! Curious minds, however, wish to know!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
11:53 am

Enter your comments here
Hello World!!!!!

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
12:04 pm

just one more question…:-) Why do I have to delete”Enter Comments Here” before I comment?

KPH

December 31st, 2008
12:14 pm

Enter your comments here Hello folks looks like we got a new format just in time for the new season. I will be joinig in on a daily basis once the season starts.

KPH

December 31st, 2008
12:18 pm

Rodney you need to remove the enter comments here thing.

KPH

December 31st, 2008
12:20 pm

Just stopped by to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!

JTesla

December 31st, 2008
12:29 pm

JTesla

December 31st, 2008
1:28 pm

I know the new format is just being tested, but I want to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year. As the old year trudges headlong to its demise remember… “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” – Paul Boese

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
1:29 pm

Life is GOOD!!!!! Lost, American Idol and a new format….my cup runneth over!!!!! :-)

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
1:29 pm

OMG!!!! AND emoticons!!!!!!! :-)

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
1:31 pm

Thank you, JT! Very true.

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
1:32 pm

Sheesh…I’m not used to comments just jumping straight up like that…it’s kinda startling and wonderful all at the same time.

KPH…happy to hear you’ll be joining us!

JTesla

December 31st, 2008
1:37 pm

Emoticons? Can we please have the “beat a dead horse” emoticon? Please??

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 31st, 2008
1:58 pm

JT, i love that idea!!! Rodney, are the emoticons pre-packaged or can we add suggested new ones??? you mean… i won’t have to make my ~¿@ anymore???? wooo hooo ;)

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 31st, 2008
2:01 pm

:) ;) :( :p
testing to see what works …

Harmony

December 31st, 2008
2:03 pm

Found it and had to try it! Talk to you later!!! I have a baby in need of visiting!!!

Harmony

December 31st, 2008
2:05 pm

I think I like it!!!

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
2:07 pm

Hug Asa for us Harmony!!!!

Harmony

December 31st, 2008
2:08 pm

Harmony

December 31st, 2008
2:09 pm

Bye Everyone.

KPH

December 31st, 2008
2:12 pm

Thanks Deirdre. :-)

JTesla

December 31st, 2008
2:17 pm

KPH, don’t wait for the new season to start, keep checking in. I’m sure someone will start an Idol countdown.

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
2:19 pm

JT…I’m sensing a little edginess today. Can we help?

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
2:20 pm

14 days to Idol!!!!! :-)

JTesla

December 31st, 2008
2:20 pm

Rodney: You may have already noticed, but the left margin needs a little space. At least it does on the two systems that I have viewed it on.

<— Insert space here.

JTesla

December 31st, 2008
2:27 pm

Edginess? Me? Nah. At least I don’t think so :)

GAgirl

December 31st, 2008
2:27 pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!!

War Eagle

December 31st, 2008
2:45 pm

Hello? Is this thing working?

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
3:25 pm

I’m sure there’s still a lot of tweaking to do. Looking at some of the ajc blogs that have been here for a little longer, there’s changes that can be made to make it nice and homey.

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
3:30 pm

Hey WE! We have a new place to play.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 31st, 2008
3:36 pm

WE, KPH, Harmony, GAGirl, and D, Nana, Harrietth, JTesla, et al. … so nice to be able to see our posts so quickly, eh? HAPPY NEW YEAR gang!!!

HarriettH

December 31st, 2008
3:37 pm

Hello, everyone! I am not sure what I am doing, but this looks like fun! Happy New Year!

Harrietth

December 31st, 2008
3:43 pm

And, to you, too, linny! You were the very first to invite this lurker to become one of the gang, and it has been so much fun. D, you were so welcoming, too, and I have really enjoyed joining you this year,and Nana, you’ve been wonderful. Thanks to all of you for the encouragement and “sistahood.” To everyone else whom I have come to “know” here, I look forward to another year with you. Almost forgot my Heroes buddy, JT. Thanks for the insights and great discussions.

KPH

December 31st, 2008
3:55 pm

Point taken JTesla I’ll be around. Only 14 day’s huh? I cant wait. I hope the new commentator will help Paula keep Simon reeled in some. She sure isnt hard to look at either. :-)

KPH

December 31st, 2008
3:57 pm

Back at ya Linny ! May 2009 be much better for our country than 2008 was.

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
4:00 pm

Wait a minute…Does Idol start on the 13th or the 20th? I may have jumped the gun. Wouldn’t be the first time! :-)

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
4:01 pm

:-) HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!:-)

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
4:01 pm

:-) HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! :-)

JTesla

December 31st, 2008
4:08 pm

It is the 13th!

After fighting for nearly a year to get a new blog format I need another cause to champion… I miss the left margin from the old blog. Can we move just that over here? After that I will be happy. Honest.

JTesla

December 31st, 2008
4:09 pm

Oh and thank you Rodney for getting us set up. I am grateful.

woodpappy

December 31st, 2008
4:27 pm

Well well…I like it! Very Nice indeed.

woodpappy

December 31st, 2008
4:28 pm

Where are the emoticons?

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
4:30 pm

woodpappy…type in the colon, the dash and the close parenthesis and voila! :-)

Nana

December 31st, 2008
7:13 pm

Happy Days are here again!!!! We’re moving on up to the east side!!!! Now we can shake, rattle and roll all we want. Thank you, thank you, Rodney.

12 days left before idol comes back. Just can’t wait.

I want to wish Deirdre, JT, WE, linny, harrieth, lara, GAgirl, KPC, woodpappy, Harmony, the rest of the regulars and the lurkers a Very Happy New Year. Please, please do not drink and drive. We want you around for the next 50+ years.

Nana

December 31st, 2008
7:18 pm

Okay for the sake of sounding stupid, I could not find the emoticons. I tried D’s steps and nothing happened. Was I supposed to type in the colon, dash and the parenthesis in the comment section? Dumb is me.

Deirdre

December 31st, 2008
7:24 pm

Nana…just make a smiley face like you normally would in the comment section and it posts as the emoticon.

JTesla

December 31st, 2008
9:03 pm

Well it looks like the left border has been fixed… or was it just me that saw that in the first place?

Stay safe everyone.

Harmony

December 31st, 2008
10:17 pm

Harmony

December 31st, 2008
10:20 pm

Happy Hew Year!!! Did you otice that I actually did an emoticon? :-)

Asa is still pretty and perfect! :-)

Harrietth

January 1st, 2009
8:29 am

Just dropped in to say good morning on the very first day of our new year. I watched the ball drop, then went to bed. But, I am up and at ‘em this morning. Gotta get my cooking mostly in hand before the bowl game at 11 and the others at 1 PM.

Lara

January 1st, 2009
6:29 pm

Hello fellow blogsters and hello 2009!!!
Just testing the new system…

AmyG

January 1st, 2009
8:59 pm

Hi guys, I know it’s been a long time, but I wanted to say Happy New Year! and I can’t wait until the new season begins!
I think this new format will be a wonderful thing.
I hope everyone has a wonderful 2009!
:)

Nana

January 1st, 2009
9:05 pm

Hope everyone had a safe and good NYE and a good start on 2009. I was in my kitchen this morning at 7:15 and have just completed all my clean up. Only had to cook for 26 people, and I am bone tired. Have to take dad back home tomorrow, then back home on Saturday, then I will collapse. Love the holidays but they do leave me worn out.

Let me see if I can do an emoticon……(:_:). I made be dumber than I think I am if it doesn’t work, so here goes.

Nana

January 1st, 2009
9:17 pm

Oh shoot it didn’t work. Oh well, I will figure it out later. To tired to do it now.

Deirdre

January 1st, 2009
10:09 pm

AMY!!!!!! how are you? So glad to see you again! Will you be joining us for the season?

Nana…go back to the old blog and I’ll type what you need to do to make a smiley face.

Harmony

January 1st, 2009
10:48 pm

I am tired :-( It was still a great week though!!! :-)

Deirdre

January 2nd, 2009
7:32 am

Good Morning blogsters!!!!!

I’m going to be very busy today so I won’t get to play on the new blog as much as I want to :-( but that’s ok. we’ll have plenty of time for fun and games once the season starts.

Hope y’all had a great New Year’s Day. Welcome to 2009 where blogs actually post a comment as soon as you hit enter.

Lara

January 2nd, 2009
8:12 am

Good Friday morning blogsters. There seem to be a bit more people here in the office today than I thought there would be. But here I am, slaving away!!!
I hope that 2009 brings the best for all of you!!!
Can’t wait for the new season to start.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

January 2nd, 2009
9:40 am

Me too, Lara, lots more people than I expected :( Oh well!!!

Looking forward to the new year, New AI, New Lost, New 24 … and I’m enjoying “Leverage” as well… sort of a cross between Mission Impossible and The Equalizer, with maybe a touch of McGuyver thrown in.

going to be strange with Grissom leaving CSI… And there’s that “World Dancer” program (another Lythgoe project, I believe)

amazingly, i don’t get to goof off today :-(

catchya later, gang!!! Happy New Year!!!

kelly&carriefan

January 2nd, 2009
1:09 pm

Hi y’all!

This is gonna be awesome…whoo-hoo! Oh, and Happy New Year! :)

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

January 2nd, 2009
2:35 pm

kcfan… i keep wanting to type “kfc” instead of kcf…. maybe it should be “kellyfan&carrie2″ which would be kfc2…

*duck!*

sorry i couldn’t help it… my fingers just must be thinking about chicken or something…

ok ok, i’ll stop (temporarily) with the stupid jokes…

;)

Anne

January 3rd, 2009
1:44 pm

Hi everybody! I’m new to posting, but have been reading everything for about 3 yrs. Started watching AI in the Taylor Who season and have been addicted ever since. Can’t wait for the new season – changes & all! I know I’ll learn a lot on here (always have), and just I hope I won’t make anybody too mad at me. LOL!

GAgirl

January 3rd, 2009
4:24 pm

Welcome Anne. Glad to have you with us.

linny at home

January 4th, 2009
9:05 am

Welcome Anne!!! Please, jump in any ol’ time! I’m going to the other article now, but wanted to welcome you to the bandwagon!!!

Deirdre

January 4th, 2009
10:38 am

Anne…welcome to the blog. If you’ve been reading for 3 years then you know a lot more about us than we do about you. Looking forward to your input! :-)

Anne

January 4th, 2009
1:27 pm

Thanks for the warm welcomes! OK, Deirdre, here’s a little about me. Was 13 when the Beatles came out, which makes me older than dirt. Born & raised right here in the ATL – high school, college, the whole thing. Used to hang out in the 14th St Hippie District when I was in high school…..Loved music my whole life…..currently have a b/f who played percussion w/ some of the greats when they were in town – Allman Bros., BB King, etc. Which kinda makes watching AI w/ him a little bit of a challenge – smarmy comments, lame jokes – I usually keep a water pistol handy to squirt him when things get really bad :>)
So….let’s hope for a great AI year. It’s only a little over a week away – whoo hoo!

Deirdre

January 4th, 2009
5:18 pm

LOL!! The water pistol is a great idea. My hubby won’t even stay in the room while AI is on(which makes him safe from water pistols)

Thanks for the info. And don’t worry…you’re older than some of us but not all of us!

Those of us who hang out here are genuinely looking forward to the return of some old favorites and the addition of opinionated newbies(don’t worry, you won’t be a newbie for long)