Changing Things Up

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice.
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September 13, 2021

Boy, it’s been a journey these last few weeks.

I decided to start a redesign of the site using Elegant Themes’s Divi a couple of weeks ago and, well, it went a lot faster than I thought it would.

And in the middle of it, I ended up cleaning all the directories on my web server because somehow someone somewhere found a vulnerability–I expect it was in my old theme–and just got their dirty mitts on everything.

So many scans. So many things uninstalled and reinstalled. Including WordPress. It was a mess.

Sadly, this meant I had to erase my not-used-for-15-plus-years Movable Type installation. The database is still there, though, so I need to get that off the web server and into my personal archives–because everyone wants to read about my horrible job in 2002. I looked through those entries and while yes, that job was horrible and I am not the least bit sad that Britt’s been dead since 2006, it had nothing on what went down the last 18 months of my former career.

I honestly don’t know which is worse: open hostility or emotional abuse. Both are pretty bad and have no place in any sort of environment. They do have one thing in common: I left both positions with my confidence in myself and my competence shattered.

And that was one reason I had redesigning this site on my list of things to do–to prove to myself, in some small way, that I am competent and that I can do this.

Next up: some freelance work I’m really excited about and then forking and improving a python application because I want to and I think it’ll be fun.

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