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Learning Opportunities

Learning Opportunities

“All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.” ~ Winston Churchill

Opportunity has been one of those words that have been pretty popular in the last few years to give a positive spin to basically mean, this needs fixing. Instead of whatever it is being a dreaded task, it is an opportunity.

Well, I experienced a learning opportunity this week.


Learning OpportunitiesI have been wanting to move our site from Weebly to WordPress for some time. Yesterday, I decided to do a bit of research as to how to make the big jump. I thought I had figured it out…at least in part.

I was only forgetting one thing…

I forgot that I had not made copies of my blog posts.


Now here is one of the sad parts…I had made this same mistake but with different consequences on another blog I write for once before. I had learned from that mistake to always write your posts in a word processor and save them to your computer. However, for some reason, I was not doing this on our Kapp’s Kitchen site. I have NO idea why I wasn’t doing this.

So…I have lost everything I had written for our Kapp’s Kitchen blog. Boo!

Another bummer about it is I had recently been featured on a lady’s website that promised a fairly decent bump in visitor traffic. If you don’t know anything about blogging and websites, the more visitor traffic you get, the higher you rank in search engines like Google. The higher you rank in search engines, the more traffic you get and the more likely people looking to buy a tasty cookie will find Kapp’s Kitchen.

Shiny!Learning Opportunities: “Everything’s shiny, Cap’n. Not to fret.” – Kaylee

So, there are a couple of silver linings.

  1. I did have all our photos and videos backed up…just not what I had written.
  2. We only had a few posts that we lost and not years worth of posts.
  3. This gave me the opportunity to finally get things together and get the site moved over to WordPress.
  4. I learned a valuable lesson…again.

The future is bright!

Learning Opportunities: Future is BrightSo, now that I am getting the website up and polished. A new menu plugin means a more organized menu and an opportunity to review our pricing.

I’m so excited to move away from Weebly. Weebly is a very user-friendly website building application but you are very locked in by the very few things they offer unless you are willing to pay. I am not. WordPress is a bit more difficult to navigate at times but the possibilities and customizations are virtually infinite.

Over the next few weeks, I plan to rewrite the older posts and repost them along with some new, exciting posts (including more videos). We have lots of exciting things planned for Kapp’s Kitchen in 2017 and now with a fancy new website, we are ready to take off.

One thing we want to start incorporating is answering people’s cooking and baking questions. So, if you have any questions we would love to hear them! Send your questions in by commenting below or emailing us at

Do you have any recent learning opportunities you would like to share? I’d love to hear them. Maybe we can all learn from each other’s mistakes before we make the same ones ourselves.

  • Jean |

    I really sympathize with you! Technology is, well, don’t get me started. So glad you’re going to forge ahead, and I look forward to visiting. And I must tell you I appreciate that you have utilized the “I’d rather post as a guest” feature of the Disqus commenting system. There are millions of people who would love to comment on blogs but do not comment on any that require them to “jump through hoops,” such as logging in with passwords. Thanks for making it easier for your readers.

    • Thanks. 😀

      I understand. I didn’t realize that Disqus had the option for guest posting until I was setting it up this week for this blog. It is good to hear that it is an easier process. Guess I need to go make sure the option is available on my other blogs, as well. 😀

  • Wow so sorry you lost what you wrote! That would be so disappointing, but I’m glad you are looking on the bright side of things. I hope it will go much better for you now. Visiting from #FreshMarketFriday

  • Debbie Kitterman

    I have heard switching platforms can be difficult. I haven’t had to do that really, just once, but I learned early on to keep copies and back ups of everything… whew. I am sorry that you have had to go through such a rough time, but I like that you are able to see the silver lining in things even in the midst of what must be frustration. Your neighbor today at #MondayMusings

  • Debbie Kitterman

    hey, we are also neighbors at #LMM – how awesome is that 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing. I do not write my posts on a separate word processing program. I usually use the WordPress forms. I thought about backing up to a zip drive. Maybe I will explore that more. Thanks for sharing your insights on the #LMMLinkup this week.

  • Sharon Culpepper Britt

    I started out in WordPress and love it. I’ve heard switching platforms is difficult. Thanks for sharing your lessons learned with us at Vintage Charm.

  • Welcome to the world of WordPress. And thank you for linking-up with us at The Blended Blog.

    • I’ve used WordPress for a couple of years on a couple of other websites I’ve built. I just wanted to check out another builder and learned that WordPress is still the best out there. 🙂

  • Jann Olson

    Wow, didn’t know you would lose all that if you changed over. I am still blogger and haven’t done any of that. 🙁 Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • Well, there are ways of converting to another building platform that you will not lose your work but I made a mistake that did cause me to lose it all. I may have been able to go back and fix my mistake but since I didn’t actually have that much content up yet, I didn’t think it was worth the work to recover it. 🙂

  • I’m so sorry that you lost your posts but I’m so excited you are moving to WordPress. You will love it, and I am sure you will see a jump in traffic too. I certainly did when I moved to WP a few years ago. And this is a great post to share – because if we don’t make mistakes, we don’t learn. Thank you so much for being a part of The Hearth and Soul Link Party.

  • Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

  • Good luck in your switch. I made the switch in 2014 and was glad that I did. Thanks for linking up with us at the #LMMLinkup this week.

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