Chances are if that question is going through your mind, you were one of my few fans wondering where the heck my old website disappeared. Unfortunately, several months of inactivity have left this website dusty and unvisited. It was time for a change.
This marks reboot #5 of my website since it first began in 2002. Back then, it was a generic personal site. Over time, it evolved into an online book. But even then, the site itself kept me from writing as often as I wanted. Specific reasons for the change include:
- Because my site is powered by WordPress, the need to keep its version up-to-date is imperative. However, because of my custom template functions, this could not be easily done without taking away time from writing actual content
- The way I structured the stories relied on WordPress 2.0, the first version I used. On my end, lots of hacking permitted me to display my tales in multiple parts. The current version of WordPress is flexible enough out-of-the-box to handle this without most of my customizations, which I can gladly back out
- Because of these customizations, I could only publish stories. Anything else I wanted to talk about — musings on the day’s news, art projects I am working on, or my own desire to contribute to the WordPress community — couldn’t be displayed. This new blog permits me to do all of the above and keep them distinct and separate from one another
My previous website was centered around stories, both one-off tales and their combination into a never-ending biography called The Book of Spam. New chapters will be written, while those from the past will be republished as soon as they are modified to be WordPress-future-proof.
On the side, I will be dedicating some time to several projects I’ve wanted to present online. These include:
- Some of my photography experiments
- My latest artwork, including sketchbook jams that are part of my 2009 resolutions
- Explorations of my WordPress ideas, including some nifty site ideas I have in store
So thanks for bearing with me. Yet again.