Evolution on the web

ev·o·lu·tion – A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.

Things must change, things must differ over time. In the 8 years and 135 days that I’ve been posting to this blog. I’ve written a lot. I’ve written very little too. Posts of pictures, quotes, links to sites that some of you don’t really care about are all things that I think have cluttered up this site at times. When I mo-blog from my phone it adds length to the site that really isn’t needed, when I post links to sites, I’m sure many of you just pass over the post without any regard for what content might be there.

Over the past few months I’ve thought about changing what I do here, how I do it and what kinds of other content I might like to do. I registered and hosted a new domain but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. I played with new equipment, tools, and software. I looked at old and new technologies as well as ideas of things still in the pipeline.

I don’t want to get rid of this site. I definitely don’t want to delete it and start over. I want to expand it. I want to make it something on its own with supporting sites coming and going adding content and value. I started with the idea of another WordPress Blog, too much effort to keep up and post to, I went to a podcast, I even recorded one episode that has since go by the way side, way too much to record and post a show when I’m in a hurry. I wanted something quick to post from, like from my phone via SMS, MMS, or even a quick post from a website. I wanted multimedia capabilities, an attractive interface, and a simple design. I wanted light-weight blogging with little effort basically.

I’ve started a Tumblelog. I’m using the Tumblr service and software to basically create more of a stream of consciousness. I Tweet, I blog, now I’m going to put the things that are too long to tweet and too short or just not right for blogging there. Some call this a lifestream, a microblog, a nanoblog, lifelogging and who knows what else, it’s what I want to post at that moment. It’s quick, easy and not written over a long period of time. That’s what this site will remain for, long posts with true content. Not quick photos and quips and quotes.

What is the site you ask? Apartment721.com, there’s even a mobile version for those of you with iPhones, Blackberries and the like, Apartment721.com/mobile.

I’ll post semi-regularly (hopefully) and there will be links back to my tweets and blogs there. You might think of it as more of a central site for me, if you look there you’ll see my tumbl’s (?), tweets, and blog posts as they are all posted. Then you can click the posts to dig further. All in all I hope that this helps me put out more content in a way that everyone wants to see it and keeps the clutter off of this site.

Drop a comment, let me know what you think, although remember that design tweeks are still being made to the new site, be gentle. Things are changing, and I think its a good thing.

8 years!

On November 30, 1999 I made the first blog post of my life. In the last 8 years I’ve posted 1,554 posts with over 200,000 words.

In all those years much has changed. New friends, new loves and hates, new jobs. So much in what has been essentially 1/3rd of my life.  It’s really kind of amazing when you think about it, for nearly 1 out of every 3 years that I’ve been alive, I’ve been keeping track of triumphs and tribulation averaging one post every 2 days.

Over the years I’ve been met by people who think that blogging is worthless or useless. I beg to differ, it’s my outlet, my escape, my place to be me and sometimes its just there to mark occasion. As I’ve said before, it’s my space, way be there was that horrendous thing known as MySpace.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the insight into my mind and my life. There have been some hard posts to write, some that I wish I would have taken more time with and some that I still question their value. If you don’t blog, or don’t blog enough I would encourage you to post now and then, make it a habit, say something, anything is better than nothing. In a few years you can look back at what you thought was important and realize that life is in control of you much more than you are controlling it.

Contact!

I’ve made it!

WordPress 2.3 is installed both here at LoSC and at work. It’s taken me most of the morning, I had some very outdated plugins here and the theme is less than helpful at being customizable. Work was a bit easier but I had to take every precaution with backups and the like.

Arguably the biggest new feature of 2.3 is the addition of native tagging. I love tags, they make it easy to get the gist of something or relate it to something else. However, 2.3 did it wrong. It’s not intuitive, importing is in a weird spot ( Dashboard -> Manage -> Import) and management must be done basically through another plugin, Tag Managing Thing. The plugin works amazingly well. Tags support is lacking in the new version as well. Using this page and this page to learn about the tag cloud and tag features I found it hard to understand that in order to exclude tags from the cloud you must know the tag-id (term id) which isn’t easily accessed without the plugin and some checking of the address link of the tag you just “edited.” Confused? Yeah I was too, like I said it took me quite a long time.

I’m happy that the new version is out, I’ve been anticipating it for a while. If only things could have gone smoother and been more intuitive. Next version in 120 days (give or take) pending security releases in the mean time, I would predict a 2.3.1 release within the next 10 days at the latest. OSS is amazing sometimes, tons of accomplishment with so little time between major releases.

A little cleaning

trashcan_full.pngI couldn’t sleep last night, at all. I fixed up the blog a bit, got rid of some old plugins, updated the theme (v 1.2) and changed the way some plugins work.

You might notice on the right side there is a posts, words, and comments tally. These have changed slightly in the last few hours, now only posts (not pages) are counted in the posts and words tally. Comments haven’t changed, only you can change that number my friend.

over 748 pagesI’m not over 200,000 words as I thought I was, yet. Currently though, the total stands at around 187,000 if you were to print this at the publishing industry standard 250 words per page (Google Answers link). I would have written a book of over 748 pages, at 200,000 we cross over 800 pages. In comparison The Lord of the Rings (depending on which version you look at) is about 1100 pages or 275,000. I’m no Tolkien, not even close. But to know what it really takes to write a tome that long is certainly eye opening.

I guess in retrospect nothing really has changed for you, the reader, but only for me, the lonely keeper of this site. Keep reading, commenting and writing on your own sites.

Some quick stats

I havne’t provided any stats for a while, here’s April:

  • 2,335 visits / 294.9 per day
  • 51,680 hits / 1,722.67 per day
  • Only 15 blog posts
  • Interesting Search Terms
    • church slogans (7)
    • woman ass (4) Better than man ass I guess.
    • massachusetts favorit dinner called dinner of u.s.a (3) 3 people spelled favorite wrong? Wow.
    • riding lawn mower pregnant hurts (2) Umm…

An interesting month really, the most visits ever, just beating January 2007 by about 80. I like seeing the consistent number of visitors each month of 2000-2500. Tell your friends, keep commenting and keep blogging on your own sites.