This site has been in stand-by mode for some time now. It’s taken me a while to figure out just what to do with it. It was definitely time for a revamp and a relaunch, but I just couldn’t get my head around how to approach it.
You see, the site was hacked again. Yes, again. It happened once in 2010 (twice within a couple of months, actually), and then just over a year ago.
I was going to abandon WordPress. I was really seriously considering it. Because WordPress was the software running my site both times it was hacked. I even went so far as to install Joomla on the site and play around with it for a while. It was complicated, and my brain got tired really quickly from trying to learn a new content management system.
Next thing I tried was reading a tutorial on how to create my own blogging system using HTML and PHP. It was fun for a while, but then reality set in, and I realized that if I wanted anything beyond simple blogging, I would have to write the modules myself.
The amount of thinking time that elapsed between these experiments (and before them and since them) can be measured in months. I kept putting things off and putting things off and again putting things off.
Today, I realized that if I want to do this blogging thing again, I really need to go back to WordPress. I’m very familiar with it, I’m comfortable with it, and they’re constantly upgrading and improving it.
So here we are. This is my first post in a year or so, and it’s back on WordPress. The site still needs some customization, but I figured that to really get things rolling again, I needed to reinstall the software and then write something right away.
I have a love/hate relationship with the internet, which is probably the main reason I’ve taken so long to decide to blog again. There’s no arguing that the web is incredibly cool, and that you can do a lot of amazing things with it, but there’s a tremendous amount of idiocy, mean spirit, and just plain hatefulness out there.
It gets me down from time to time.
It can also bring on the outrage. Oh yes, the outrage. It can be intense, and it can cause me to write foam-at-the-mouth blog posts.
This is unlikely to change.
Just so you have fair warning.
See you soon.