Of Past, Present, and Future

Howdy ho!  Me again with another random “yes, I’m still alive” check in. 

Sorry for the continued long stretches without posts.  I have a crap ton of stuff I keep meaning to post about, but I’m also significantly behind on a major project at work so it’s eating most of my time.  I also had some major stuff going on in my personal life (mostly good stuff) that also took a ton of my time over the last few months. 

This year I will be celebrating An Eclectic World’s 20th anniversary – yes, seriously.  It first came online in September 1995!  Holy cow…it is fun (and embarrassing) to go back through some of the archive.org snapshots for it.  Fortunately for me, they don’t have any from those first few years before it had it’s own domain. :-P

Which also means I’ve been doing something web design/development related for 20 years…damn that’s a long time!  Of course, back when I coded that version of my site, it was all hand coded HTML written out in a basic text editor, I think PICO if I remember right. 

The web was still rather shiny and new to most of us then, so my plain text site was “impressive”.  Now it would just look old and embarrassing beside the stuff I produce today, but it was where I got started so I’ll always have fond memories of it.

Anyway, enough tripping down nostalgia lane.  I admit, the lack of posting that I’ve been able to do did make me consider shutting down this site, sending it to the same graveyard as my old anime/manga blog.  But I don’t really want to do that, in no small part because I also use this site for my own self-referencing, especially stuff I haven’t seen posted about in a lot of other places. :-P 

But there will be changes coming.  I haven’t fully decided on some stuff, but I do know that:

  1. the site will be going through a rename (yes, again); I’ll reveal the new name next month after I snag the domain name :-P (of course, this domain will redirect to it once it’s live)
  2. I will be switching to WordPress – Mango Blog is clearly dead and I believe WordPress will meet my needs fine; the only thing I haven’t found yet, mostly because I haven’t searched yet, is a syntax highlighter for posting code snippets. I’m sure there is one though.
  3. Probably a new look due as much to the difficulty in adapting my template to WordPress than anything else
  4. Greater focus on the things I work with now: PHP, Bootstrap, jQuery, WordPress, CSS, and MySQL, and less on ColdFusion, PostgreSQL, and other technologies I’m moving away from.

I don’t have a full time line for all of these changes, but my target goal is to at least have the first three done before the end of the year, and more ideally within a month or two of actually being done said project at work (or at least to the point I’m not putting in 11-12 hour days and weekends).

I am also considering merging my personal blog into this site, at least to some degree.  LiveJournal, where my blog is hosted, is still active, but most of the people I knew there are not and it doesn’t seem like most people are interested in joining it just to read stuff.  Whether I do that will depend on being able to set up Wordpress well for having “friend only” entries (like LiveJournal) and if I decide I want to leave LiveJournal.  If I do take that step, this site would then have more personal entries mixed in with my web developing stuff, at minimal my monthly goal check ins and the like.

So that’s kind of what’s going through my head around ColdFusion Beyond right now.  Again, apologies for the lack of actual “content” type posts, but more than likely that quiet will keep going the rest of this month and into May while I work my crazy schedule. 

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