Decade

So I’ve been “blogging” since March 2001. When I look at the first year or two from the vantage point of being 32 and not 22 or 23, all I can think is, “I wish that we’d had Twitter back then. That stuff would work better in short form.” Most of us say this about old work: the writing’s terrible, the thoughts are poorly-formed, the opinions have changed. This is all true, especially for me.

I sometimes wonder why I keep writing in this space, but I come down to the same answers:

  1. I’m writing for a future version of me, the one who was interested in what I was thinking then. My opinions on things have changed in so many ways, and it’s interesting to go back and look at why I thought what I did back then, or perhaps to look at the fact that I had little basis for the point argued.
  2. I write to remember, because I will forget. I write publicly because I’ve proven time and again that I will not write privately on a consistent basis. I’ve even proven this in the last six months as I’ve come out of the deepest depression of my life and through the only extended time of unemployment I’ve ever known. I haven’t really written a lot since then, and I suppose that’s good, because there’s not a lot of the last six months that I want to remember.
  3. I write to say that I’m still here, still kicking, and still thinking. I don’t want any of that to change.

Sometime in late 2011 or early 2012, I will have had a public, self-controlled online presence where I publish personal items for a third of my life. That’s awesome.

A New Comment Policy

The amount of time that I have given to thinking about comments on this site, in comparison to the number of actually worthwhile comments, is pretty staggering. My ideal audience for this site is still me, and perhaps my mom. [Mom would probably like me to use less profanity.] One of the issues I’ve run into with site comments in the past—far more here than in other places—is that the noise rapidly drowns out the signal. Administrator curation of comments isn’t going to work for a lot of sites, but I bet it’s going to work for this one.

Anytime you talk about comment moderation, you raise the hackles of the “information wants to be free! I have a right to free speech!” crowd. I wholeheartedly believe in information and speech freedoms, but I don’t have to let you express those freedoms here in my space. It’s like my good friend Noah Grey liked to say about his site: consider it his living room, and act accordingly. You’ve got a right to your speech on your terms, and I have zero requirement to let you have it here. It’s that simple.

Honestly, given the proliferation of Twitter and Facebook, I’m beginning to think that commenting directly on blogs is on the wane. Today’s tossed-off link is 2004’s me-too. Blog comments made sense in a world where you couldn’t easily reply on your own terms, but the explosion of self-expression platforms has muted that as a concern. Now people seem to shill for comments in some validation of their popularity.

Thinking about this does make me think about my own propensity to comment ad infinitum on things friends post. I should be more intentional about such things …

You know you’re getting old …

… when you look at the theme on your site and go, “Man, that text is too small.” Anyhow, new theme installed and all that. That header comes from a photo I took back last March. I’ve used that as a background on my site before. A 940×198 crop of Andy O playing his guitar last March was my runner up; guess I’d have to crop that to just the body of the guitar, though.

My vision’s fine, though. It’ll go downhill around the time I hit 40, but hey, I’m not even 32 yet. There’s still time for me to revel in my better-than-20/20 vision before those decades of mocking the other nerds for their glasses come back to bite me in the ass. [Hey, we needed some levity around here.]

Sunday Reading: 2 May 2010

So, what I’ve decided to do is not close down my linkdumps; enough people find value in them to keep it going. I guess this question was raised, in part, by my desire to have something that enriched my readers a bit more. Well, I think I’ve come across what I’ll do: a Sunday linkdump of longer-form reading. These are the really interesting things I’ve found on the Web this week, powered by Instapaper, which I use to digest long-form Web reading for later perusal.

Starting Over, Again

I’m a fan of starting over … beginning anew … trying again. I think that it’s one of those important things that we do in life.

As a result, I’m starting over here. I’ve never been a great adherent to the what-goes-where school of thought with managing all these Weblogs, partially because I’ve never had great focus for any one of them. I’ve been thinking about what I do [and don’t do] here in this space, and I think I’ve finally found a focus: looking forward, looking back.

This certainly means that some of the entries will stay. Some of them, though, need to go, to be moved other places. I’ll accomplish that in the next week or so, powered by some SQL-fu and some awesomeness thanks to John Godley’s Redirection plugin for WordPress.

Thanks for the patience and for being a part of it.

Geof

GFMorris.com v1.3.0

I’ve done some minor work on the stylesheet over the last few months, but I finally broke down tonight and spent a half-hour putting together a category template for the theme here. Yeah, I’m lazy. 😉

I figure that I’ll finally finish a full theme for this site and then be completely ready for a new look soon thereafter.

Site Version 1.1.1

I’m calling the present state of GFMorris.com’s layout Version 1.1. Added since you last viewed the site:

At some point, I’ll work even more on making this layout more theme-like, but I’ve already spent way too much of my Sunday mucking with this.

Update: We’re now to 1.1.1, with Comment Quicktags added and the comment entry area restyled a bit.

Eating My Own Dog Food

Okay, it’s time to eat my own dog food. I’ve been openly campaigning for user-registration systems for logware for almost a year, and now that WordPress has an option for users to register themselves … so I’m going to enable it. I’m even going to take the Draconian step of requiring users to register to be able to comment.

You may feel free to complain about this policy … after you’ve registered for an account. 🙂