Hello, World! Long time, no see.
You may have noticed that my blog disappeared for a couple of years, to the point where it even got blown off of Google (goodbye hard-earned SEO, lol!). You would have had to hit up the Wayback Machine to read anything I had previously written here. But like any good undead creature, this guy is back, although whether or not resurrecting this thing is a good idea remains to be seen.
When my hosting contract expired back in 2016, I didn’t really have it in me to go out and find a new web host and to migrate the site. I was swamped with a bunch of projects, and was essentially burned out too. I hadn’t blogged personally since 2012, didn’t see myself doing so again any time soon, and I just wanted to take a break from the public spotlight for a while. So I made sure to take a backup of the site, and then as with many of my old houseplants and/or human relationships, let the whole thing die of neglect.
That isn’t to say that I wasn’t busy doing other things. Just Google me and you’ll see that I’ve still been up to various hijinks and shenanigans and have left my mark in various places, both publicly and privately.
But I had a few spare moments these last few days as I wait for various things to settle, so I decided to get off my butt and bring back the old blog. Luckily, my backups were still good! However, I have to be honest: It’s taken me a while to get back into the WordPress way of doing things. Lots of the plugins I used to use are no longer maintained, so just tracking down replacements took a lot of time. And I’m still not done: There’s lots of old copy that has yet to be updated, and so many dead links that I need to figure out what to do about.
You’ll also notice some additional content on here that didn’t exist before. Just because I stopped writing for myself personally back in 2012, it didn’t mean I had stopped writing altogether. I still wrote for various organisations that I was helping out with, but unfortunately, some of those websites no longer exist.
Because those were tens of thousands of words that I had written representing thousands of hours of work, I didn’t want those words to die and disappear. Neglect is something that I do to living things, not the things I create!
Thus, I’ve scoured the web and merged in various pieces that I’ve written for other outlets elsewhere into this blog, which kind of messes with the flow over here a bit since those were pieces written for different purposes or audiences in mind, but it’s still my work and no one ever made me sign away my copyright, so I as far as I can tell, I still have rights to publish my works and use them in any way I wish.
So what you’ll be able to find here now in addition to my random musings are:
- Posts that I wrote for the old Awesome Foundation – Calgary chapter on all of our various activities.
- Winner write ups and announcements that I wrote for the international website of The Awesome Foundation.
- The old Q. Blog posts I wrote for the Calgary Herald.
- The experimental podcasts I had recorded for the Calgary Pulse project.
- All of the features I wrote for GetDown.ca, the Downtown Calgary blog.
- A local archive of all of my Calgary Stampede Blog posts.
There are still a few guest posts and other things that I had written for various organisations that I haven’t easily been able to track down yet, but if I do manage to find old copies, I’ll migrate those over here too.
Going forward, I would like to get back into the writing game again, even if it’s for simple things like a personal blog. I won’t make the same mistake in promising any sort of frequency or consistency though. I’m only doing this for fun, and will only do it if I have something fun to say. But I will admit that it’s nice to have my own little spot on the Internet again that I can call my own.
Plus there’s a bunch of maintenance work to do on this end as well; for example, making sure I’m following current best practices when it comes to WordPress security, in addition to finding a new blog theme that’s responsive on mobile devices. That’ll take a while to accomplish, so don’t be surprised if you see this thing change multiple times over the next few weeks. It just means I’m working on stuff!
So to sum up: Nope, I’m not dead (yet anyway; or at least, as far as I can tell), but I have made a conscious decision to retreat from the public spotlight a little bit, and am enjoying the peace and quiet that comes with not being an influencer or a public figure. Thanks to everyone out there who respects that; sometimes we all need a little break.