15 Years on WordPress

Happy New Year! It’s got to be better than 2020, doesn’t it?

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In making plans for 2021, relaunching Notes from the Metaverse was definitely on my list. Then I got a reminder from a past self (aka my to-do list) that I started blogging on WordPress.com on January 4, 2006, and I should write about that. That first post wasn’t much, evidenced by the title, “Hello World (again).”

In late February, the Internet Archive first found this version of the home page, with enough posts to make me look busy, but still had “Hello World (again)” at the bottom.

Internet Archive image of Notes from the Metaverse in February 2006
Part of the home page, February 2006

Over the years, the topics covered here have varied, as have the frequency of the posts. Overall, the focus here has been on technology, both how I’ve become more proficient at using it (aiming to help all of you get better at it too) and how tech has affected our lives.

A little over three years ago, I wrote a series of posts on the progress toward a decentralized web, a movement aimed at taking power away from Big Tech corporations and giving it back to you and me. The underwhelming response to those posts discouraged me from blogging altogether.

It’s time to get back in the saddle.

What’s Coming?

The more observant around you might notice a bit less content in the sidebar on the right. I think it’s better stuff, though. I’ve cleared some stuff that simply no longer applies. My Twitter Timeline works again (or at least it should), do have a look, and follow me if you’re so inclined.

More importantly, I’ve pruned the list of links. I fear that widget hasn’t been touched in a decade or so. Even finding where the Admin page stored those links was a challenge! While still a little repetitive in terms of categories, all the links work now. Soon I will point you to more how-to resources for WordPress and openSUSE Linux, I also hope to give you links to energize you toward using the Open Web to build a more democratic world.

I may give Notes a new paint job (theme) as well, but that’s probably down the road a bit.

But you never came here just for the sidebar, you probably want to know if there’s going to be interesting reading too. Once again, topics may vary from week to week, but will still generally focus on technology topics — it is what I know. I’ve gotten more involved in the openSUSE community in the last few months, so I’ll have something to say about that.

I’m aiming to throw myself back into the WordPress world too. I’m learning more about web coding these days and trying to get better at using the no-longer-new WordPress editor.

Right now, I’m working on a book review of a really useful book by Ramesh Srinavasan, Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the world Are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow. That’s what’s coming next.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve seen my work before. So if there’s something about any of the above topics you want to know more about, leave a comment. Let me know if there’s a technology-related issue that has you puzzled, perhaps I can explain what’s going on. Leave a comment!

Thanks for your attention!

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