Default blog theme. Missing images. What's going on?
Well, I'm now on MediaTemple, for starters. Yes, after seven (SEVEN?) years with the same webhost, I've moved on. In that time both my host and my domain reseller have been bought by other companies. Since this blog started sputtering to a protracted death shortly after I started working at Intel in May 2005, I've more or less ignored those changes.
But then, Jennie presented the opportunity to move to a (dv) account with mediatemple, and I didn't want to pass that up. And she brought on board a bunch of her old surreal crew, and there's a bunch of excitement about reviving long-stagnant sites. It's starting to feel like 2002 again, back when everyone was excited about going from Greymatter to MovableType (I totally just dated myself there).
Speaking of MovableType, I'm still using it. Yup. I know everyone and their grandma's ferret are on WordPress now, but there's something to be said for staying with the tried and true. And I'll be honest, I'm a self-confessed Luddite (I stubbornly insisted on sticking with Netscape Navigator 3 over 4, simply because I thought it was better). In all seriousness, though the latest release is pretty spiffy-looking, and exporting entries from the old host and importing them here was a cinch. Can't wait to dive in more.
Although importing entries was a cinch, I'm pretty sure I all but destroyed this slightly respectable PageRank. Oh well.
Honestly, that's part of what kept me from writing, or updating the design of my site: the legacy, both of PageRank and the quality of past posts (yeah, yeah, stop laughing). The weight of living up to that was discouraging. Ignoring it is a remarkably freeing exercise. I was even tempted to not import my old entries at all, but in the end decided to. I mean, there is some darn good stuff there (though I think I peaked circa 2003-2004).
It's also a challenge: can I rebuild from the ground up, in a more crowded online space?
I'm sure going to try. I've done lots of exciting work in the past couple of years, and I'm really eager to start writing about them.
Holy cow, I know this is just a boring "I'm not dead" status update, but man does it feel good to be writing again.
Have a great weekend all. I'll be back soon.