Friday, August 12, 2011

It Begins Today!

So, I have finally made the decision to overhaul my personal website and transfer all of my travel journals to blog format. For the last decade or so, I've tried (with varying degrees of success) to build self-contained, virtual journals with links to related photos and recommended locations or activities. Only there are a few problems with this implementation plan:
  1. It's laborious to custom-craft HTML code for each trip I go on. It's also dauntingly demotivating, since the last thing I want to do after a nice trip is sit down in front of my computer and code. Since these journals go back 10 years, we're talking some very basic HTML elements, stored in various versions on I-don't-know-how-many back-up hard-drives that I've transferred between a half-dozen computers. And if I want to stay consistent, I have to update everything each time I write a new journal...so I need a standard that I can update easily. Like cutting and pasting into a standard blog. There's always a better way to blog.
  2. "New" technologies like smart phones mean that I can actually travel and update my posts while on the move, rather than trying to carve out time from my increasingly full schedule to tinker with updates so that they look just right on all the different viewing platforms. This is something I want to do, but not at the expense of so many other things I want to do with my free time. 
  3. No feedback. While this might be a good thing to shield me from the harsh fact that there's probably nobody reading my journals anyways, the least I can do is provide an opportunity for those that do visit to chime in with updates or contradictions about what I say. I really should find a sound file that plays some crickets..in Russian and Chinese.
  4. I'm reorganizing my travel photos online as well, so this should provide me a much easier way to organize my digital photos to coordinate the journals with the associated travel photos to give you, the reader, the most comprehensive recounting of these experiences.


So, that's the plan. Which mean that this particular post is probably going to be something of a non-sequitur, as I'm going to back-date all the journals to the time I actually went on the trips. Which will mean there will be a decade of content prior to this post that says I'm preparing to create content. Who needs Dr. Who when you're creating your own time-space paradox?
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