October 26, 2019

Starting Over

Sometimes, looking back, you realize it's time to make a clean break and start over.

Starting Over
"Wipe them out. All of them."
– Darth Sideous
"... everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!"
– 2 Corinthians 5: 17b

Sometimes, looking back, you realize it's time to make a clean break and start over. In June of 2019 I erased my whole blog. Several hundred entries.

My family and I were moving and starting over. I had built my business mostly around WordPress website development, and WordPress had begun to go off the rails as far as I was concerned. As I looked back over those old entries, they all appeared either irrelevant or related to a code base I no longer had any interest in keeping up with.

For more than 3 months, I let everything to do with websites and blogging lie fallow. Call it a sabbatical time.

During that time, I've been working through the winter of my discontent with the way the web and technology is moving. I'm trying now to live into what I hope is a more ethical life on the web. Accordingly, I've made some changes behind the scenes relating to my blog.

Three major ones are:

  1. I'm running this blog on the Ghost platform.
  2. Analytics on this site are now handled by Simple Analytics rather than Google.
  3. Whenever I can, I'm using Vimeo rather than YouTube to host video content.

All of these are services I'm paying for. Because I believe good software is worth supporting, and because if you're not the customer, you're the product – and I'm sick of being a product.

I've all but deleted Facebook. The only social media you'll find me on is Twitter. Not because Twitter is good, but at the moment it might be the least bad.

Going Forward

They say life happens while one is making other plans.

That said, I have several interests that I expect will be topics here.

  • I'm still a programmer, so I'll talk about programming and my current projects.
  • I'm now (again) a Pastor. I'm serving 2 small churches in upstate New York. I reflect often on matters of faith, and I may post some of those thoughts here.
  • I play a few computer games. I may post about them.
  • I'm still a dad with a kid in high school. He's a good kid. There may be some things worth sharing about family life.

I should also say, this blog is (always has been) a hobby for me. While I hope it might be useful to someone else reading it, I'm not trying to convert anyone in either a religious or business context. All I'm after is the possibility that some others may find it as enjoyable as I do.

Cheers!
– Caspar

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