It’s been a short time coming (and a long time avoiding), but today seemed like the ideal day to start this weblog–the significance of the day matches the significance of the blog.
For those of you who read Cites & Insights and wonder how Walt at Random relates to it, the only possible answer is: I don’t really know yet. The blog may be an extension of (and largely replacement for) my LISNews blog lite. It may add those comments about cruising (on rivers and oceans, for those looking for ambiguity), music, food, and all those other subjects that are still outside C&I‘s scope. It may include updates that seem to require immediate attention or comments too snarky for the journal.
It may even wither, like most new blogs. Maybe I really don’t have much more to say than the quarter-million words I typically publish each year. We shall see.
Some thanks right up front:
- Dorothea Salo provided a range of useful suggestions on software, themes, and finishing touches. I never took her doubtless good advice on proper ways to do HTML for C&I, but this time I listened to her.
- Blake Carver
- All the people who did not follow Steven Cohen’s suggestion that they push me to start this weblog. I don’t generally respond well to pushing, particularly from people who don’t pay my salary. (Note that HTML portions of C&I didn’t show up until people stopped demanding them…)
- And, of course, Michael Gorman. Without his LJ BackTalk, I might never have gotten around to starting a weblog.
(this link’s for his LISHost persona) and LISHost, for providing the hosting, installing WordPress, downloading the theme I wanted, and downloading the Creative Commons plugin. And for providing worthwhile feedback on the aesthetics of the site. Neither Dorothea nor Blake can be held responsible for what finally appears here!
I’m not a “blog person,” whatever that might be. But as of now, I am a blogger.
A note about comments: They’re enabled for now. Supposedly, the options I have set require that I approve the first comment from a given email address (and I won’t allow anonymous comments). It’s not clear that this function is working. I have no compunctions about deleting inappropriate comments. If comment spam proves to be a problem, I’ll take appropriate steps–but not until it’s necessary. And of course I’ll read comments!