About This Blog


The current version of this blog is 10. (What does that mean? See the history / change log below…)

Rules of the House

Since converting to a static site, there has not been commenting capability. I may bring that back, and if I do, these guidelines will once again apply. Until then, consider these rules that can't be broken!

This is my house. I pay for the hosting space, the domains, and spend my leisure time upgrading and tweaking this site. I don't think they're too awfully restrictive.

If you don't like these rules, then hop over to WordPress.com and sign up for your own free blog. I don't care what you do in your house.

History / Change Log

25 Dec 2019 (version 10) - The site tagline was changed, and the college football game picks from 2012-2014 were removed. I also added a JavaScript-based “Verse of the Day” block to the sidebar, similar to the one that I had written as a WordPress plugin several years back.

1 Sep 2017 (version 9.1) - The site was changed from being generated by Jekyll to Hexo.

4 Feb 2017 (version 9) - The site was changed to be statically generated, utilizing Jekyll. There is no back end!

7 Jun 2015 (version 8) - The site changed from Orchard to My WebLog (and to myWebLog after that), a custom built solution utilizing NodeJS (and then Nancy) for the front end with RethinkDB on the back end. The theme changed to a Bootstrap-based theme utilizing the Lumen BootSwatch customization.

8 Jun 2014 (version 7) - The back-end changed from WordPress to Orchard, and the theme changed from “Green Hope” to “Raptor.Ericka”.

1 Sep 2011 (version 6) - The back-end changed from BlogEngine.NET to WordPress, and the theme changed from “Mimetastic” to “Green Hope.”

1 Oct 2010 (version 5) - The back-end changed from WordPress to BlogEngine.NET.

12 Jan 2008 (version 4.1) - I changed the default theme from “NightLight Idea” to “Mimetastic,” a clean, single-column theme.

13 Oct 2007 (version 4) - The solo effort in authoring this blog was turned into a team effort. However, I remain a charter member of the VRWC… :) While not a technical upgrade of any sort, this does represent a significant change.

28 Sep 2007 (version 3.2) - After upgrading to WordPress 2.3, I began looking for a different theme. I found the “Nightlight Idea” theme, and customized it with my prior plug-ins. I deployed it, along with a theme switcher that allows users to change between the old and new themes, as well as the default and classic WordPress themes. I also relaxed the registration requirement for comments, as Akismet's spam protection had impressed me enough to trust it.

18 Jun 2007 (version 3.1) - After using WordPress for a year, I began to dig into the plug-ins that were available. I was particularly interested in a plug-in that would allow posts to be shared on Digg, StumbleUpon, etc. I also grabbed a few that identify commentors and their software.

1 Jun 2006 (version 3) - Version 2 had been better, but it still had a long way to go before it would be a viable blogging platform. Two years later, having still coded no new features, I noticed that my web host offered 1-click installation of WordPress, and I decided to give it a shot. I was hooked - it rocked! I was able to take my old posts and enter them through WordPress's interface, categorizing them and back-dating them so the original sequence was preserved. I launched version 3 as the first version of this blog to run on WordPress, bringing categories, search capability, comments, and RSS feeds (while deployed, no less).

13 Jul 2004 (version 2) - As I used version 1, I realized the limitations of this technique, and decided to try to write something myself; it would be a learning experience, and give me something better than what I had before. I launched version 2 as a new database-centric version, along with a style sheet upgrade.

4 Aug 2003 (version 1) - I created this blog as a place to post my views and opinions on a wide range of topics. It was static HTML, and did not allow commenting.