New home routine is routine

The sheltering-at-home routine has become, well, routine. Instead of starting my day at Starbucks, I have video conferences with my coffee buddies. On weekdays, I start my day by teleconferencing with another Brent. On weekends, I teleconference with a couple other buddies. Hot drinks in hand, we spend more time talking than we used to on the Starbucks couch. This morning, the others each had a daughter join as we were ending. One dad had done a nice job of cutting and shaving his daughter’s hair–brave man! The girls got to meet and the dads got to be proud. Nice!

Today was supposed to be my high-school reunion, but it was canceled due to the coronavirus. Last night on Facebook, a classmate posted a picture from our reunion ten years ago and said we’ll see each other in another ten. Others lamented not having a reunion, saying they had planned on attending. I offered to set up a teleconference and did, but no one joined. Today, a few more comments, but again no one responded to offers of a meeting. Facebook, thanks for making me feel like I’m back in high school.

In the afternoon, I played on my blog. I added a facemask to my favicon and went back to using the WordPress Twenty Sixteen theme to which I’ve added the Nanum Pen Script font. I’d recently changed to the Twenty Twenty theme but it doesn’t feel “right” to me. This does. :-)

Gilligan continues to improve after her surgery, enjoying her water therapy. What a lucky doggie — I’m not sure there’s much she likes more than water. She has a daily routine, too, with three short walks, multiple trips outside on the leash, naps on the couch, and tons of love.

Wherever you are, I hope you’re feeling the love, too. How has your routine changed or become routine?

Fifteen year blogiversary

Fifteen years ago, I wrote my first post here. Now, my archives page says there are 2,565 posts. That doesn’t count the many obnoxious posts I decided didn’t represent well. There are probably more that could be deleted. Yup.

Most of the posts here still make me happy. It’s common for me to have a conversation with someone and be tempted to pull out my phone and search for a relevant post.

Over the years, this blog has watched a lot of changes.

Infrastructure

This site has always been self-hosted WordPress. I started in the earlier days of WordPress, with version 1.2.1. Now WordPress and I are on version 5.3.2. I flirted with Blogger, but it wasn’t serious.

I started with shared hosting, then went with a dedicated WordPress hosting provider. Now I’m using a Digital Ocean virtual private server with free Cloudflare CDN and JetPack image processing/serving. It’s amazing what $5 per month can get you these days.

When I started, I wanted anonymity, using blogan.net as the domain. Sometime later, I removed the mask and transitioned to brentlogan.com. This is me.

Fellow Travelers

Those I started blogging with don’t anymore. Those I convinced to start blogging also don’t. Their sites might still be up, but they haven’t posted in years. To me, that’s sad. For them, probably not. They’re now on Facebook or Instagram, probably both. It works for them.

Popular Posts

I added some locally-hosted visitor analytics a while back.1It doesn’t track you and send your information to a third party. It allows me to see what are currently my most popular posts.

Yeah, I wrote only two or three of these this year, depending on how you count. A couple more are quotes from other people. It’s how the web works.

Series and Themes

Over the years, I’ve settled into a few themes. Here are links to some of them.

One of these days, I might settle down to a single topic. Until then, this will continue to be a place for me to experiment, learning web technologies, and have fun sharing what’s important to me at the moment.

And a place for visitors to learn a little more about me.

Welcome!

I’m Moving My Blog’s Email Subscriptions To MailChimp

To improve the quality of my email subscription service, I’m now using MailChimp. Those of you who have already subscribed to my daily1No more than once a day, and no email if there’s not a new post. blog updates should not notice a difference, other than getting the emails more reliably. It seems that emails might not have been sent for over a week. If you didn’t get any, you could have missed:

MailChimp provides an awesome service. They demand that emails be sent out only after double opt-in2Sign up plus confirming email. by all recipients. I believe that describes everyone already on my list. If you think you received this email by error or don’t remember signing up, please accept my apologies and feel free to click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

Those of you reading this on my blog who want to subscribe, please use the handy dandy subscription button at the bottom of this post. Thanks!