Goodbye my lego friends… Now update those bookmarks & links!
After five plus years of having my web site at my five2one.org domain, I’ve decided to move pretty much everything over to this new domain (dancody.org), changed the ‘name’ of my weblog, and of course, the look and feel.
Back in the 90′s when I originally registered the five2one.org & dancody.com domain names (both of which I let expire for a year, then re-registered five2one.org in 2000) things were a lot different. Back then, you just went to Network Solutions and picked out whatever domain name you wanted and they sent you a bill in the mail a few weeks later. Back then, .org addresses were really supposed to only go to registered ‘organizations’. Back then, I was in quite a different place.
Over the last few years as I’ve become more active in political circles, it’s always been tough to pass on my web site to someone who was interested, or trying to tell a family member where pictures of the baby are at… “Ok, so go to five2one.org – yeah, thats f-i-v-e, the number two, one.org – one isn’t a number though, it’s spelled out o-n-e”. I think over the years, about half the people I verbally relayed my web site address to actually made it, and the other half are still trying various combinations of the words and numbers 5-2-1…
So one reason for the move to a new domain is just the ease of relaying my name on to people. Many years ago, I used to have dancody.com, but I never used it and let it expire.. But I’ve always been a .org guy to boot, and that works out because the domain dancody.com is currently taken by a mediocre football player although it doesn’t actually go anywhere. I snapped up danielcody.com and dancody.net though just in case :)
The other big change is the ‘name’ of the weblog, from the venerable ‘A little game I call back in my brain’ to ‘Left of the Lake’, which I’m not 100% sure on. The name change reflects a few things, both related to the way my weblog has evolved over the last six years… At first, it was started as a way to update evolt members on the happenings of the community, then it morphed into a pseudo personal site where I posted about beer and Microsoft, then to a site where I could bitch about certain said evolt members, and over the past three years, into a weblog mostly about American & Wisconsin politics, my serious disdain for George Bush, Linux tips, and pictures of Emerson.
With this newly christened site, I’ll probably continue along that path of posting pictures of the baby, an occasional Microsoft rant, technology commentary, and talking politics. Hence the new name, “Left on the Lake”. I’ve never been one for catchy names or phrases (Cus That’s how I roll!) but I wanted to name my weblog something that reflected what the majority of what I write is about..
A moderately leaning liberal in Milwaukee.
Like I said, I’m not 100% sure of the name yet, and maybe I’ll think of something better or someone will suggest something that sounds nicer, but for now, that’s what I’m going with.. We’ll see if it sticks.
The other change I’ve made is the layout of the site in which I finally depart from my ground breaking right handed navigation that I pioneered back in 2000, when everyone was stuck in the ‘left handed’ dark days of the Web. I’m switching to a ‘left handed’ navigation because as many of you know, I’m all about retro. Everyone is doing ‘right handed’ navigation these days, and I felt like I had explored all that genre had to offer, so I’m re-exploring the medium of what left handed navigation has to offer.
Two things it has to offer is a revamped ‘recent comments’ block and a cleaner, simpler list of links. In fact, the main purpose of the redesign was to put the focus on the weblog part of the site with the WWHOS, articles, and pictures playing as secondary levels.
One of the nice things about switching domain names is the dramatic drop in comment spam attempts to my weblog. Having a well established domain name over the years attracts all sorts of crap, and I’ll be happy to shed the thousands of comments spams I had to deal with every day.
On the flip side of that, I lose all the positive page rank from places like google I’ve aquired over the years. Hopefully the redirects I’ve got in place work out OK, because unlike some people, I don’t judge the value of my web site by what google says I should. Things always work out in the end.
Overall, it feels pretty good to have all this newness with my website. Kind of like a fresh start on my ‘virtual’ life here on the Web. So thanks for stopping by, and if you have any comments on things, feel free to leave them below!