Thoughts

Winter 2014

Ruminating on Purpose

Site News / February 26th

I've had a personal website for a damn long time. Going back to Oracle hosted on ExecPC to innumerable and ever more sophisticated redesigns on xeomage.com, the site has existed since 1997 and on this domain since 2000.

Over the years, my focus on the page has waxed and waned, but it's been on the waning side for a while for a few reasons. First, sites like Facebook have come along to provide a way to keep in touch with people and share photos. Second, my interest in staying on top of web technologies isn't matched by the time I have to spend on it, leaving the site perpetually behind the times. I want to employ HTML 5, CSS 3, object-oriented PHP, jQuery, and a whole host of ideas I've been "meaning to do" for years. In the mean time, my code no longer works properly with the current version of PHP so I have to use a database editor to even make this post. Because I don't have the time for it I grow increasingly dissatisfied with the site as it is, which makes me less interested in adding content, particularly when the primary purpose for the site has been largely subsumed.

There's still the Journal, which is mostly for my own benefit but doesn't require a public website, and the Profile page, which could just as easily be LinkedIn, Facebook, or even a static page. Even more, there's the simple fact that I have a wife and kid(s) now, and while I'm still an individual, most of what goes on in my life isn't just about me. Finally, there's the name of the site itself, which over the years seems increasingly juvenile as the Internet and web slowly move away from pseudonyms and usernames in all forms. To be fair, there's no hope of a simple domain based on my name (being as common as it is), but there's a wide space between the two.

I started working on a new layout that would be a simple update, but what I came up with wasn't much different than what I already have. I started thinking about something a bit more radical and realized I don't have the time to do it. In short, I don't know where this goes from here. I can keep adding a Journal entry every few months to keep the site from completely stagnating, I can start over on someone else's platform and maybe even a different domain, or I can just shut it down and abandon the project.

Honestly, abandoning it is probably the best plan, but in the "good money after bad" line of logical fallacies, it seems like I've been doing it for so long that to stop now is somehow failing or giving up. I'm going to think about it some more before making a decision, but for now, don't expect new content.