I sit here contemplating how this website, T I B, is going to change in the coming months. As with all things, change is inevitable. Some choose to look on change with dread. Some choose to look on it as an opportunity. I don’t know which it will be here. Seems like we’ll all find out together.
One thing is certain: the analytics of the site are going to change. Traffic increased considerably as Terminator – The Sarah Connor Chronicles headed toward its second season finale. Much of that traffic persisted with the run of my bi-weekly scripts, The Connor Wars. Now, with that project finished, I have to wonder how many of those visitors to this site will continue on with no new episodes? I’m preparing myself for a significant drop in traffic for at least the short term. It’s inevitable.
The month of May (hopefully) will bring with it the latest update to WordPress — the engine that runs this site. This new release portends several welcome changes for how I’ve managed this cjcs.com domain. And herein are the threads of opportunity. Since I will need to migrate my sites to the updated software, I can take this time to see what sort of restructuring can/should take place.
Based on the oodles of cash generated by this site from ads and affiliates (which I recently pared down), I’m not expecting to earn my retirement through blogging. Honestly, if I can manage to afford a few Subway sandwiches (6″ subs, not the foot-longs) from my combined web income, it’s been a great month.
They say you should find one subject and blog on that; find your niche. The new WordPress will facilitate that, but I’ve found that the more sites you run, the bigger hassle it all becomes. T I B is definitely going to remain multi-topical and likely remain a sort of webzine. I might relocate these journal entries into a journal-specific site — which is how they were before I consolidated them and my “Ellipses” site into T I B.
So…I have many decisions to make. In the next few weeks I’ll be staring at a lot of PHP, HTML, and CSS. I’m not expecting drastic changes here (art.cjcs.com will be getting a major face-lift, however). Except for the day of the software upgrade (yet to be determined) when the site might be offline at times, visitors shouldn’t face anything too unfamiliar…at least, if I do things correctly. While it’s likely (about 98% likely) that the http://tib.cjcs.com addy will change to http://tib.cjcs.com, I expect to redirect all the old addresses so your links don’t break. We’ll find out how well all this goes soon enough.
If y’all have any ideas, suggestions, whatever–whether it’s subject matter for new web sites, features, things that just don’t work at all–I’m open to reading your comments.