Meet the New Blog (Same as the Old Blog)

23 October 2014 · 10 comments

On the surface, things have been quiet around here lately. Underneath, however, there’s been a flurry of activity.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to rename this blog from “More Than Money”. But what to name it? You folks offered lots of suggestions — along with encouragement to write more often (and about whatever the hell I want).

In the end, I realized the best name was the first name. I’m going to call this site Foldedspace, which was the name I picked for the blog back when I started it in 2001. (My previous web journals from 1997, 1998, and 1999 either had no name or were called “Great Expectations”.)

Foldedspace is back!

Meanwhile, I’ve updated my blogging software to the current version of WordPress (4.0) and have upgraded all of my WordPress plugins. I also installed the latest version of the “theme” this blog is built on.

But that’s not all!

I took the time to import most of my old articles from previous versions of Foldedspace, and I’ve built an archives page that allows easy access to this content. (Note that there’s a bunch of stuff from before 2005 that remains trapped in a dead database. I’ll get it over here eventually.)

Plus I updated the about page and created a page dedicated to my best articles from this site and others (including Get Rich Slowly).

But wait! There’s more!

I spent several hours re-vamping the sidebar here at Foldedspace. For the six of you who actually visit this site on a regular basis, you’ll now find my Twitter and Instagram feeds, my most recent bookmarks at Delicious, and an up-to-date blogroll linking to the latest posts from some of my friends and colleagues.

If you look at the image box in the upper-right corner, you’ll see that I’ve doubled the number of photos that are cycled randomly. (I get a lot of questions about these photos, by the way. Just to be clear: They’re all images by me or of me. They tend to be photos of my travels or of my daily life. Each image is meaningful to me in some way.)

There’s been another, more important change behind the scenes. Just as several other old-school bloggers have re-dedicated themselves to “middle-form” content over the past month (Matt, Andy, Gina), I’ve made that leap as well.

No more fretting over what’s okay to post here. It’s my site; I’ll share what I want to share. I hope you like it, but if you don’t, that’s okay. If I post too many cat videos and you need to unsubscribe, I’ll understand.

There’s still quite a bit of housekeeping to be done. I want to get those “lost” articles imported, for instance. Also, during the process of importing past posts, I created several duplicate categories. As a result, categories are useless right now (so I’ve removed them from the site). I want to fix that. And more. I want to do lots more.

Right now, though, it’s time to head to the gym.

Welcome back to Foldedspace…

1 Rebecca @ Rebe With a Clause October 23, 2014 at 17:37

There must be way more than just 6 of us! Glad you found a name that fits this space – naming a blog is no easy task.

Looking forward to reading future posts in this Foldedspace!

2 Todd Helmkamp October 24, 2014 at 05:46

No worries about content, JD. Speaking for myself, I read this blog because I enjoy what you post. I’ll just ignore the cat videos. :D

3 Ben October 24, 2014 at 07:46

Congrats on the new/old name and blog revisions, JD! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts over the years and am looking forward to reading through your archives.

4 Virginia October 24, 2014 at 09:14

Looks good! I’m on board for cat videos, fyi.

5 Greg Griffin October 24, 2014 at 12:41

Can you bring back ORBLOGS next?

6 jdroth October 24, 2014 at 12:50

Haha. This comment is hilarious, but probably only to like three people. Actually, I still have contact with several folks who used to be on Orblogs. And wasn’t PB the one who created that? He’s still blogging too at Onfocus.com.

7 Greg Griffin October 24, 2014 at 13:13

I’m not sure who was behind OrBlogs, but it was back then that I first stumbled upon FoldedSpace. It’s been quite interesting watching your life change since then. Keep up the good work.

8 Harlan October 24, 2014 at 13:23

Let us blog like it’s 2000 again.

9 Bill October 27, 2014 at 07:36

Like the paper airplane, this blog could go anywhere! I really like that concept.

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