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Learning curve

I started out on the web back in 2000, using Geocities' Pagebuilder to make such awesome (read: terrible) things as this... thing. Speaking of Geocities... Anyone remember that lovely little popup window that used to come up while the Pagebuilder was loading? I used to have time to have lunch before it finally loaded. Oh, the joys of dial-up... Anyway, I then moved onto Microsoft Publisher (oh dear) and FrontPage (...yep) before I realised that I actually knew how to write HTML without the need for a WYSIWYG editor.

By 2003, I found I could make layouts, too. By "layouts" I mean the type of thing that was popular then - mostly stock images plastered with 87554376967 Photoshop brushes. I was particularly proud of this one (oh dear God...) and this one (a few years later, admittedly... I had discovered the joy of CSS by then!). I had even got them to work in both IE and Firefox! Go me!

The point of this is that now, in 2012, knowing CSS 2 and HTML 4/XHTML 1 is really not that great. We're looking at HTML 5, CSS 3, jQuery, responsive design and lots of things that weren't around when I first started all this, and having had a break of sorts from all this webby business for the past few years, I find myself very much behind the times. I feel a bit weird about having to essentially relearn what I knew, but at the same time I find myself frustrated that I'm not quite up to date with everything. The same goes for PHP and Ruby - I learned PHP back when PHP 4 was just out, and Ruby/Rails when it was still on version 1.8.5/Rails 1.2. I've been dipping in and out and getting up to scratch where I can, but I still think I've got a long way to go. Now to find the time to do all this learning...

All change

It's been quiet around here recently, hasn't it?

So as the title suggests, there have also been a few changes around here. Most notably, the name/URL/domain/thing. Due to an unfortunate translation issue with my last domain (I had no idea how many French pervs there were in the world, trust me), I was kind of put off using that URL until I thought of a suitable replacement. So here it is - amelierosalyn.com. I'd been using that name for a while now anyway (as well as the old one, because I was lazy and couldn't be bothered changing everything round) but the change is now permanent. You can keep using the old one until the domain expires (March or April, I think) but after that plz2be using new one, thanking you most kindly. The feed URL has also changed - if you were subscribed to the old one via its Feedburner URL then you'll need to resubscribe. Otherwise, if you're using the /feed URL you should be redirected automatically (apologies if all my old entries are showing up as unread - they haven't changed!). I am aware of some issues with the title/search blending into each other a bit in some browsers, working on that... ;)

The other major change is in me. My focus had changed somewhat in the past year or so, but nothing to how it's changed in the past few months: I'm currently expecting my first child, and am going through what has thus far not been an easy pregnancy. So yes, blogging and website stuff haven't exactly been my priority of late, and probably won't be for a while now; if I do pick up the pace then it's likely the tone of the site will change. I'm not apologising for that - I've changed as a person and am not the person I was 10 years ago when I started this site (in its earliest version, many domains ago) nor am I even the same person I was a year ago when I began this version of the site. I only have to look at how much Jem went through with her daughter to see how priorities and entire lives change once there's a little one in your life. But to be honest, I can't wait for the change. I know you can never completely plan for these things, nor ever be really, completely, ready for the total changes that come your way, but I'm at a point in life where I feel that these changes are not unwelcome.

With that you might be wondering about a few things... So here's a quick little FAQ thing:

  1. What's happening to PHPAskIt/Askably/whatever you've called it now?

    Good question. I haven't decided yet. I have moved development over from Google Code to Github and have changed everything to use the GPL license, so if anyone would like to contribute to, or take over the project, they can do so. Note that as I haven't fully decided what is going on yet, I may or may not change my decision here.

  2. Why Amelie Rosalyn? Is that your surname?

    No, it's my middle name. And why that... well why not?

  3. Will you turn into a 'mommy blogger'?

    I generally feel that children have no place on the internet and would not feel comfortable discussing my child's life on my blog. After all, children haven't asked to have their lives shared and I for one would feel very uncomfortable knowing my mother discussed my early life online. However, who knows what the future will bring? I have changed a lot in a short space of time already, so who's to say I won't change further in a few months?

So there you have it; and here's to whatever's next in life. :)

Edit: Thanks for the reports about the broken comments... Fixed now!

A new(ish) start

So, here we go - a new domain for a new start. I've kept a few entries from the old site that were popular with Google search results, and kept some of the pages too, but most of everything else has been cleared out for a fresh start.

This layout is simple (and has some funnies going on with links...but I'll get to that!), but I think it fits the overall tone of the site from this point. I want to focus on things that interest my readers; I want to talk more about the differences between Chrome and Firefox than the differences of what I had for lunch today and what I had yesterday. People just don't care about that sort of thing!

Anyway. Sit down, grab a drink, make yourself at home. If you want to subscribe to the feed, it's a different URL to the last site (click ye olde orange feed icon, top left) so you will need to resubscribe if you were subscribed before. Sorry about that, but I did want to keep things kind of separate.

So yes, here's to a long and happy web life. :D

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