Happy 2014!

Early morning after snow storm

I’m thinking of revitalizing this blog. It’s a new year and fresh starts are always a good thing, right? I could say it all started with the “Zero to Hero” series by the folks at WordPress. But truthfully, they are helping me do what I’ve been yearning to do for awhile now.

Write more. Reflect more. Sort out my thoughts more. Go beyond the clipped short Facebook status messages and the re-tweets I share on Twitter.

So if I revitalize this blog and keep on writing throughout the year, what would I want it to look like at the end of the year? That’s a hard question to answer with great clarity and certainty — except for one thing. I want it to reflect a joyful journey forward as I move through the year to something that is incredibly full of light, laughter, love, meaning, and purpose. ¬†At the moment, all I know for certain is that the coming months will bring me a transition from my current job and home to other work (and a new home closer to wherever that other work will be). What and where? That remains to be seen because the path is still emerging from the invisible realm. So let the journey continue!

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Blogging at Work

Although I love WordPress for blogging, I finally managed to create a blog at work that I like using Blogger. Having Google Apps in Education (GAFE) as our primary tool for email and general productivity, it made more sense to use Blogger. I’ve invited other ConVal staff in the library & technology department to be guest bloggers, as well. So have a seat and browse through the ConVal LITS department blog!

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Strange Things Happen When Blogs are Hacked

My ThinkICT blog about all things ICT got hacked a few weeks ago. Because of that and the fact that I didn’t have an ideal backup copy (yeah, we all know we are supposed to backup regularly) it took me a little time to get things straightened out. One casualty of the fix is that I lost the original dates on all of my old blog posts so I had to do a “best guess” to edit them. Any blog posts before June of 2012 will likely be dated for the 10th day of some month in the past. It annoys me that I don’t have exact dates on archived posts, but at least it’s not critically important.

The timing of this very rude hack job couldn’t have been worse. I was setting up an extra blog area to use for my trip to China (the next day!) when I discovered the hack which caused all of my blog links when clicked to divert to a strange URL with a Russian (ru) address. So much for blogging while travelling!

While the site still looked great, any time I clicked a link within the site, it took me to a site that was already pulled offline. At least that was good, but the fact that no visitor could get to my posts and pages really bugged me. At least I’ve cleaned things up now. Lessons learned, for example, add as much security to your site as is reasonable.

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