I honestly don’t know if this is the fifth iteration of Kirkville, but it was time for a change. “Simplify, simplify, simplify,” said Henry David Thoreau in Walden, and I’ve been trying to minimalize much of my working environment. My home office, my desk, the apps I use, etc.
The oldest post on this blog dates back to 2004, and there are currently more than 3,800 posts. I think I deleted some older ones, during a move from self-hosted WordPress to WordPress.com in 2019. It was probably in 2004 that I started using a blog, instead of a static website which had a few hand-coded pages. At first I used Geeklog, then I switched to WordPress after a few years. In 2012, an artist friend made the header you see at the beginning of this article; that might have been when I made the switch.
So it was time to simplify: to get rid of sidebar widgets, to remove comments, to stop using tags and categories – I doubt many people ever clicked on those links anyway – and to make a theme that is as simple as possible, while still being responsive, so it displays well on mobile devices. It’s much faster, easier on the eyes, gives me more room to use graphics. I may actually move to another blogging platform soon, which offers back-end simplicity; if so, you’ll see some changes to the theme.
I’ll continue to post regular articles, as well as links to my articles published elsewhere, and all my podcast episodes. It’ll just be cruft-free.