The New Year is an appropriate time for new beginnings — and closing out old business.
I wrapped-up my previous site. More Minimal, last summer. If you’re interested in such things, you can read my reasons for shuttering a perfectly good website right here. Chalk it up to a little applied minimalism — the real kind, not the sort that requires you own a MacBook Pro, sleep on friends’ couches, or whittle your possessions down to some perfectly arbitrary number.
Over the side with what we don’t love. While I managed to wrestle More Minimal across the gunwale without too much fuss, I didn’t give much thought to the ramifications of leaving a chunk of digital flotsam in my wake. An unattended website usually ends up being a hacked website, a navigational hazard for any web surfer who may happen across it. At the same time, More Minimal contained some articles people are still reading. It seemed a waste to simply scuttle it all.
So I’ve relocated a sampling of More Minimal’s most popular content to ecoMinima. This doesn’t represent any change in ecoMinima’s focus — I’ve hardly written here at all, and this site is nothing more than a personal blog. But a couple dozen More Minimal articles now live here under their original publication dates.
Links leading to the original articles have been pointed to their new homes, preserving the peace and good order we’ve all come to expect from the internet. Few, if any, hyperlinks were harmed during the course of this production.
More Minimal is no longer publicly accessible. Dialing up the old site should bring you to an equivalent destination here on ecoMinima. See? Just like Snakes and Ladders, but with pixels. These redirection party tricks will allow me to remove More Minimal from its server, leaving precious little for hackers to hack.
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions are made to be broken, which is why people make the same ones over and over each year: I’ll lose some weight; I’ll quit smoking; I’ll refrain from throwing things at rude motorists in traffic. Add your best intention here.
There’s also the perennial blogger resolution: This is the year I’ll post every day. There’s no chance I’ll be doing that on ecoMinima. I’m too busy building websites for other people (and a new one for myself). But if you’re actually reading this on the site, rather than via the RSS feed, you’ll notice I’ve done some sprucing up around here. It would be kind of a pity to waste that, and I’m at the point I’d like to spend more time with long-form content and less on places like Twitter of Facebook.
Speaking of the RSS feed, I’ve done something a bit sleazy. More Minimal’s old feed is now linked to ecoMinima’s content. This will probably be a temporary measure — an opportunity to invite former More Minimal readers to the new site, where there may be some affinity in content. Or perhaps not. Sites usually take on a life of their own, and I have no idea where this one wants to go.
If you’d like to come along for the ride, it might be best to subscribe ecoMinima’s permanent RSS feed. And thanks for that.
For auld lang syne
Fare thee well, More Minimal. It was fun to be among the first of the movement minimalism bloggers — before we were outnumbered by the eBook hucksters and Zen Habits wannabees.
And into the New Year we go.