The digital world is enduring, but maintaining a website requires some effort. I’ve lately transferred Type-Writer.org from HostGator to SiteGround, both excellent web hosts, and am now working to see if all my data ported over correctly. In the transfer, two posts got left behind, my Christmas message (which I likely won’t repost) and “All I wanted was an electric train…” which I will, especially as it features very early typewriter art.
Plans for 2018? I hope to relaunch my YouTube channel with new videos and a new focus, creating small documentaries. I’ll post the videos to a new domain, Typewriter.Website (The Typewriter Website). Further, I aim to take my many posts at Type-Writer.org, and create more established articles. In my vernacular, a post is quick, informative document; an article is an edited, up-to-date document. One comes on the fly; the other is maintained. I imagine this will be a slow process, especially as I will continue to write at Type-Writer.org.
Keeping one’s posts and pages up to date is an important but difficult task. As I research typewriters, I am constantly aware that much of what’s on the internet is outdated. I don’t find this problematic (it’s not hard to determine how current a site is), but it is something a researcher must keep in mind.
Likely, the next most important step in blogging will be some way to automate updates for past posts. For example, as new information is posted to the internet, previous posts would simply update. Yes, this sounds incredible, but the internet makes the incredible credible. Already, in 2017, I am astonished at how far the internet has come in terms of historical research. It’s a brave new world.
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