Things change. Things get old. Some things die. That was the case with a number of the tools that I used to do my website. I have been saying for a while that I was going to overhaul my website. When I finally got around to it, tragedy struck. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. Still, I had to go through quite a bit of hassle to get to the website you now see.
It would seem that the tools that I normally use in my web development haven't been updated since, perhaps, 2012. In updating one tool, I found that the latest version didn't run on my aging OS. So I had to move over to Mac OS X Sierra. In doing so, I broke two different, older tools which would no longer run on the new system. So I had to update those tools also. Unfortunately, not all updates are free. Also, in updating some tools, the requirement came to update plug-ins associated with those tools. Those weren't free either. Finally, I needed a new theme to restyle this website. In the end, it took a bit of cash to get here.
So why did I do it? Well that might take a bit of explaining. You see, there are times when I am on the Internet, perhaps reading news or looking around at information on our industry. Often, I come across information about which I have a very strong opinion. In the old days, I would immediately take to blogging about this. Unfortunately, because of how I been managing my website, I basically placed too many barriers to entry in front of jumping right into blogging. Basically, I made it a hassle. It was also easier to just post something on Facebook or Twitter.
I needed to get back to that simplicity that I had back in those early days of blogging. Back then, with no thought of SEO, audience building or all that internet marketing junk, I wrote over 1000 articles for my old site. Because I didn't have that, the end result would be that I would think about everything I might want to say on a subject, going over it in my head many times, but nothing would actually get written. It's time for that to change.
You may notice that my Indie Life side is now gone. It had gotten to the point where I was only updating it two or three times per year anyway. One of the reasons for this is that I wasn't really living the Indie Life. I was spending my life stuck in front of a computer overworking and getting nothing done. This is a subject I would like to speak about at length in the future. In the meantime, you can read this great article on overwork and productivity here.
I can't make any promises, but I hope to update this blog a lot more often. I have come across articles, movies like the live-action Ghost in the Shell or The Great Wall, new anime like Shingeki no Bahamut, which has damn near flawless cel shading, and many other things which I would like to talk about. I have also been developing new techniques for my own cel shaded animation, even involving dynamics and simulation. These are all things I hope to cover in future posts on this blog.
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