My last post, written more than ten months ago, began with the words “It’s certainly been awhile, hasn’t it?” Never could I’ve imagined that those words would mark the start of my longest blogging silence by far since creating this site nearly half a decade earlier.
I’ll bet you all thought I fell off a glacier in Antarctica or something, but in fact I’ve been right here in Los Angeles for (almost) the entire time.
So what’s the deal?
Well, you might recall that the decision to return from China last February (instead of continuing South through Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand) was made to give myself a chance to catch up on a growing list of projects, both personal and professional. It’s that list that’s kept me here all these months, as one thing just seems to keep leading to another.
And although I still have no concrete plans for the next big adventure, I wanted to write to assure you that it’s never been my intention – and still isn’t – to leave this blog out to die. Nor is it my intention to get a regular desk job and abandon my adventuring ways. At least not yet, anyway. I’ve just been on hiatus.
For those who may be interested, I’ll write about some of the things I’ve been up to this past year in a separate post – but first I just wanted to point out the most obvious of the recent projects: a complete and total overhaul to this website! It’s finally Web 2.0 time for Justin-Klein.com 🙂
Although I’ve put loads of time into this site over the years, it was originally started with absolutely zero knowledge of web programming. I managed to teach myself bit by bit as I went along, and although it eventually reached a point where I was satisfied with its functionality, I’ve never been particularly happy with the design. Let’s face it, I’m a programmer, not a designer.
But for someone who funds his life almost entirely through programming it is a bit embarrassing to have my name so strongly attached to a website that looks like it was designed in the early 80’s. I’ve just never had the time to really dig in and redesign everything from scratch. Until now.
Some of the finer details of what’s been changed are listed below, more for my personal reference than anything else – so feel free to skip them if you like. However, any insights, impressions, or bugs reports would be much appreciated – even if it’s something as simple as “I don’t think this banner’s color scheme works” or “such-and-such border is a few pixels off.”
So, hello again everyone – after ten long months of silence. I’d be interested to hear who of my original readers still even bothers checking in…and hopefully even those who don’t will drop by sooner or later, in time for my next big adventure which I’ve promised myself will commence well before this year’s out 🙂