Sunday, January 20, 2008

Black is Back

This is the new home of It Came from Black Background.

I've decided to go native and use as many Google tools as possible to create online content. Not because they’re all so perfectly conceived that considering any other alternative would be corporate heresy, but simply because I'd like to see what’s good, what’s bad, and what I might even consider working on to improve now that I'm part of the Big G myself. (I'm using Apps to host this domain and manage family email and calendar stuff; Blogger powers the blog while still using my custom domain. )

I’m hoping that starting fresh will kick-start my moribund blogging imagination and help me discover new themes that inspire more frequent post updates. In the 3-plus year history of the previous It Came from Black Background, I think there were about five posts worthy of the title of “permalink”:The rest largely found me writing something because…I hadn’t written something lately. That’s a recipe for narrative mediocrity that comes out piping hot and perfect, every time. The other entertaining aspect of this move is declaring “blog stats bankruptcy.” I'm looking forward to resetting my various clickers and counters to zero and seeing how many true believers still straggle over this way, especially on the feed side. (I have an absolutely mad following on Rojo; I suspect they're all unwitting default feed bandwagoneers.)

To compound matters, the Movable Type-powered server hosting has been so thoroughly buried by comment spam traffic that you can't even sign in to post anymore. Kind of a non-starter.

I think the new formula will be: shorter posts, and more of them. It seems to work very well for Reynolds and Kedrosky. Bite-sized punditry?

Finally, you may be wondering why a so-called web designer is relying on a default Blogger template. First: Google’s own Doug Bowman designed it. Skills — he has them. Second: I wanted to just get this blog’s content launched, and having my own completely custom design in place as a critical path task got to be too much of a barrier. So I just removed the barrier. Third: I’ve got a plan and it will unfold in a few stages. My content at Flickr,, Twitter, and VOX, among other places, needs incorporation here.

Thanks for following me over to the new digs. Hopefully I amuse and entertain. Failing that, I'll put in enough linebreaks to serve your lorem ipsum-ing needs.