Hello world…

Ever since I got my own domain name and started hosting on Amazon EC2, I’ve thought “I should be hosting my own blog.”  I toyed with Tumblr, which I liked, but always felt like there was a internet publishing spectrum.  At the small end was Twitter: share just 140 characters frequently, even to the annoyance of your followers.  At the other end, there’s blogs, where you share posts that you might write for hours, sharing multiple photos–something you are usually more selective about.  And in the middle, there was Tumblr.  It’s a nice mix–perfect for sharing anything quickly–but still not as nice as WordPress.

Anyway, I found that setting up WordPress is ridiculously easy.  So I’ve moved everything from my two other blogs to here.  Since it’s a self-hosted site, there’s not much point to pseudonyms–except the fact that they’re fun.  I’ll continue that from my first blog, mostly for the privacy of my family and friends, but I’m not worried about myself.

One thing I’m very excited about is the ability to tweak the look and feel of the site exactly the way I want.  Something I could do on Tumblr, but that WordPress.com wanted to charge for (annoying).  I’ll be tweaking in the next few weeks, and attempting to improve some of this theme’s quirks.  I’ve already made it easy to subscribe to only a category or tag feed.  Just go to the category/tag archive and use the RSS button.

If you’re looking for my Tumblr, it’s moved to tumblr.mchasej.com — I’ll probably still use it to share some things.

I’ve said it before, but this time I think having just one blog will encourage me to write more.  You can ignore the nerdy tech posts if you’re following for life-related posts.  Or you can ignore the life-related posts if you’re in it for the nerdiness.

Anyway, if you’re actually reading/following this blog: Welcome!


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