Today I was thinking about Earthpages. I’ve been doing that blog since about 1999! And I have literally hundreds of good articles stored on the back burner that aren’t showing right now.
I had to do this because one of my major sources only allows 100 articles at a time for use on other websites. And I play by the rules. No sense in trying to pull a fast one and publish more than 100 at a time. That’s just not the Earthpages way, nor my way.
You may have noticed that some articles at earthpages.org reappear virtually unchanged after a few years. Sure, I may beef up the image a bit, or add a few new “related articles,” but several recent articles published at earthpages.org have already appeared some years ago.
Weakness? Not at all. I’ve kept the best ones online, the one’s that people like (I can tell by viewing my stats page). And not unlike the ever rotating but always changing Earth, certain elements of Earthpages reappear, slightly modified, while others drop off.
Cool huh? Just think of what the Earth looked like millions of years ago. According to continental drift theory, the continents were all in different places. Dinosaurs ruled and died out. And a whole bunch of other changes came and went. But many aspects of the Earth are still largely the same… The amount of water on the planet, for instance.
And so it is with Earthpages. It’s changed a lot since the early days. But in its slow, cyclic way, it keeps its central identity. New articles come and go. Some stay online. Others are archived. Meanwhile, old gems reappear, just as the revolving earth keeps showing its recognizable but ever changing face to satellite cameras and astronauts.
Not sure if that’s making sense to everyone. But that was my thought about Earthpages today. Slow, steady, cyclic change. New stuff, old stuff. It’s all good!
As you may have noticed, we’ve given the entire site a complete overhaul during the past few days. Not only a new template but new graphics to go along with it.
It’s been a lot of fun but also a lot of work. As a result, updates to Earthpages.ca, especially, haven’t been as frequent as we’d like. But now that the new look is pretty well settled, and the site better organized, we should be able to get back to our usual routine of updating dot.org and dot.ca regularly.
Sorry all you closet fab four fans, I’m not talking about the remastered Beatles collection. Actually my guess on that is that it’s not all that great, if it’s anything like what they did with the remastered Star Trek.
Sometimes it’s better to leave the proverbial edges a little blurry if they were originally intended to be that way.
But before I meander off into a pop-culture critique, I should say that I’m talking about Earthpages.ca – Think Free, my love and passion (well, maybe not my love but certainly a passion).
As you may (or may not) know, Earthpages.ca began as a book that I started to write after graduating from school. One summer I realized that I could spend a whole bunch of time, and probably money, getting it published by some obscure company, or I could just make the content freely available on the web.
The latter choice seemed right. So hence the birth of Think Free.
Why better all the time?
Well, when I first started plugging the book into WordPress, I was mostly concerned with just getting the database online. I didn’t add many if any pictures. And all the cross-referenced links were left dead… meaning it was incumbent on the visitor to copy and paste them into the search box to find related material.
I knew that was pretty lame. But I was under time constraints, as I still am.
So to make a long story short, just the other day I decided to start hyper-linking all those cross-references in Earthpages.ca. It’s going to be more work but the end product should be far more useful.
Check it out! » Earthpages.ca – Think Free