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27/03/2021

2021/03/27#p1
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Today marks the fifth anniversary of my decision to reboot the blog after more than two years away. I went from 23rd November 2013 to 27th March 2016 with only one post in February 2014 to explain why there were no posts. That's the longest break I've ever taken, and there have been a few.

I was still writing — 2014 witnessed the #Write365 project on Google+ while I later switched my focus to Medium, but I wasn't blogging. I regret that sometimes but knew that I needed the time to reflect and change what I was doing and, more importantly, how I was doing it. I missed the blog and, for some reason, March 2016 seemed the right time to return home.

Maybe I wasn't quite ready; despite knowing that the blog was where I belonged I still didn't write that often, maybe I was feeling my way back in but the posts were quite sporadic, often with weeks between them. It wasn't until after I'd stopped using Twitter at the end of 2016 and was then inspired to mix things up by stumbling across the micro.blog Kickstarter in Jan 2017 that things started to develop.

Mixing longer pieces and micro-posts was the first real push-back against the "everything has to be an essay" style of blogging that had ultimately driven me away from it all in 2013 and likely caused much of the reticence to dive back in on my return.

How things have changed.

It hasn't all been plain sailing since but I am probably the most content with regards to blogging that I have ever been, especially since the move to my own custom system — I finally feel in control.

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2021/03/27#p2
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Liked: Two years jlelse.blog - jlelse's Blog...

It seems to be a day for blog anniversaries. Congratulations Jan-Lukas 🎉

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2021/03/27#p3
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Having established that the migrated journal and muse-letter are working correctly I went back and removed the relevant WordPress plugins, just to tidy things up. It's quite strange looking at such a spartan wp-admin. There are now only 14 plugins installed — a number that has steadily reduced by about half as I've moved more and more away from the old site.

It was less than two weeks ago that I said to myself that it wasn't worth migrating the journal ... but did. I keep telling myself it would be too much work to move the Digital Garden but, at this rate, who knows 😉

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