I updated my webpage last night, which I evidently hadn’t done in a couple of years. That’s hard to believe — time has flown. But the content was showing its age, and links to my gallery and blog (which have been set up and working for almost six months now) now exist, which should help people find them.
Working with the static content of the webpage was interesting, and lent insight into why many popular websites have essentially become blogs. Tomato Nation made this transition not long ago, and while I was dismayed at first, I really don’t miss the old site arrangement now (except for the giant tomato graphic) because all the content is there and the updates show up right at the top, all without Sars (I would imagine) having to do anything more than open a posting window.
The fact is that most websites have always been interesting primarily for little chunks of content, and that said chunks are most interesting when they are either new (something blog posts handle much better than “New!” graphics) or old and popular. It’s easy to put or keep your popular chunks in posts, and add a list of the popular posts to your blog front page. So the blog (especially ones that use software that leans to the CMS side, like WordPress) really handles pretty much everything you would want in a website, with the possible exception of other specialized content like photos, which can be easily set up in Gallery or similar and just linked in to the front page.
I’m not sure if I’ll do that. There’s a certain appeal to the old-fashioned pages too.
I also added a lot of blogs to my blogroll. Some of them are ones I’ve been reading, but that aren’t on my syndicated feeds list on LiveJournal for some reason, and some are ones I’d bookmarked and forgetten about but would like to read more often. Most of them seem to be about cooking or cycling. Not entirely surprising, but there are a few others.