Write hard. Live a long time. (Edited version.) Tattoo by Jason Edward Morgan, Bastrop, Texas.
Round about the end of summer – Labour Day or thereabouts if God’s willin’ and the crick don’t rise – there are some significant changes coming to Alberta Diary.
The biggest will be a change in the name of the blog to AlbertaPolitics.ca.
This blog will thereafter be found at both AlbertaPolitics.ca and AlbertaPolitics.com. Indeed, it is already, if one is inclined to click on those addresses.
It will continue to be found at AlbertaDiary.ca for a good long time, too – at least as long as I bother to keep on renewing that domain.
There are a number of reasons for this. This blog has evolved over time – readers with a long memory will recall that it started out at St. Albert Diary and soon grew beyond issues merely concerned with goings on here in the Edmonton suburban community where I reside. And where, who knows, perhaps I won’t reside forever…
In addition, it always griped me that, when I had the chance, I didn’t grab both the dot-com and dot-ca versions of the Alberta Diary name, which led a certain number of people to a perfectly nice blog that had nothing to do with Alberta politics.
But AlbertaPolitics-dot-anything is a better name. When it came available after the estimable Mark Lisac retired and sold his Insight Into Government newsletter, and the buyer didn’t also want the excellent domain name he also owned, I took the opportunity to buy it.
Other changes – we can almost say, “of course” – will include a redesign of the site, not merely to make it prettier, but to make it fully “responsive” so that you can read it on your cellular phone, and to make it a little easier to display a few advertisements, should the opportunities for a little “monetization,” as they say in the web world, arise.
Nothing much else will change. The opinions expressed here will remain my own. They will shift from time to time as, with all of us, my thoughts about the topics evolve. And they shall, I hope, continue to entertain my readers, who have grown significantly in number over the past few years.
This blog records nowadays about 10,000 page views a week, 40,000 a month, and my goal now is to double that in the next year – a task that should be aided both by the changes coming to this site and the election inching ever closer to Alberta.
David J. Climenhaga