Living on the .net

A lifetime ago I first registered jasonkenney.net because who doesn’t want their very own vanity URL of their name? jasonkenney.com was taken, of course (I’m not the most important/famous Jason Kenney on the Internet, I guess).*

I had to let the ownership lapse after a while due to life and through the years it switched hands among pro and anti Jason Kenney folks (not me because, again, not that famous).

Until this week. When it finally came home.

That’s right, kiddos, Uncle Jay’s got jasonkenney.net again!

And that’s it. Just a post of however many words to say I bought a URL that’ll redirect to jsnotes.com.

* jsnotes.com was also taken at the time, so I couldn’t even get the proper URL for my blog.

From The Archive

Bit by bit I’m using an old archive of J’s Notes to review content from the last nearly TWENTY YEARS (good gravy!) and reposting it here.

How much content? The version of J’s Notes you’re viewing now has 294 published posts. The J’s Notes Archive has 3,785 posts.

Not all of those are going to survive the transition. Content may no longer be relevant, may be embarrassing (I’ve grown at least a little bit in the last 20 years), may have been an image that’s just not around anymore, etc. I’m filtering. It’s for your own good.

It’s quite an adventure, traveling down memory lane and seeing what interested me, my opinion on things, my writing that, I think, has gotten better through the years, etc.

Admittedly the biggest challenge isn’t filtering through my embarrassing myself in my 20s (that’s easy to filter) — it’s the links.

So much of my blogging has been what was one time called “metablogging” – resharing of links of other blogs or articles and sites collected from around the internet. It’s the exact kind of blogging that Twitter and Facebook easily replaced. Find a neat link? Just share it!

The thing is, there are a LOT of dead websites out there. Or, especially in the case of news sites, URLs have changed and the old links no longer point to anything.

Thank goodness for the Internet Archive and the Wayback Machine.

As I repopulate J’s Notes the archive on the sidebar will start filling in more. I’ll also share some notable reblogs in my “Links For…” posts. I’ve also started pulling out links related to naval gazing on blogging through the years and the transition to Social Media as it was viewed by me and adding them to a page here. Will append with links to my thoughtful posts as notations. This may only be fascinating to me, but that’s true of most things I’m into.

Blogging With Pocket

Well, not exactly blogging. “Updating J’s Notes” is probably a more accurate description. I’ve created an IFTTT applet that pushes through appropriately tagged bookmarks I save in Pocket to J’s Notes. It’s not perfect, but it’s a way of sharing some of the stuff I’ve found interesting with a wider audience. The lack of context may mean I’ll have to update later why I thought it worth sharing (see: Metablogging… – a 2003 writeup on “Writing for the Web” about precisely the kind of blogging I’ve found myself doing more often than not – blogging about blogging) but other times it works alright. Either way, fresh content! You’re welcome.

Everything Old Is New Again

I haven’t written in a while. Yes, it’s part of my day job, but I haven’t written for me in a long while.

I could blame social media – the ease of delivering thoughts in a sentence or two when sharing an article that no one clicks through to anyway really has changed what it means to have an opinion on things these days. But that’d be too easy.

I’ve just gotten out of the habit and grown a little rusty.

Not that I was a spectacular writer in the first place. But there’s no time like the present to get back on the horse.

So another reset is in order because I don’t even remember what I’ve written over the last 17 on-and-off years that’s worth keeping. I’ll revisit and reshare, but for now let’s give this another go.