Earlier last week, I got a reminder of how very, very old I am. This quarterlife crisis is sponsored by Xbox. Thanks a lot, Microsoft…

On a serious note, Xbox is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary. At first, I couldn’t believe I’ve been playing on the Xbox platform for so long. I’m still loving it! The only period where I really didn’t like being an Xbox user was after the launch of the One. Not only did we get screwed because it wasn’t available, they also screwed around with features and promises and the selection of launch games was… Well, it was really, really bad.

But this isn’t a post about gaming! Those tweets reminded me of something else. You guys, I’ve been “blogging” for fifteen years now!

I mean, technically maybe it wasn’t blogging. I started my online career by writing for a newsletter. That newsletter still exists, and it looks like the website was last updated about ten years ago.

It all pretty much started with the classic Xbox. I was given one to review, and that’s when I started to review my first games.

I’ve been doing that for a while, until I rebelled against the “restrictions” of the newsletter. They said my articles were too long. None of their readers was interested in articles over a thousand words!

Being the excited young kid I was, I wanted to take my articles elsewhere. That’s when I was being offered the opportunity to write about games elsewhere, for a popular blog. I wrote quite a few articles for them, until I discovered a little piece of software which intrigued me, called “Joomla”. So, I started blogging about Joomla and that pretty much became my main source of inspiration.

Fast forward to 2016 and I have been blogging about Joomla for quite a while now. I have talked about branching out, and while that never really happened the idea is always in the back of my mind. Truth be told, I haven’t been blogging enough to make more than one blog viable, but I’ve got some projects that are almost ready to go should I get that spark that tells me “Okay, now to the other thing.”

One thing I’d like to do, is to get back into reviewing video games and technology. However, that requires connections that I don’t neccessarily have at this point, and it’s hard to compete with Youtube which, if you’re asking me, is a far mor interesting platform for video games and technology to be showcased. A video says so much more than a thousand words and a picture or two.

Keeping that in mind, I’ve recently started experimenting with video. The first result(s) are online over at the Joomla & More Youtube channel. I’m still not convinced I have what it takes to use the platform (mainly I hate the sound of my voice to the point I don’t want to listen to the audio), but it’s a start.

Here’s to another fifteen years of blogging. Maybe we’ll be creating newspapers that people can read using their VR set in the next ten years. Time will tell.

domainsowner.png

So, I was doing my “end of the year” evalutation thing where I check my expenses for the year, try to make a budget and so on and I inevitably ended up reviewing the domain names I own.

Domain names are a big expense if you’re not using them, which is exactly what has been going on. I can say, however, that I’ve been doing a good job of letting go of domain names that I’m not using. I went from 117 domain names in the end of 2014 to 71 on the start of this year.

That means  I let go of about 60 domains. And the funny thing is, I don’t even remember which one I didn’t renew. Which says a lot of the staying potential of these domain names.

More domains will be cut out this year, especially some related to Joomla projects that have ended a while ago (like ToralkoDocs and Joomlareporter) so I think I’ll dip below 70 domain names in the first quarter of 2015.

Collecting domain names might have been the dumbest idea I ever had, since that money could easily be used for far more interesting ventures like the Reddit Teacher Exchange, or virtually anything that I can use myself. That, and having hosting in three different places I’m not using.

When you’re reading this post, you’re reading the first post on this blog that was written from WordPress.com. In their never-ending attempt to become more user-friendly, WordPress (and mainly Automattic) has been making a big effort to connect your existing, self-hosted blogs to the WordPress.com dashboard, making it easier to control all blogs at once.

And I’ve got to admit, I really like that idea. Only having to log in once to manage a bunch of sites – because yeah, I run more than one WordPress blog but you figured that out by now – so I can create a blog post? Cool. But with the newest update, I can also update my WordPress instances and it’s plug-ins. Even nicer!

Of course, this isn’t a tech post to tell you about how awesome WordPress is. It’s more of a test post to see if it actually gets published, because before Jetpack 3.3 (the glue between your site and WordPress.com) I couldn’t publish anything, for some reason.

Here’s to nothing!

Clicks Publish