2000th Post. And a history lesson.
Amazing. This is the 2000th post on clanMcGraw.com. You’ll also notice that with this milestone comes a new look.
*If* you’re keeping track, this is the 5th ‘re-design’ of the site. Originally it was a link page on Mindspring, which evolved to a family page once Brandon and Caleb came along. In fact, if you look closely at the Internet Wayback machine site from May 2002, you’ll see a link for ‘God, My Boys, and Me.’ That blogger tool hosted what would eventually become clanMcGraw.com.
Iteration 3 of clanMcGraw.com started using Movable Type as the blog engine, and took us away from hand-coded HTML, although I do still do some of that, even today. It’s just good to know how to do that kind of thing. Version 3 had a rocky start on a hosting service known as Cyberwings, as it disappeared about 2 weeks after I’d started hosting on it. Those posts are gone for good. Also, after switching to a new host, my 2nd post was a sad one. It was when my Grandfather passed away. Just 2 months later, I’d be blogging about the loss of my Father-In-Law, Jim.
Iteration 4 of clanMcGraw.com abandoned Movable Type for WordPress. I chose the theme that it used, because it was so similar to my old high school colors. I also liked it because fonts just seemed to have the right look and feel.
So here we are today, on Version 5. Still on WordPress, but with a different theme, necessitated by a back-end upgrade. The back-end upgrade will hopefully make the Facebook / Blog integration much tighter. These days, that’s where a lot of people do their interaction with others. I still like the idea of posting all my original content here, but don’t want to have to post to multiple places to accomplish that. I’m also not really thrilled with the colors or fonts, but I’ll be playing with the style sheets to change that. But the picture feature on top is pretty cool. I thought it would be neat to throw an old Christmas picture of the boys up there for now.
I also took the occasion to clean up my blogroll, and add some new entries. Hope you take a few minutes to poke around. Please let me know if something just doesn’t look right!
And thanks to all of you who visit clanMcGraw.com.