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This blog is 10 years old!

It has been exactly 10 years since I posted Changes on this website.  This blog has never had a singular focus.  It has always just covered what I am interested in at the time.  So far, I have published 988 posts (including this one and a few that are scheduled out into the future).  I might need to commemorate a 1000th post in the near future. 🙂

Here’s hoping for another 10 years of randomness?

The summer 2021 blogging forecast

Over the past few weeks, I have mainly been posting content related to the State Parks App and work on that project is not stopping at all but there is some additional content that I really want to work into the weekly schedule.  Last week, I posted an update about my preferred coding tools and next week, I am posting something about the Vue CLI and Webpack.  In addition to that, I also want to revisit MongoDB after ignoring it for a few years (and not just because I have a future need).  After that, I also want to try to work some non-vue-related content in (maybe Alpine.js or Angular).  You can expect some more content related to the State Parks App after that.

It is safe to say that my two posts per month plan is shot to hell, at the moment.  I am still limiting myself to a code-related post on Thursdays and non-coding posts on Tuesdays, though.


[ Cover photo by Mark König on Unsplash  ]

What happened, Joe?

Back in December, I was talking about posting regularly on this blog but there hasn’t been any new posts since March.  So, what happened?  Back in April, I started looking at moving the blog over to Jekyll or Gatsby.  After a few weekends of research, I decided that this was too complicated for a hobby site and started looking at Ghost but I was having trouble importing things.  I switched gears again and tried using the WordPress hosted solution but I was having trouble importing things into that also.  Finally, I just rebuilt the VM and went back to self-hosting.

I am going to eventually give Gatsby or Jekyll a swing again but it looks like this is staying a WordPress site for a while.

How much does it cost to host this website?

This is going to be a pretty quick post.  This blog was once hosted on a Linode VPS for $20/mo.  After that, it was hosted on a DigitalOcean VPS for $5/mo.  A few years ago, I then moved the blog to Google Cloud.  So, how much has it cost per month?  It is much more variable with Google Cloud because it is based upon the level of usage.

Well, during the first three months of 2020, it has cost me $0.88 (or ~$0.29/mo).  That is quite a bit cheaper than what I have paid previously.  I am running a f1-micro (1 vCPU, 0.6 GB memory) VPS which is enough for a WordPress instance.  You are allowed one f1-micro VPS per google account.  If you aren’t using yours, you might want to check it out.

Changes on this website

So, as you must have noticed, I have made a few changes to this website.  First, I have moved it to another server, from the same provider.  Second, I have started to use WordPress, as an alternative to the custom-built, hand wrote CMS that I was using previously.  I really did like the idea of using a CMS that I wrote myself but I like using something with features and a community more.  WordPress allows me to do things that I never could have done previously.  I hope to better use this space, moving forward.  Stay tuned for regular, new content.