New 2017 update/rollback

I recently updated to the new WordPress version and it effectively broke my site, the ‘High Art’ theme which was designed by Allan Cole a number of years ago seems to have been the culprit. I guess it’s not being updated anymore. As a result I’ve had to upgrade to a new WordPress theme, it turns out this 2017 theme is quite nice, with a few tweaks it serves up pretty much what I want 🙂

That said I lost all my ‘Exhibits’ from my previous site, which were essentially photographic documentation of various events and exhibitions I’d ran or attended. I think in their place I might make a new ‘Documentation’ page that simply serves this purpose.

So much has happened recently and I haven’t posted here in so long, it’s kinda hard to work out why this ‘blogging’ platform became less important.

I think it’s got something to do with the fact that blogs aren’t networked in many ways, there’s no real feedback, unlike the feedback you receive on social media. It’s fair to say platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn have really dominated over the last few years, and a platform like Tumblr is really far more suited to social blogging than WordPress ever was.

In the end WordPress serves me well as an online portfolio, and I guess ‘blogging’ is sort of a remnant of over a decade-old internet practice, that really not many people participate in anymore. Maybe there still are regular bloggers out there, but all the good blogs tended to become pro news outlets.

It’s really crazy looking back over the old posts here – a lot of links are broken and images are missing towards the back end. I’m still interested in representing certain projects here. But the reality hits you that some projects and thoughts are approaching decade-old ages, it’s almost 10 years ago since I posted some of my first projects here. I think some of them are still relevant, and it may be that fresh, new work comes to push the old out of the spotlight so to speak. In that regard I’ve become very interested in the Unity software lately, primarily for its platform agnosticism and ability to export to a variety of media.

In truth, I’ve mostly been posting on Instagram for the better part of the last year. It’s hard not to feel that typing things here is something of a vacuum or a void that somehow goes unnoticed, activity on social media has much wider reach and impact. I’ll keep adding posts for now, but maybe some things are better kept in the archive rather than on the front page.

🙂

MT

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