The Atomic Insights Blog has been published here on Blogger since March of 2005. It has been a great host at a terrific price. Who can beat free?
However, there are some limitations to the format and the expandability. Some of my friends have also teased me about having an outdated, old fashioned looking lay out. One of them took it upon himself to design a new site and show me what it would look like if I moved my blog to a different platform with a much more creatively supported blog engine – like WordPress.
The raw material for that site update was the “classic” Atomic Insights web site, the one that sort of looked like a blog created before the word was invented. Actually, for the web historians in the audience, Atomic Insights was more like an e-zine or a webzine – it started life as a paper newsletter in April of 1995. Another friend who called me old fashioned back then took on the task of converting it to HTML and showing me how to publish it on the web. For its first few years of existence, Atomic Insights lived in a directory on a server at the University of Wisconsin. (As you can tell, I am kind of a cheapskate who is willing to use free services if available.)
Anyway, this message is a long-winded way of saying that there is a new Atomic Insights that will be the new place to read updated content and engage in intelligent discussions about energy from an atomic point of view. For the time being, the plan is to leave this Blogger site in place and to finish up the conversations that are still going on.
Once we have worked out all of the kinks associated with starting up a new platform and converting a moderate number of existing files, we will open up comments at the new site. Then we hope to migrate the articles posted here to be archived there. However, there are some technical issues that might prevent that from being a smooth process. I am still a conservative, risk averse nuke at heart, so we are taking a tight pants, belt and suspenders approach and trying to prevent any breakage for all of the links that are involved.
Not that I am complaining, but the task of convincing more than 60,000 visitors to change their bookmarks from http://atomicinsights.blogspot.com to http://atomicinsights.com may take a few reminders. Notifying and modifying the hundreds of sites that provide links here might be an even longer process. For any webmasters in the crowd, if you have links to individual posts, please do not worry or modify them; they will continue to work. The biggest challenge of all will be to get the crawlers to notice the new site and the PageRank algorithm to begin giving the new site the same kind of web cred that this blog has developed.
If you try out the new site and like the way it looks and works, you can get in touch with Jason, the creative and technical force behind the conversion project http://www.facebook.com/correiaj.