Purpose and content of this site

Table of contents and origin for tildes on the side:

After 2 or so years of updating the blog off and on I think I can accurately describe the contents of this site now.

In 2021 at least I began to concentrate on game reviews, mostly for Steam and PS4.

In the past I have also had a number of posts about Windows Server, my Dell R520 server hardware, and Hyper-V. Eventually I switched from Hyper-V and Windows over to Linux and Proxmox.

In addition I have a number of posts on regular Windows (mostly 10) as well as my mostly unsuccessful attempts at learning programming (a category I still need to clean up).

I actually wrote (and finished) a two part post about the spreadsheet I made from my steam game collection. Not saying it’s coherent or anybody is interested. Just that it took me a really long time and I managed to finish it.

What I put in originally, around mid-2019:

I am hoping to cover as wide of swath of my interests as possible. We’ll see how significantly that happens going forward. My goal is always for fun stuff to feed into serious stuff which feeds back in to fun stuff.

For instance a fun thing (for me) like tracking my Steam game collection with Google Sheets gives me significant knowledge of google sheets and spreadsheets in general. I can then apply that skill to spreadsheets at work which will require some variation. Which I can then apply to my Steam game collection spreadsheet. Kind of an infinite loop.

Originally I wanted to make a site by hand using GitHub and one of those “static site generators” like Jekyll. I came up with this whole plan of having the site hosting with “GitHub pages” with the generic GitHub URL and a separate Amazon S3 hosted version with my own custom domain. The Amazon host – it’s a VM with shell access – would have a scheduled task of using git to “pull” the GitHub repo of the site once a week or however often I deemed appropriate.

That was the plan. Well still is really. I even went through and took notes on a 19 part YouTube playlist that explained how to setup and configure Jekyll.

The thing is understanding how to configure Jekyll, modify my site with the Jekyll config files and also learn some markdown was/is taking too long. I wanted to get back to the original project I was doing before the Jekyll site tangent: much more fully embracing programming skills with JavaScript/nodejs/probably other things.

Since my recent track record would indicate I would lose interest in Jekyll and eventually programming and the website thing in general (due to a lack of success and other distractions) I decided to do a mean-time with a free level WordPress site. I haven’t used WordPress in a really long time and I already like it more than I did the last time I used it in probably 2010 or so.