A few weeks ago, I brought rockindonkey.com back to the web. The website has gone through many incarnations from when I originally created it back in 1996 on America Online, with my 5 megabytes of allocated server space.
Initially, it was a fan site for Sammy Hagar, Y&T and Rick Springfield. Later incarnations saw pages devoted to "Weird Al" Yankovic (which I called "AlNet", a "parody" of the, now defunct, RockNet, using a similar design. -- I got the idea from "Yankovic!" which itself, was a parody of the Yahoo! web portal).
Eventually, I jettisoned the fan pages, and devoted it to my own content. Nothing much, just a place to host some guitar licks and riffs I had recorded, photos I had taken, and some other personal stuff.
The thing with having a website is, I'm always tweaking the damned thing. Creating new designs, because I get tired of the last.
So, when I brought it back, the purpose was to give me a place to host this podcast. Instead of registering "alloverthepodcast.com", I found that rockindonkey.com was available again (It had been used as a Karoake business out of Denver, at one point, and something else, before that -- I don't recall) so I decided that I would reclaim my domain.
So, after reclaiming my domain, I put the old files, which I had backed up from when I still had the site some 8 years ago.
I soon came to the realization that the site needed to be updated pretty badly. The old content still worked, but it looked 8 years old.
So, I've spent the past couple of weeks replacing the tables with DIVs and CSS, but still maintaining the existing design. I added a page for the podcast, jettisoned my photo galleries, yet, the site still looked 8 years old. I really liked that design, but I realized that it really didn't play well with mobile devices.
So, over the past few days I went through the site and totally revamped all of the pages to use a design that would work better with mobile devices. I came up with something that I'm pretty happy with. There were some things about the old design that I really liked, and thought looked cute, so I've archived the old version of the site, although it won't be updated with any of the new content.
I'm sure there's a good chance that I might wind up making more changes, perhaps even jettisoning the whole thing and starting over.
But, for the time being, I have a design I'm satisfied with, and I learned a few things in the process, which, theoretically I can apply to work.
If nothing else, I'm back.