Words from Walter...
Annual maintenance of the site continues… one of the more time consuming tasks is deleting all the old events. You might be interested to know that there were slightly over 200 event posts during the first full year the site’s been operating in this manner. For those who love statistics, I also deleted nearly 2ooo emails accumulated relative to the site!
Other recent events include another significant upgrade to the WordPress software–you won’t notice much change on the surface, but this upgrade made some significant improvements into how I maintain the site. I’m constantly amazed at the speed of technology–it seems like by the time I’ve mastered a technique, it changes! Some recent difficulties also made it apparent it is time to upgrade my entire computer system after just about three years. I’m told thats about the average life of a computer. (I’ll be running dual systems for a while, so there should be no significant downtime for the site.)
At the risk of engaging in blatant self-promotion, I’m working with the Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative on a series of courses next spring. The series is designed for “Solopreneurs” and will include an introductory class for those who are interested in building their own very basic (and free!) WordPress Website. Information will be posted on my “Brain Leaks and Musings” website soon.
Thanks to those who support the site by visiting and submitting information and events. It’s nice to see the site “working” and there are many examples of it. Valley Grange members were, for example, pleasantly surprised to have State Chaplain Clyde Berry join us at the service for our recently departed member Laura Pratt. He learned the news through our site. We also have recently been able to provide some help to Enterprise Grange’s grant-writing challenge as several folks replied to the call.
When I visit school children as part of our dictionary presentation, I tell the kids that patrons of husbandry are about “providing generous support” and “the wise use of resources.” Those are also the guiding principles for this site. Please send your information, news, events, and ideas and encourage others to do the same. Provide some resources–get and give some support!
Thanks also to those who “purchased” a Christmas Greeting… While we weren’t overwhelmed by the response, it was a fun project. Special thanks to Vicki Huff for chasing the idea and all her help setting up the mechanisms and collecting the donations!
Someone has wisely said “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day of your life.” While that’s a bit idealistic, there’s a lot of truth in it. When the labors of the day are complete, it’s nice to say “boy, that was fun!” My Christmas and New Year’s wish for you is that you’ll find fun in the labors of your day–whether you are working for your grange, your employer, or yourself! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!