First, let me welcome you to the new site, and thank you for stopping by. The reason for the drastic change can be summed up in one word – friendly. While the old site was a great place for all the gadgets, bells, and whistles, it lacked the one simple thing that every blog should have – participation. I do appreciate everyone that posted or replied to comments on the old site, or at least attempted to. There were many times that someone sent me a message stating that they could either not login, or even leave a comment as a guest. This site solves that issue. It’s also more user friendly.
One of the greatest thrills of documenting my journey as a writer is the community aspect of this project. Writing is a lonely job, but having a group of people (like you) that are going through, or have gone through many of the same things, well, that’s priceless. I appreciate every tweet sent my way (okay, almost every tweet), all the Facebook interactions, and most especially the comments that you guys and gals leave on my blog posts. Those comments have often turned an otherwise dull or depressing day around for me.
The new site has a few features that I really like. There are multiple columns, depending upon the size of your screen. Stretching out the page will reveal a Twitter feed, Networked Blogs, and other social media sections. On most normal sized screens you probably will never see it, so I may change that around one day. There’s also the ability to subscribe to an RSS feed for specific categories of the blog, such as Reviews, Blog, etc. The menu for that is in the very top left, beside my Top 100 Songs playlist.
There’s also the new Blogroll of all my favorite sites. These are the places that I visit most frequently, and I think you will enjoy their content too.
While I was able to transfer the content of the original site, the one disappointment I have is that it would not let me bring all the old comments as well. I apologize for this, but there was little I could do about it. On the bright side, the new comments section is perhaps my favorite addition of all. Hopefully it will encourage more participation. If nothing else, it will at least let those folks that try to leave a comment actually post one.
Click on The Rush Room title logo and it will open the main site.
So again, welcome to the new site. Leave me a note that you stopped by.