A Brave New World

As you can see, I’ve changed the look of eigenmagic.com. They say a change is as good as a holiday, well, I’ve been having the equivalent of a lot of holidays lately. I’d been planning a move to this new look for a while and given all the other changes that have been going on, now seemed an appropriate time to make the transition.

I’ve been thinking about what to do with this new look website. It’s always been a vague hobby of mine, a place to put my thoughts, photos for friends and family, and whatever else I felt like putting here. The updates have been sporadic, sometimes daily, sometimes weekly, sometimes not for months. I’ve never taken this website so seriously that I’ve worried about making updates all the time, nor has it been so entertaining that I’ve wanted to update it to the point where I’d make the time. That isn’t likely to change, though I’d like to try to get more regular updates happening.

A lot of the problem has been content. What on earth would I actually put here? Sure, the odd set of photos now and then or the occasional recipe, but that’s hardly enthralling. There are a million websites at LiveJournal or Blogger containing the myriad thoughts of a great many people more interesting than me. A world full of people filling cyberspace with idle chatter. Why add to the noise? Previously I’ve always put only the most superficial information here, for the benefit of friends who actually know of the existence of this site. Sometimes I’d splash out and rant a little, sometimes publishing the results, sometimes not. I’ve always kept a lot private on the off chance I might offend someone.

That isn’t the point of this site, though. It’s my website. I can do whatever I want with it, though I would prefer to make it somewhat worthwhile. It occurred to me a little while ago that putting my own thoughts down in some form could be therapeutic, given what was going on at the time. Indeed, it was very beneficial, and I highly recommend it, even if you just write things down and then delete them straight away. Of course, the web is a lot more public than a private diary, so you need to decide just how much you want to broadcast to the world at large. Again, there are plenty of people out there prepared, quite literally, to bear all on the internet. I am not one of those people, or at least, not at the moment. ;)

After a lot of soul searching, I’ve decided to try something a little different. I’m going to open up a little more than usual here. I’m going to write more private thoughts here than I might otherwise have done, and I’ll be putting up some of my photographic art, which you could say provides even greater insight into who I am. As a tradeoff, I’m going to keep myself pseudo-anonymous and hide behind my alias. Sure, you could find out who I really am with a minimum of effort, and a lot of the people who will find their way here will already know who I am, and that’s fine. My intention is that by hiding behind an alias I divorce the real world me from the online me a little. Though it may be the real world person who creates this website, the persona you encounter here is slightly different from that person. Keep that in mind.

You see, this is my little release. It’s nothing that remarkable, but it’s mine and I need it to stay sane. If something here offends you, I apologise, but you’ll just have to deal with it. Please don’t come here if you think you won’t be able to deal with the content. It’s quite likely that there will be obscene language, adult themes, nudity, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. If you don’t think you can handle reading or seeing such things, best to leave now. I realise I may well offend my family or my friends at times, but I figure that they know me well enough to forgive me. Those who can’t, well, let’s just cross that bridge if we come to it.

Right at the outset I’d like to thank my friends and family for being there for me, in recent times and in times long past. I wouldn’t have made it this far without you and I hope you’ll stay with me as I venture forth into a brave new world. I have high hopes.

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