While rooting around in the darkest, dampest part of our basement this morning, I came across a moldy, forgotten old box sitting in a puddle of cat pee in the corner.
Believing its contents forever ruin'd, I opened the box to see if anything was salvageable.
Inside, I found my old blog and vanity domain.
Wow, that brought back memories!
I pulled them both out of the box and set them on a paper towel to dry. The last few years of the blog were stuck together and ruined (and kinda smelled), but I was able to salvage the rest after a little wipe-down and disinfecting.
They cleaned up easily and looked as good as they ever did. After admiring my handiwork for a few minutes, I asked myself, "CJ, what are you gonna do now? Put it on a shelf as a curio with your Sega Saturn and martini glasses? Put it in another box and forget about it again? Or are you going to do something with it?"
As usual, I had a point.
After five whole seconds of deliberation, I made the decision to do something with the old blog. Several (dollars * 1.35) and twenty minutes of fiddling later, I am once again in control of my blog, my domain, and my creativity.
Welcome back to Conceit and Sociopathy.
I'm going to (partially) thank/blame John Dobbin for this.
I loved his recent blog post on magazines, which reminded me of my own writings about magazines (a subject near and dear to my heart)... which reminded me about blogging, which reminded me that I have a metric shitload of writing and creative projects I've been putting off for a decade or more.
I was inspired enough to renew my old domain (now that the squatter let it lapse), start a new blog, and upload the last backup I'd done of the original blog, sometime in 2019. Thankfully archive.org has everything up until October 2021, which will give me all but the last few posts I'd done. These last few were thematic posts about music with embedded links to music videos on YouTube, so no great loss there.
I have a bit of work to do, but I expect to have the remaining content up in the next day or two.
It's good to be back.