Today is the beginning of a new year. The beginning of a fresh new slate. The beginning of another cycle.
But today is also an ending. An ending that I had put off doing for quite some time, but it needs to be done.
Today, I write the final page of the original DTM Blog.
As of just an hour or so ago, my current blog, The Twisted Realm of DTM, had just surpassed 1200 blog posts. Eventually, it won't be long before that number surpasses the number of posts made here. And while I would very much like to stretch this up to a nice round number like 1250, the simple truth is that it's time to formally, officially, finally close the book on the original DTM Blog.
The DTM Blog represents something of a transitional phase in my web presence, for lack of a better term. It was originally supposed to be a companion piece to my old website, the DTM Webstation. But somewhere along the way, the Blog ended up getting more of my attention than the Webstation. Maybe it was the ease of use. Maybe it was the lack of hassle in updating templates and uploading pages upon pages worth of content and hope all the links worked properly. All I know is that somewhere along the way, the Webstation evetually went the way of the doo-doo and my focus was on this blog.
Of course, it eventually got to a point where the Tripod blogging software wasn't going to suffice given the slightly more ambitious plans I was going for. I was about to post videos around 2009 and the cumbersome editor wasn't going to cut it. Someone had suggested the Blogger site and I made an account there. The end result is two blogs; The Twisted Realm of DTM and the DTM Review Archive.
With those blogs, I could do a lot more than I could on the Tripod space... and it was also much easier and bearable to embed videos there than here. For a while, I managed both Twisted Blog (as it was known at the time) and this blog, but the Twisted Blog eventually took precedence and in April 2010, I formally retired the DTM Blog, relegated it to an archive of older works.
How fitting is it that we formally end DTM Blog at the start of a new year. And while the retirement of DTM Blog is unfortunate, it also means paving the way for a brand new slate. The Twisted Realm of DTM is going to change in a major way down the line, the video content is going to be restructured, and perhaps most ambitiously, this old Tripod space might get new blood injected into it. It's all in the idea phase, but at the same time, I can't help but feel excited by the whole deal.
As it is, DTM Blog will remain up for as long as it stays up. I have no intention of pulling the blog down. I have no intention of shutting the space down. If you want to check back on older postings, then knock yourselves out. But as far as NEW content goes... that's out of the question.
To everyone who has ever taken the time to check out some of my written ramblings and whatnots, I thank you for your time and your indulgence. I sincerely hope that you've gotten a little something out of these ramblings because I've certainly got something far more substantial than anything imaginable. It's been a thrill and a hell of a ride, but now we've come to our last stop.
The book is closed. Thanks for stopping by.