Happy New Year!

“The Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most temporal part of time–for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

     Happy New Year!  I don’t usually set resolutions for myself, but I do occasionally set goals for the new year, sometimes achieving them, and sometimes failing to do so.  Ever since I launched this website / blog in early 2014, I’ve sort of let it slide to the wayside.  I’ve updated it occasionally as time permitted, and written a few entries off and on.

     One of my goals for 2015 is to put more effort into maintaining and updating this website.  I also hope to put more effort into writing, and finish up Tales of the Canoe at some point this year.  Part of the reason that I’ve not put as much effort into this blog in 2014 as I should have can be attributed to my frustration with the Word Press platform.  When I first started this blog, I sang the praises of Word Press as a blogging platform.  I lauded its infinite customization capabilities, and raved at how awesome it was to have so much flexibility in site design.  Don’t get me wrong.  I still love Word Press, but figuring things out and incorporating my personal touch into this website has been very time consuming.  Overall, Word Press is an incredible platform that makes managing a website and blog very easy for someone such as myself. But it’s not without it’s challenges!

    One the reasons that I’ve had challenges with this site and the platform used to create it, is due to the fact that I built it from scratch.  I have had to create everything from the background, to the colors, to the images used.  It would have been immeasurably easier to have simply created a blog on a site such as blogger.com, or even gone to www.wordpress.com and created a site hosted by Word Press.  Instead, I registered my own domain name and installed the software onto my web server.  That’s where the problem has been.  In doing this, I had to set up everything from scratch.  As a result, it’s taken much time and effort for me to figure out even simple things, such as how to customize the font and font size when writing blog entries.  I am not a computer programmer, though I do have a decent amount of computer software knowledge.  Anyway, I say all this to say that I’ve become more familiar with the platform, so you will soon be seeing some minor tweaks and changes.  You will notice that this font size is slightly larger than what I’ve used in the past – again – a Word Press tweak that I had to enable and configure!  I hope that everyone had a great Christmas!  Ours was busy as usual, with much traveling as has become the norm.  I’ve posted a few pictures in a separate blog post.  I hope that everyone has a blessed 2015.  

Until next time,

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Stephen Coleman

About Stephen Coleman

Stephen Coleman lives in the central part of Mississippi with his wife and two dogs, Opie and Oliver, who were rescued from animal shelters. In his free time, he enjoys writing, spending time with his family, and spending time in the great outdoors of his home state.

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