As hard as it may be to believe you’d see a follow-up post on this blog less than a year apart, let-alone less than a week, you’re seeing it. Your eyes do not deceive you and those were regular mushrooms you had on last night’s pizza. So, here it is, the new site with improved structure regarding categories, correct attribution, and massive clean up. Here are the gritty details.
*. Created a new category structure separating, very clearly, the old owner's posts from the new. This parent category is known as O-Blogive (Onegai Blog Archive) and has more generalised, meaningful child categories.
*. Imposed a new rule of one child category per post (infinite parents).
*. Credited Onegai for all his posts.
*. Re-categorised all old posts under O-Blogive and their respective child categories.
*. Deleted all "Discussion" posts. No real, meaningful comments were made.
*. Deleted repetitive rant posts.
Of course, there’s still a lot more I want to do:
To Do List
*. Update banner. Yes, I'll miss it too, but the site need a new look now.
*. Reorganise pages and page structure (different from posts).
*. Re-format old posts to give them a distinctive style while maintaining a neater appearance.
*. Update outdated information where possible in old posts.
*. Add more external links to sources in old posts.
*. Add a few new posts.
Hopefully this will also start to work out sooner rather than later. For now, I’m pleased at what I’ve achieved.
Some years ago, I accepted the offer of taking on ownership of Onegai Blog (also jokingly known to as “1 guy blog” one-gai-blog). At the time, the author had a lot going on and little time. In fact, he mentioned work and family troubles in the email he sent me and a few other friends he’d elected as possible candidates. He mentioned wanting to just close it. To quote some of his message
…[it’s just one of millions of blogs out there, nobody gives a shit really]…[I wanted to express myself and celebrate geek culture. I somehow got sidetracked and ended up posting a lot of garbage OTT rants about my personal world views, so I failed at the blog’s purpose…if anyone wants to take it over, they take full responsibility for it and everything I’ve posted…It would be nice if I could still write articles now and then and have whoever post them, but this is probably nothing more than a good intention. Maybe I should just close it down]…
I jumped at the opportunity because it seemed like a cool idea and I thought I could promote myself. When I found out I was the only one of the three of us that had shown any interest, I got all excited. I even managed to get the original author excited again. I thought everything was going to be great. Well, it wasn’t. Maybe this blog is cursed because shortly after that, my life got busy and besides neglecting my own sites, I started to actually feel disconnected. By and by, I became too busy and unmotivated to keep this site up, or mine for that matter. At most I managed to reply to and delete a few comments here and there. That was the sum total of my term as CEO of Onegai Blog. Pretty shameful.
Anyway, the world has changed so much since I took on this site and so have I. I still want to live up to all my own expectations, so I am going to start revamping this site over the next few months. I may not post new material but I will be deleting or moving pointless rants. I’ll also be editing existing articles and trying my best to improve them with fact-checking, citations, additional information, etc. I will be restructuring Onegai Blog, too and giving it a facelift (although I really love the banner and it’ll be sad to see it go). I will be generally bettering it. Basically, I want to keep this blog alive because it was a fun place for me and I think there are some valuable articles here.
It is with great honor that I have accepted the previous author’s offer to take up the role of owner. This blog will undergo some big changes over the next few months and I will do my best to add far more content while make all existing consistent with a newer, simplified layout. The blog’s focus will also be changing to broaden the scope of topics although the primary target audience of the site — yes, that’s you, my dear otaku — will not be forgotten.
Changes to look forward to:
- A new layout and possibly uniformity for older posts
- Plenty of headers to automatically change randomly
- A new and simpler review system for media
- Possible inclusion of other topics such as coding, tech, etc
- Possible reviews on more western media such as cartoons, comics, etc
- Possibly more focus on music
- Some possible tutorials on various things from hardware to software
- Maybe, big maybe, some downloads besides images
So hopefully you’ll all like the new site and it’s new captain.