Running... Again?

  If you know me you know there was a time about 10 years ago or so where I was running. A lot. At least 5 days a week and at least 5 miles a run. I wasn’t training, I wasn’t preparing for a race or a marathon. I just found myself enjoying the time spent running. I wasn’t obsessed with numbers, but I kept track of them all and liked seeing improvements in time and distances. It was good physical health and mental health. Then I tweaked my knee. Not bad enough that I couldn’t walk on it, just a tweak that told me I needed to back off of running for a little bit. So I decided on 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks I aborted a run very early as the pain was still there. 2 weeks became 3, became a month, became 5 years. 

I've Moved

Well, my website moved anyway. 
In looking at my website usage over the past year I decided that it really wasn't worth the ~$100/year investment for my own domain name and hosting. I could have gone cheaper and used a different website development piece of software, but that wouldn't be useful as I use Drupal for making websites. Instead I elected to use Drupal Gardens. Drupal Gardens, by Acquia, is similar to Blogger or Wordpress hosted sites where you have a given area to have your blog, but it expands on it and allows to have a full fledged site. Drupal Gardens is also neat for me as it gives me a taste of what Drupal 7 will look and feel like when it gets released, which could be pretty soon from what I hear. There are of course some drawbacks for having my site hosted here; I'm limited to using only the modules that Acquia has allowed, and other customizations are limited. A strong point, for me, is there theming tools are very useful. It's encouraging to hear that the developers are listening to users' needs and feedback and modules that people are wanting are being approved for Gardens use. If you're looking to have a website with more features than a blog and don't want to bother with performing site maintenance, I suggest giving Drupal Gardens a look. The basic version is free, and there are various paid version to be rolled out next year. 
But what about the domain name? I was never a big fan of "", it was something I came up with quickly before the expiration of the special deal my previous hosting provider was running. With Drupal Gardens I can roll my own domain name if I want to later, or even export the whole site and bring it over to some other host to get it running again. So now I'll take a little more time in figuring out a domain name I like. If you were around from the beginning, let me know what you think of the new digs. And if you're new to the site, let me know what you think too.


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