How? (The Evolution)

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Like most things I become involved in, what started as a rather straightforward exercise in blogging about the halcyon days when they were shooting Baz Luhrmann’s Australia at the foot of Bowen’s main street became much more complicated than that. 

Once the shooting was over, I had a go at keeping the blog going by tapping out a few thoughts in other areas, and later in 2007 (or maybe early 2008, the  memory’s a bit cloudy on some of the finer details unless there’s something concrete to hang ‘em on) I picked up a copy of Apple’s iLife software bundle, which contained iWeb.

A bit of thought produced the metaphorical Little House of Concrete, where arriving at the home page of the site was akin to turning up at my front door.

iWeb’s inbuilt limitations (the navigation bar at the top of the screen being the major one) meant content relating to Music, Wine and Reading were soon hived off to their own sub-sites, with what was left remaining in The Original LHoC.

News that MobileMe, which had hosted the content, was going to disappear in mid-2012 meant I needed a new host and, given Apple’s disinterest in upgrading iWeb (hardly surprising, it was an obvious shill to attract customers to the first incarnation of MobileMe), new software that worked in roughly the same template-driven way. First up I switched to  RapidWeaver, which did the job pretty well, and started publishing to my own domain name.

That worked for a while, with everything clustered together under a single umbrella, but when we returned from Japan, and I started adding Travelogue material strange things started happening, so I switched over to Sandvox, which is what has produced the pages you're currently viewing.

Ventures into the Blogosphere via a suite of LHoC themed blogs is probably a little over the top, but helps the process of refining and editing the drafts of what I’ve tapped out here in the office. Lately, as part of the continuing quest for expressive elegance, I've paid for a subscription to Grammarly, the online proofreading service. It isn't cheap, but there's enough content hereabouts that needs a polish, and that justifies the expense.

 © Ian Hughes 2014