Well now that the KRAG website is successfully up and running, it's time for me to get back to blogging on the state of the world - or at least how it relates to reptile and amphibian recording in Kent (hem).
As ever, the spring has been extraordinarily busy with lots of survey work being undertaken - mostly commercial surveys connected with my business. This blue spotted male slow-worm being just one highlight.
However, there have been lots of developments in the seedy world of conservation and several topics just demand my attention. But not just yet.
I have decided to significantly update the blog - both in terms of design and content. In doing so I will have to leave behind the software that has served me well since September 2003. The world of blogging has moved on quite a bit since then and it really is time that I refreshed the site and updated my approach. Indeed it looks like I will probably settle for an online system such as TypePad for hosting the blog. I'm therefore faced with a bit of a quandary. What to do with all of the old posts? The problem with standalone software is proprietary file formats. This wasn't really an issue back in 2003 when I first set up the blog. However, it is now.
I would prefer not to loose the old posts so I am looking at ways of importing them into the new blog. Not as easy as it sounds, but I will give it a try. Failing that, I will probably keep the old blog around as an archive, with all new posts appearing on TypePad.
Another change to the blog, is that it will revert to once again being very much my opinion on the world, rather than a mechanism for publishing KRAG news. Thanks to Jen and Mike, the KRAG website is quite capable and simply doesn't need the blog. In a way that's something of a relief, since I can now be less concerned over publishing posts that may be considered detrimental to the group (some folks have suggested that I am quite opinionated you know..!). It also means that I can use the blog as a mechanism for commenting on issues that affect my job as a professional ecological consultant and perhaps some of my other interests. We'll see.
In case you are wondering about the title - it's amazing how something that starts off as simple as a design refresh can lead to a complete overhaul. I'll let you guess the title of the film (and I don't mean the remake).