Welcome to the latest version of my web site! It seems hard to believe, but I have had a web presence of some sort for over 20 years now. It started in 1992 as a few educational pages on a server run by WNUR radio (with whom I had no affiliation, but they were one of the first private organizations to realize the power of the web). I knew nothing of HTML, but someone I “met” online offered to do that for me. Then in 1996 I created my own outsideshore.com site. This grew and was re-organized several times over the years, and was eventually joined by marcsabatella.com. As I saw it, outsideshore.com was the site for my educational materials, and marcsabatella was the site for information about me and my music.
My relationship with social media goes back even farther. I was one of those guys hanging out on BBS systems in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, dialing up with my 300 baud modem (look it up). Plato was big for me in the mid-1980’s, then Usenet newsgroups in the 1990’s. Myspace never really did it for me, but I dutifully created a page that I guess is probably still up there. I’ve been pretty active in a number of email and web forums dealing with music, art, and photography (justjazz, wetcanvas, dpreview, pentaxforums, musescore, etc). When Facebook started to get big, I created personal and then business pages there. I also started a not-very-well-maintained Blogger site, an almost completely ignored Twitter account. More recently I’ve been posting paintings created on my iPad to Tumblr, videos to YouTube, and recordings to SoindCloud.
At times over the past 20 years, my own web sites have been pushing the forefront of internet technologies, but at other times they have been hopelessly dated, and my social media presence has become hopelessly scattered and unfocused. In an effort to keep up with the changing face of the web a bit better and have a better chance of integrating my own sites with whatever social media presence I manage to maintain, I have now migrated my own sites (outsideshore.com and marcsabatella.comto WordPress. This should make it easier to maintain, easier to incorporate new web technologies, easier to integrate with social media, and generally improve things all around. You are reading my first post to this new combined incarnation of my site.
BTW, this is the first time I have relied on a third party content management system for any of my sites, although I developed and used my own CMS back in late 1990’s, which was unfortunately lost in a disk crash. Since then I had been back to hand-coded HTML and CSS. I turned to WordPress when I finally faced the fact that it’s just too hard for me to stay current with web technology while trying to have careers in music, art, and photography as well. So bear with me if things seem a bit awkward at first while I find my way around. And if you have any site suggestions, please feel free to let me know.
Now, if I can just find a spare floppy disk, I’ll save this blog entry and dial up the modem to post it!