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With in-person events cancelled in the Greater Toronto Area for the duration of 2020, that opened up my schedule tremendously. I largely avoided online or virtual events, with a few exceptions, such as events that I helped organize through the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto, and a birthday party or two. I'm used to spending extended periods of time at home, so I took the opportunity to fix my blog. The one you're reading right now!

As it was for the last few years, this site was a broken upgrade from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. I made do with redirecting portions of it to the working Drupal 6 site using the Rabbit Hole module. Among other things, it can redirect based on a content type to a different site, and I did so to archive.justagwailo.com. Now, since this site is more or less repaired, the redirection happens the other way around. I'm keeping the archived site alive in case there's anything I've forgotten.

It turns out fixing my website is something I enjoyed doing, and there has been much to fix since archiving the Drupal 6 version of the site.

I restored the Delicious Bookmarks and Flickr photos section (minus some features around sets), and started a Toronto Architectural Tours section. I still use Flickr as the back-end for hosting photos, and have a few photos to syndicate over to the site still. Individual broken posts are for the most part fixed, and I watch the logs for any signs of errors. Broken links in the bookmark section are tagged as such when I come across them, and I'm excluding my posts from responsible search engines. I hope to automate the flagging of broken links, at least in the bookmarks section, so that I don't just do it as I come across them. The site's changelog is back, with updates regarding major restorations. There have been quite a bit of behind-the-scenes changes, tremendously speeding up the loading of the site.

The goal was to restore functionality and content to the Drupal 7 site so that I could more easily migrate to Drupal 8 (and more likely, 9). With that latest version of the CMS, I would be able to do things of an Indieweb nature, especially now that the ActivityPub module has an active release and is under sustained development, and send and receive webmentions and receive pingbacks (I'm not sure I will, though), and have content posted elsewhere (aka Mastodon and Twitter) originate here as much as possible though Micropub.

I still post to Flickr, though I haven't imported all of the missing photos into this site, and I've paused the automatic syndication of photos. Twitter is where I post thoughts most frequently. I'm updating my blog on more or less a monthly basis now, especially the "Sheltering In Place" posts during the COVID-19 pandemic. While on the blog those posts appear in reverse-chronological order, the Sheltering In Place section is chronological, an experiment in Twitter-like threads on a website. I have comments to posts stored in the database, but not set to display. I'll make those public again at some point in the near future. I don't anticipate ever enabling comments on my blog, at least not directly, again. I keep my Elsewhere page up-to-date.

The next step is to upgrade to Drupal 8 and add all of the aforementioned Indieweb technologies. With a vaccine on the horizon, though still somewhat distant, I'm hopeful that will be my next big project during the pandemic.