Today marks the 9 year birthday of The Grax Domain. Namely the birthday of this website. For 3,285 days, for all this time the Grax Domain website has been a dumping ground for my thoughts, ideas, creativity and so on. Much like any other blog out there in the Internet. This site doesn’t have any real sense of order, structure, hell not even a true sense of purpose or reason.
I think that something has to happen to the Grax Domain. But I don’t know what.
When I started this site back in 2004 it was a blogging site that I made by hand. I didn’t use a blogging framework like WordPress because I wanted to learn how to code proper-like. The content that I wrote on the site had all the quality of an emo teenager who was whining and boasting about his boring, uninteresting life trying to make it sound like more than it actually was. It’s downright embarrassing to re-read these posts 9 years on. Even more so when you realise that I was not a teenager when I wrote the stuff but in fact was a 21 year old guy at university.
Some time in mid-2008 I wanted to change how I presented my blog posts. I wanted to animate my posts using Adobe Flash. But I didn’t realise how much freaking work it was to draw out stuff in Flash, let alone creating all the assets to be able to churn out Flash animated posts on a frequent basis. It was around that time that I discovered the possibilities that came from video blogging on YouTube. So, with a crappy Pentax digital camera, I began making vlogs via YouTube on a fairly regular basis.
The years went by, I graduated University and got some jobs as a computer programmer, as this is my main profession. The years went by, real life stuff took priority and new post to The Grax Domain because less and less frequent.
Sometimes I had something worth-wild to say or show. One of the things that helped me create content is my 101 Things in 1001 Days list, some of my greatest posts have come from this list. However I’m fearing that this website no longer gas a purpose that’s worth keeping it running. Could this be the end of The Grax Domain?
I sincerely hope not. I don’t want this website to disappear from the Internet. There are some good content that exists that should not be lost. Certainly for now, The Grax Domain is not going to disappear. Not while challenge #11 (post an entry every day for 365 days in a row) is currently running. That will give us all a years worth of content. Maybe this will force new life and purpose into the website. Also I genuinely like making videos. That comedy skit video Harlandos and I made last month reignited my passion for making videos and doing something creative with film.
Regardless The Grax Domain will have to change, to evolve into something else. If all else fails I suppose this website could change into a kind of static memorial site. It could portray all the best bits of Grax Domain for all time, for future generations to learn who the hell Grax Domain was. And this is.
Happy Birthday Grax Domain. Until next year.