My first blog entry in WordPress

I guess “hello world” is a start, but I hate making such a typical splash into the new world. I have to admit, though, that I plan on using this as more of a test… I hope to incorporate this into my Web site in the future.

At this time, I am not allowing people to post comments on this blog, because this is a test blog (at this time, anyway). As I continue to test this, I may add information about my primary Web site.

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New interim blog

I just signed up for a free blog on WordPress.com. I hope to use WordPress and see if I can pull it into this Web site. I’ve named it Brian’s simple blog, and it’s only a test site for now. I’ve turned off comments because it is a temporary site. I hope to play around with it some more offline and figure out how to incorporate it into this site. Adding it may require some site changes, but I don’t plan on making significant aesthetic changes (I like this simple interface).

Searching my site

My search will not work for a while. This is because it is based on Google crawling the site, and it hasn’t done so due to the new domain (.net). It will hopefully be able to work again soon. I apologize for the inconvenience.

New domain address: brianshah.net

I recently received information regarding my Web domain and learned that the National Telecommunications and Information Agency was going to make public the information attached to .us domains. The last thing I really want is to be inundated with companies trying to sell me services that I really don’t want. So I decided to purchase a .net domain. For the next month or so, I will continue to have both in production, but the .us domain will be replaced by the .net. I will spend the next month reviewing my site and cleaning up any references to the new address.

Since I’m in the process of making these changes, I also plan on testing a dynamic blog. This may require another site redesign.

In the meantime, if you’ve already bookmarked my site, please change it to brianshah.net.

To learn more about .us domains, please read the following article. I’ll admit that it is a little extreme, but its basic point is evident.

Americans Deserve Privacy Web site

Dropping the Google Ads

I was not happy with the ads that posted to my home page. I also noticed that the ads were not generating any revenue. So I decided to remove them. I guess I’ll just have to continue to eat the costs of maintaining the site.

New Google Ads

You may consider it selling out, but I’ve added Google ads to my site as a way to see if this site can become self sustaining. I’ll give it a try on the home page and Tech-know pages for now, and I may eventually add them to the blog pages. But even I have limits to advertising, and I won’t add them to my bio or scrapbook pages. I’ve also copied a new version of the Google search script into my online search. I chose to go with text only, seeing how I dislike flashing pictures on other sites. Hopefully the ads will provide some useful links for further research.

And in case you’re wondering, I don’t have much control over the ads. They search each page’s contents and determine which ads to display. Therefore, even though some questionnable ads may show up on my site, I do not condone them or have any control over them.