Welcome to the new and very different miqrogroove.com! Every five years or so, this website undergoes a major retooling to keep everything in line with my plans and expectations. Ten years ago, the transition was from GeoCities to a University of Michigan server, where the website experienced a period of rapid growth and change. That was the golden age of sharing files and sending e-mails through websites. Within five years after that, miqrogroove.com had moved to professional hosting and consisted of many thousands of pages in multiple natural languages. That period included the birth of social networking on the web, and common availability of megabit residential Internet service.
Today I am weighing three undeniable trends in the life cycle of miqrogroove.com. Most importantly is the fact that past phases of growth added some scrapbook-like features that were never updated. In a system of static files, it is very bad to do that because the addition of new content always increases the burden of management. Five years ago, the way to get around that problem on a budget was to design a custom web application from scratch, or even use a hideous pre-packaged web portal system. On the bright side, there are now mature, free, content management platforms spanning the skill range from sophomore webmaster all the way up to rocket-scientist information modeler. Setting up a weblog-style page is already second nature to the masses, so the weblog itself has become appropriately automated for adding and archiving pages of real content.