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January 7, 2022

Hey Internet.

I've been toying with the idea of doing a blog for a while. The vlogs I've been releasing have been fun, and I definitely intend to continue with those, but to be honest it's a lot of work. Sometimes I just don't want to go to all the trouble of making sure I look presentable, the apartment looks presentable, setting up the camera and lighting, editing, and captioning. Sometimes I just want to get my thoughts out there without all the rigmarole. Mastodon is nice for that, but it has its limitations (namely the character limit).

For the time being, my website is just static, hand-coded HTML. This was intentional. I didn't want to have the bloat of a whole unnecessary web framework. It's been rather nostalgic... reminiscent of my old GeoCities days. Ah, the simpler times. At some point though, I'm going to do something of an overhaul on the site. I want to make this overhaul as unobtrusive to the end-user as possible. Ideally, you won't even notice it's happened. There are a few reasons for this. For starters, I want to set up a Gemini capsule, and have the website and Gemini capsule mirror each other. Also, with just static HTML, people can't leave comments. I'm trying to decide whether or not that is a good thing. For now, you can direct comments to my personal email at jonathan@jlamothe.net.

With all that out of the way, I wanted to talk a little about the purpose of this blog. You won't find any particular theme here apart from just general stuff going on in my life. I may talk about technology, religion (particularly Mormonism), or any other subject that happens to be relevant in my life at the time. It's really a mixed bag. This is just a place for me to put my thoughts out there for public consumption in a more long-form format.

As for what's going on right now, I was actually approached by a podcast* that wants to talk with me about my experiences with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon church). Those who follow me on Mastodon may already be aware of a previous podcast I did an interview with on the same subject.

* I guess technically, I reached out to them first. They had done an interview with another former member of the LDS church, and I emailed them some information that they could pass along to their interviewee. It was at that point that they asked if I'd be willing to share my experiences.

At this point, I don't know if I'm supposed to be releasing too much information about it. I haven't signed any kind of NDA or anything, but it's far enough in the future that I don't want to spoil anything. I guess I'll have to clarify that with them on that and "return and report". At any rate, I've been impressed with their level of professionalism and commitment to researching the subject in depth before recording the episode. I have provided them with a heap of information that'll take a while to go through.

Well, I guess that's about it for now. With both my vlogs and now these blogs, I'm never really quite sure how to smoothly bring them to a close, so I guess I'll leave it as I always do.

Have a good one.