It's been a long time coming, but I think it's finally time for me to shutter GreaterDebater. Suffice it to say, the site never really gained much traction, except maybe among a small, but dedicated group of spammers. I guess the demand for a site specifically tailored for arguing on the Internet is not as high as I had thought. Perhaps people are content to argue on the many sites where it is only an ancilliary function. Perhaps I didn't market as effectively as I could have. Probably some combination of the above, and other factors.
At any rate, I want to free up the space on the server for new endeavors, including this blog. The old posts from That's Debatable have been ported to here and will remain accessible in perpetutity in their own archive. Meanwhile, I will plunge forward under the rebranded title you see now. I'm also writing some new software to make the blog happen. I think the database/web framework setup is somewhat overkill for my simple blog. It also favors writing in a web form, which I never liked. To that end the new blog is statically hosted, with some simple scripts to convert markdown text to html, pass them through a template and save to the web server root directly. The whole thing is pushed to site with mercurial, which makes the workflow nice for me. It also means I get to do all the writing in emacs, and who wouldn't want that?
Aside from simplifying my blog life, I have another new project that has been smoldering on the back burner for a couple years now. It's time to finally bring that to the fore, so lookout for more on that soon.
I hope everyone's new year is off to a great start. See you soon!