Welcome to my new blog site, which is still in development, but coming along pretty quickly. As some of you may be aware, I’ve been blogging since 2003, starting as Wakeupzombies.com and Commonsenseaustin.com, which were initially managed without any kind of blogging software by modifying PHP scripts by hand. I then switched to a Blogger site for a couple of months and eventually moved to a pMachine driven blog under the names Diablog.us and Elitistpig.com for a couple of years and about 500 blog posts. pMachine had some great features, particularly its ease of integration into more traditional websites. You can call a pMachine database from a single line in a regular html page and integrate it into the content of the page relatively seamlessly. However, pMachine has become a sort of orphan as its publisher moved to a much larger and unweildy replacement package. So while I’m keeping pMachine for integrating dynamic content into my business site, I’m going to be switching over to WordPress for personal and political writing, and I’ve settled on a new name for my main site, The Republic of Dave, which is where you are right now if you’ve managed to find this post.
Apparently people found the blog title Elitist Pig to be either intimidating, confusing or insulting in some way, so I’ve been looking around for an alternative for a while. Republic of Dave seemed appropriate in light of my views on individual autonomy, self-reliance and responsibility. It kind of fits right in with my Aurelian Stoic viewpoint on life. As you’ll note from the head of this post, I’ve even got a flag for my new Republic, and we’re dedicated to open immigration policy.
I’ll be posting new articles to both the new site and the old site for a while yet, as I make the transition. And a lot of material will still be appearing over at blogcritics.org.