Aphorisms Galore! Is 20 Years Old Today!
posted 2017 by Peter Wastholm
Aphorisms Galore! celebrates its first twenty years by launching a few improvements:
- A new and more mobile-friendly layout with fewer images so pages load faster.
- All web traffic is now encrypted (i.e., HTTPS instead of plain HTTP). This improves your privacy and security on the Internet. Thanks to Letsencrypt for making this possible by providing free automatically renewed SSL/TLS certificates!
- All network ads have been removed. This too improves your privacy and security since these ads try to track your online behavior and since these ad networks are sometimes used as a vector for malware. Over the years, I have run banner ads from various networks -- Doubleclick, Fastclick, Valueclick, Google, and others. While they have provided me with many an interesting learning experience, I feel these ads have now outlived their usefulness, especially since what revenue they have yielded has been small and shrinking. In the future, I may run sponsor ads -- i.e., ads from companies paying me directly to advertise specifically on my site. Or I may not. We'll see how that goes.
- Google Analytics code has been removed, again to improve your online privacy. While I'm sure the data they provide is useful to many site owners, I find myself not using it a lot and therefore can't justify subjecting my visitors to the tracking that Google does across all sites that use its analytics service. I'll probably add some sort of local analytics software instead, like Piwik.
As an experiment, I will also add a cryptocurrency tip jar where users and visitors can throw me a virtual coin if they want to show appreciation for the site and encourage its continued development.
Finally, if you haven't had enough of my ramblings, you're welcome to check out a blog post I wrote elsewhere: Twenty Years Without a Plan.
Happy New Year, thanks for your interest in Aphorisms Galore!, and here's to another twenty years!
Dear Mr Wastholm.
Your admiration for your blog inspires me.
I admire that you manually deleted every single spammy comment from, I am ashamed to say, people like me.
But we are not all like that Sir, oh no. I don't take your website for its high metrics, I think it's damn awesome than you have a now 23-year-old blog.
This website will one day be worth a fortune so keep at it.
I hope you don't mind.Paysagiste nantes
Thank you for this. Read it and learn something out of it.
First I'd like to say congratulations on 20 years! That in itself is something so special, you've been running this website since I was 9! Crazy stuff. Secondly, I'd like to mention how cool it is that you still look after your site! Many would have given into the spammers and got rid of the comment function but you solider on! Manually deleting each and every one of them. That takes some serious drive and dedication! Good on you. Also, it's super cool that you've removed google analytics from your site. Many people are completely unaware of how their data is harvested and used so big ups for that! I wish you the best of luck in the future Mr Wastholm and here's to another 20 years! Scaffolding Kent
Wow congratulations! That is amazing!
Congratulations for reaching 20+ years. I've seen a lot of new updates and was thinking of doing the same with some of my websites. I know piwik is helpful in some way since I've tried that tool and I would also love to try encrypting the web traffic, same as what you mentioned in the post. Thank you for providing such information that becomes a suggestion on my end. Anyway, are you insterested in adding a fence around your property in Lakewood, CO? Find out why wrought iron fence can be the best choice.