From Magic City Morning Star

Looking Forward
By Ken Anderson
Oct 21, 2013 - 2:03:46 AM

Some of you may not remember me, while others have never heard of me. My name is Ken Anderson. I created the Magic City Morning Star sometime in 2002, using a regular HTML editor until July of 2003, when we moved to a content management format.

Our early publication is still archived on this domain, for those who may be interested. For the first few years, the Magic City Morning Star was focused on the Katahdin region of Maine, namely Millinocket, East Millinocket, and Medway, and the issues that were important to the people there.

As time went on, we began to publish other content as well, and when financial pressures forced my wife and I to move to North Carolina for a year and a half, the publication lost its Katahdin focus. We took in our nephew, raising him from the age of twelve to seventeen, and a lot of things got in the way of being able to maintain the Magic City Morning Star on a regular basis.

For the past few years, I've been struggling to earn a living online, so that we can live in Maine. I have gone a few rounds with cancer, which is hopefully gone now, and I have picked up several other commitments, some of which will hopefully be productive. In the process, I have been away from the Magic City Morning Star almost entirely, leaving it in the capable hands of Ben Dedek, a man who I count as a friend although we've never met.

While I still feel overextended much of the time, I will again be taking part in the publication of the Magic City Morning Star, alongside Ben Dedek. I won't be able to spend several hours on it every day, as I once did, and there will no doubt be days when I will be unable to do anything at all with it, but I'll do the best I can.

I've created a new logo, and have removed some of the dead links on the site, although there are still others to be tended to. More importantly, some of our files had been hacked into. I feared that this would be a major problem, as I don't know what I'm looking for when it comes to cleaning dynamically created web pages of code added by hackers. I have paid a service called StopTheHacker to clean our files and, for a monthly fee, they will scan our files periodically. After a few days, they had removed all malicious code from the site except for one line of code that was on an HTML file, and they were able to point to the specific file and to the code that needed to be removed, which I did. We are clean now, and we should remain that way.

Most of our Comics feeds were defunct, so I have replaced them with fresh ones. I will also be uploading some Golden Age comics that are now in the public domain.

I have moved several inactive columns to the Discontinued section, and will soon be adding columns for some of our newer writers who don't yet have their own columns.

Likely, in the near future you'll be seeing some design changes, but nothing radical. You will notice that something has changed, but the changes won't be so drastic that you'll be lost.

As for our plans for the future, no one who has a column here will be in danger of losing it, and we will be adding more as we find additional writers.

I think you will see a larger emphasis on reviews, including book reviews, movie reviews, product reviews, and others, and anyone associated with the Magic City Morning Star will be welcome to contribute. At this point, I have only a rough idea of what I'd like to do, but I would like to publish more reviews.

I have also removed some of the advertising from our margins, and will likely remove more of it in the future. One of the design changes that I have i mind is to widen the left and right margins of the page, and to use this section of the site to advertise the businesses, websites, or interests of our contributors, rather than third-party advertising.

In the eleven years that the Magic City Morning Star has been in publication, the amount of money that it has brought in through advertising is in the double digits, so that's wasted space and a needless distraction, in my opinion. I'd rather use that space to advertise the things that our writers and columnists are interested in.

A lot of things are still up in the air, and I am open to suggestions from our readers as well as from those of you who have kept this site going over the years.

Ken Anderson

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