Sometimes when we cling onto something for far too long. For the longest time I was in denial about the SATE and the direction I’d take it. You may have noticed the site looks much different right now, and unfortunately not as pretty or flashy as before. I’ll improve this in the near future, but for now see this rather primitive appearance as part of the life-giving injection I’m giving this place.
Unfortunately, the old site was heavily dependent upon large graphics, which I enjoyed making, and it gave each article, and the site itself a unique appearance when compared to most others out there. However, I felt that the requirement of each post having a unique banner had prevented me from updating often, and when doing lesser posts, the requirement of a fancy graphic made it feel like composing a parade to announce something as mundane as a bowel movement. For things that didn’t require the wrap and dressings, it was a pain to make updates or to put content up without feeling as though it required great purpose behind it… of course, most of the content appearing was appearing with great purpose, as I started this site when I wished to educate readers about mysticism, hypnosis, occultism, magic, and also explore art and music, etc. and generally had a point I was trying to make through the articles collectively offering different perspectives on the matter. The site at one point seemed to be a place I’d vent to every few months about how we collectively weren’t understanding about hypnosis with regards to it being at the core of most, if not all mystical experiences. This was frustrating for me, and I imagine as a reader, it could have become frustrating for you too.
This site, unlike my previous sites, started as a side hobby, as my old day job asked that I didn’t run websites and create content when working for an online corporation – I of course disobeyed, but certainly didn’t keep the SATE site as a prime focus. I wish to change that now, and to frequently update with posts – my old posts are removed, as I’ve been working away at a book on the previous post’s subject matter, and I’ll be offering details about it here, and depending on when it is done, may post it in chunks, or offer a free way to access it. The fact that this new website layout doesn’t require banners for each article means that I’ll be able to come home from my new job and write up something, without having to overthink what is being done. This will mean much more fluent, raw and real posts coming from me. Of course, the fact that my old macbook gave up the ghost, and along with that meaning I’ve lost my access to Photoshop, this new situation will simply be what it is, until I require change and progress… which will hopefully come with future site growth and community support.
I’m at a new place in life, working a new job, and looking to make this site more of a focus. There are over 180 fans of this site on Facebook, and there are followers on Twitter, but I don’t know what you (readers) are actually looking for, or when you jumped on board, as this site has been all over the place so if you leave comments and interact, it would be appreciated. I’ll know where to steer conversations to get you involved, as this site is not meant to be just a personal blog of mine, but to be a hub that connects people and perspectives. I live to learn and grow, and hope this site nurtures that in you as well.