Its a sad day for me.
For more than 20 years, I have been writing on KyPlaskon.com with an ancient Content Management system from Register.com that the company considers "a legacy" product. That means it is super old!
Today, I took that old site down, like saying goodbye to a friend that has been with me through a lot. That site got me my first job designing web for KPBS in 1999 when I was hired to create MyElectionFolder, a site that would organize news for people who wanted to follow the historic 2000 election. I managed building that site for the station under a grant from the Coroporation for Public Broadcasting. I didn't think it was anything special, but back then, the IT manager for the station said, "You built that?!" I said "yeah." I'm not sure he knew that there was a content management system for the page.
But I did have some web-building experience under my belt, web building experience that I kept secret. You see, I had one college class on web sites, just one and I failed it, not because I didn't do a good job but because I had an incomplete web site and the instructor was really strict. Still, the experience from that one class failure has led to an entire career in web sites. I built that first site for KPBS and later sites for the La Raza Lawyers Association, taught web design in the Washoe County School District and managed sites for the State of Nevada. (Scroll down to keep reading)
Over all those years, the KyPlaskon.com site has been with me. It was just kind of fun to blog and write about whatever I wanted and some pretty unpopular topics. For instance, when Caesars Entertainment fired all its employees one day to get rid of their vacation time, nasty chemical food additives, insurance fraud cover ups by fire departments, secret U.S. government programs in middle eastern countries, Donald Trumps unpaid business license fees in Nevada, and personal experiences like crossing the border illegally with coyotes. Many of these stories were rejected by mainstream media as too controversial. In one case, I was the only journalist to report on the Caesar's Entertainment world-wide firing of its employees. The company was such a powerful advertiser that, stations wouldn't run the story. But as an anchor on KOLO-TV, I was able to do it and the story recieved world-wide attention. On my blog, I included additional details. This made the new station manager Matt Eldridge, who was an add salesman and not a news man, very unhappy. The shift from news-focused persons running stations to advertising mangers running stations is an unfortunate shift that is damaging the public trust of the news. It blurs the line of news and advertising. (Scroll down to keep reading).
Photo I shot at Liberty Island in 2000. (c) Kyril Plaskon 2000
For the most part, I mostly published things that the media wouldn't For the most part, I mostly published things that the media wouldn't. The site sat dormant for many years and it didn't cost me anything. Lately I have been seing advice that I should promote myself and so that is kind of what I plan to do with the site now. That is why I converted it to this new format. I hope the content is still good. The web counter is checking out at 13,084 clicks, but analytics showed A LOT more visits. That's a lot of people who have read my work over the years. My daughter converted all of these stories.
This was a good start for another reason. My daughters will be starting their own web sites this year, sites that will be with them forever too I hope.
So bye by to the old Legacy KyPlaskon.com site and welcome to the new KyPlaskon.com. I hope you enjoy the blog and if you have any suggestions, please send them my way. Thanks!