MikeSalway.com.au is launched!

Hi all

Over 4 years ago when IceInSpace was first created, it was originally my little home on the internet – a place to upload my images and share and write about my experiences in astronomy. It soon grew into a community site for amateur astronomers in Australia and across the world. I still kept my personal image gallery on IceInSpace but it always bothered me that it wasn’t really the right place for it anymore.¬†

Earlier this year, I decided it was finally time to completely separate my personal work from IceInSpace and create a new site specifically dedicated to my thoughts and my images – and here it is, mikesalway.com.au.

It’s been a long time coming – I started it back in April 2008 but have only found time to work on it in shorts bursts, before being dragged off to do more work on IceInSpace, or just being able to find the time outside of real work and family life.

I chose to use WordPress as the main site framework and Coppermine as the Gallery system. They have a reasonable level of integration for what I need it for, and sticking with Coppermine meant I didn’t need to upload all of my old images into a new gallery system. I went with WordPress as it’s easy to add new content to after the initial setup phase.

So what am I going to use this site for? At this stage i’m not really sure how it’s going to evolve. Without a doubt, as a minimum all of my new images, articles and reviews will be uploaded here. Beyond that – who knows. I’ll be feeding my blog with my thoughts about a wide range of topics, not just astronomy, so hopefully there’ll be always something interesting enough for you to bookmark mikesalway.com.au and to check back regularly. If you want to keep up-to-date automatically, you can subscribe to the RSS feed which will display any new posts in your feed reader.

I’d started writing posts many months ago while development of the site was ongoing, so you can see previous posts by using the archives links on the right. The articles and reviews I’ve written can be found in the articles and reviews pages, and you can find out more about me at the About page. All of my images can be found in the image gallery, though I still need to make a few minor changes and enhancements to the gallery section. Just as a heads-up, when you click on the image thumbnail, the pop-up image has a bunch of icons across the top to see the larger version, comment on or rate the image or to see additional information.

Like any blog, you can search for content, make comments to the articles or posts, and you can also make comments about any images in the Gallery section. If you know of any great astronomy or photography-related blogs or homepages, please contact me and I can add them to the list on the right-side of the page.

I want to improve this site and am happy to take on-board your feedback and suggestions – things you like, things you don’t like, things you’d like to see or site-related issues/problems. Contact me with your ideas! There are a few minor issues rendering the site in Internet Explorer, so please have patience while I get time to fix them. I’d recommend using Firefox as a browser, or even giving Google Chrome a try (although it’s still beta, my thoughts here).

I’d love to hear from you about anything – questions, comments or even just to say hi. Please use Contact page to send me an email.

If you like what you see here, I’d be grateful if you could add a link to MikeSalway.com.au to your sites, blogs and galleries to help people find my new personal site.

Thanks for reading!

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