Ever since Pres. Nelson’s talk last year about re-emphasizing the proper name of the Church, I have wondered about whether to rename this blog and, if so, to what. I don’t post here terribly often, and I don’t get a lot of traffic here, so I wondered if it was worth the effort.
Earlier this month, listening to General Conference, I decided it was. And then I thought of a great new name of the blog: Adventures in Restoration.
To be honest, I like that better than the old name. Not only does it broaden the scope (to include other ‘Restoration churches’ descending from Joseph Smith, the First Vision, and the Book of Mormon), but it reflects recent statements by Latter-day Saint leaders that “the Restoration is still going on.” In particular, it ties well into Pres. Russell M. Nelson’s comments made last year:
If you think the Church has been fully restored, you’re just seeing the beginning. . . . Wait till next year, and then the next year. Eat your vitamin pills. Get some rest. It’s going to be exciting.
Buckle up, indeed.
P.S. On the other hand, it’s not a simple matter to change the actual domain name for the entire website, ensure that all links update properly, etc. That will probably take me a few more weeks.
A little while ago, I was checking traffic to another one of my blogs and saw that for one visit coming in, the referring page was from this blog. Curious, I dug into the details and saw that the referring post was one of the oldest on this blog, and that it was attempting to find another post on this blog. The problem was that when I first set up this blog, it used a subdomain of brucefwebster.com/aim rather than its own domain. Apparently, when I set up the separate adventures-in-mormonism.com domain and moved the blog over, I failed up modify any of the links among AIM posts that already existed. So for, oh, five years or so, they’ve been sending people to non-existent pages over at brucefwebster.com. Not sure how I missed that before now. I just went through and manually edited all the posts with the outdated links.
UPDATE [1810 MDT] — Further searching found that there are some external websites that link to the old brucefwebster.com/aim pages. I tried doing some .htaccess rule writing of my own, but couldn’t get it to work. So I found a WordPress plugin (Safe Redirect Manager) that worked with my first attempt. This means that if there are any outdated links still lurking in my own posts as well, they’ll get automatically redirected. ..bruce..