The change is so subtle that you probably didn’t even notice that the address bar or location line now reads https://ferrelljenkins.blog/.
Anyone who can spell Will Ferrell and Florence Foster Jenkins can handle ferrelljenkins.
Our first post was dated May 2, 2007. This is now our 1984th post. Admittedly some of the posts are insignificant (like this one). But I think that many of the posts continue to be helpful to Bible students and teachers who are searching for information, and photos, of Bible lands and customs.
You may ask, “Why did you change the domain, and if it is important why did you not do it sooner.” Here are a few reasons. This blog has been hosted free of charge by WordPress all these years. For a long time there were no advertisements appearing with the blog, but lately that has changed. I can’t blame WordPress. The company wants to make a profit. To do so they sell services including ads for the blogs they host. Sometimes these ads showed up in the right column. Others showed up at the bottom of a post. I noticed them especially when searching for a particular subject such as Bethlehem or shepherds (just examples). Some ads were innocuous, but others promoted viewpoints that I do not hold or approve.
WordPress has been peppering me with Emails advertising new URL’s. The hundreds of photos that have appeared here and the tremendous cost to procure them have been covered exclusively by me. It is true that I do license a few photos for various publishers, but this would not pay for my flight from Tampa to New York, let along to Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, or Greece, to mention a few of the places we have traveled to study and make photos.
No complaint. I consider this work part of my service to the LORD and His servants who want to enhance their understanding of the Bible.
Those who have followed the blog for any length of time have undoubtedly noticed that my posts have been few and far between in the past two or three years. This is due to some health issues in my family. Often I prepare photos for presentation but never get around to writing the information to accompany them. Not promising, but I do hope to do better in the months to come.
Many thanks to our faithful readers. Will you do me a favor? Send an Email to a few friends and encourage them to follow this blog. This means they will be notified each time we post something. The blank to fill in to be added to the list is near the top of the right column.
By the way, if you have a link or bookmark to the old URL it will still work, but change it for future use.
Ferrell, hi… Very interesting post– to me, at least, as a fellow keeper of a web-log (I’ve always hated the “b” word). I too have been getting frequent upgrade promos from WordPress, but no ads have appeared as yet. Probably their algorithm will catch up with me sooner or later– you’re at least 3 years and probably several thousand followers ahead of me! (I’ve also been getting a flurry of bogus-looking new “followers” lately using WordPress.com email addresses– have you noticed those?) Anyway, I don’t know if congratulations are in order on your new domain name, since it was basically forced on you– but keep up the good work!
TOM POWERS / Waynesville, NC