The Epic Almost Epic Merge!

As of today, Almost Epic has a little bit of a different look and feel than in the past. This is due to my recent decision to merge both this site with my personal blog formerly located at joseph.almostepic.net.

As a blog and web community, Almost Epic was initially conceived to be an open community of like-minded individuals that could share and collaborate and “geek out” about the things they were passionate about. They could do it here rather than on social media where their friends and family might ignore them or even outright leave hateful comments about how silly they were being. But while a handful of close friends and family members joined the site, the forums and other social elements remained a ghost town. Meanwhile, I was also having fun launching my personal blog on a sub-domain of the site. I had always kept journals and personal blogs in the past and while I was focusing on real life and launching Almost Epic, I felt like that personal outlet of expression had fallen by the wayside. When I started writing on that blog too, something interesting happened. People seemed to take a greater interest in what I had to say outside of my more traditionally-written reviews, articles, and opinion pieces here on Almost Epic. They also participated in my “Q&A” page, that site’s one and only feature made for social engagement.

So as of today, I’ve made the decision to roll Almost Epic into one website located centrally here on the AlmostEpic.net domain. Obviously that necessitated a little bit of a restructuring from the Almost Epic some visitors may already be used to. Normally in times such as these, I would direct you to the Almost Epic Changelog to see what has changed or been updated, but this is a change that required far more explanation rather than simple technical notes. Instead, you can find a list of notes below that will explain everything that has been changed here on Almost Epic.

Domains

Everything from both joseph.almostepic.net (my personal blog) and almostepic.net will now be centrally located here on AlmostEpic.net. This will not only make it easier for me to manage everything from one website and WordPress installation, but it will also make it easier for anyone who might only know that my websites have AlmostEpic.net located somewhere in the address. Effective immediately, you’ll just be able to find everything here.

In about a month or so, I’ll start shutting down joseph.almostepic.net and that sub-domain will start directing visitors to this site instead. With the unfortunate exception of that site’s Q&A page, everything should already have been successfully transferred over here.

The Blog

Visitors who might be coming to Almost Epic specifically looking for my articles, reviews, and opinion pieces about movies, TV, music, video games, comic books and a whole host of other topics will still find them on the blog. However, as the site has mostly served as a place for me to write about the topics that I’ve been interested in, readers will find that it is also transitioning into a more personal space where my life and personal blog updates will be sprinkled in as well.

If you’re confused because you’re only here for an article on a movie or you’re a friend who’s looking to see what’s up with me lately, there’s no need to worry: Categories have already been updated to reflect what you’re looking for so you can filter things out if necessary. If you’re here for personal blog updates, you’ll want to check out “Personal” and if you’re only here for my articles and reviews, you’ll want to stick to “Features.” When hovering over the “Blog” link in the main menu, a drop-down will now allow you to choose one or the other as well.

Community & Social Elements

Community and social features aren’t going away and everyone is still welcome to sign up for an Almost Epic account. Registering for an account is still 100% free and will provide you with your own profile page, activity stream, friends list, user groups, private messaging, web docs and file storage, and much more. You’ll also get access to the forums and our real-time messaging channel on Slack.

All users will also immediately get Contributor access to the blog upon registration, which allows them to craft original blog entries of their own. Even though I’m the only one who has ever written anything original on this blog since its inception back in April and I suspect that this will continue to be the case as it transitions to being more my own website, this access will be important for anyone who might ever want to publish any guest posts.

Unfortunately there were issues importing the Q&A page from my personal blog over here to Almost Epic. This means that any existing questions and answers will eventually be wiped out in about a month when that site goes offline and starts redirecting to this one. If there are any questions, answers, or messages that you don’t want to lose located there, please be sure to save or archive them yourself before I take the site down. In its place, a new Q&A topic has been established in the forums! This will make the Q&A idea even better as users will be able to register for their own accounts here as well as ask each other questions and get to know one another rather than just me! And for more savvy internet users, think of it as Reddit’s “AMA” subreddit.

The Site Admin and Help Desk accounts have also been removed. These were established as additional accounts in the event that I needed additional team members. Since that never happened and it’s just me, there’s no point in having extra administrator accounts. You can just send any questions, comments, concerns, feedback, or requests for help with issues to me @joe or via email at joe@almostepic.net.

Social Media

The Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts that were established for Almost Epic as a community have been shut down. As Almost Epic transforms more into my own personal site, the links from Almost Epic to social media profiles will instead point to my own accounts.

I apologize if losing these accounts on your social media profiles causes any inconvenience!

Meta

Categories, tags, topics, forums, slugs, links and many other “meta” elements of Almost Epic will continue to evolve as the two websites and their individual posts, comments, plugins, tools and other elements start gelling together into one mega-site. The main menu at the top of the site will also be heavily retooled to help different types of users navigate to where they want to go more efficiently. If you’re feeling a little lost or overwhelmed, please let me know how I can improve it to help!

Nitty Gritty

A variety of smaller details have also been updated in the wake of these changes. The front page features some slightly reworked descriptions and the hero image/header from my personal blog’s old theme has been transferred over here, the “About” page has been completely rewritten to incorporate information from both websites, the website’s global font has been changed from Roboto Condensed to the theme default for easier reading, many redundant or duplicate categories from both sites have been condensed into one, the main menu features more drop-downs when hovering to include the most relevant links, BuddyPress and other core plugins have been updated to their most recent versions, and much more.

 

Last but not least, if you’re still reading this and you’re here and you’re interested in what’s going on, I want to thank you personally. It has meant a lot that there are a handful of you out there that try to be supportive no matter what my web project of the moment is. No matter what is going on or how much the site’s mission may have changed, you’ll still be able to find me and figure out what’s going on here at Almost Epic!

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