There’s been a series of changes to Golden Age of Gaia blog. For instance, the theme change, and adjustments made to the way the content is delivered by the email and RSS feeds. Our content is still here, but it’s arranged differently in some cases, and the methods of accessing it are a bit different too.
Behind the curtain has been a truly insane expansion of tasks taken on by each team member, with us bringing on new lovers to write content, with building a new radio platform, and with bringing on volunteers to assist with the many ways we’re upgrading the massive content of information this blog represents. There’s new people come to help us with our Golden Age of Gaia Facebook page and the First Contact wiki too.
There’s a new community forum housed in our own domain (1), and other creations like a community marketplace in the works too. It’s a never-ending flurry of activity, creating, re-creating, and building. We keep on making more ways to open a portal access both to and from the Lightworker community.
It’s been a challenge to take in all the necessary details to make the moves into such growth possible. I’m not all that technically savvy, and by nature I’m not inclined to be delighted by paying attention to such details either. I do this only because I need to in order to understand what’s in the best interests of the blog, in order to support its growth and sustainability into the future, and in order to bring to life those services that community has been asking us to create and implement for years.
The decision-making process that goes into producing growth and change in ways that support us into the future isn’t visible. We give major consideration to the messages we get from Archangel Michael, and from others from the Company of Heaven concerning the raising of the bar of our awareness to the balance and flow of energies among us.
This attention to balance and flow applies to those energies among our teams, and it applies to those energies between these teams and our readers and listeners.
We’re asked to pay attention to Divine principles and how these principles work in all we say and do. The ways we interact are important, we’re told. This information has been the driving force behind our current focusing intensely on what we do and why.
What isn’t known to our readers, and therefore isn’t understood, is that a significant portion of the changes we’ve implemented in our delivery of RSS and newsletter feed, along with changes to details like email and print buttons, has been changed due to outdated software that needed to be removed. Much of what used to be done in these areas and more, were done with the assistance of WordPress ‘plug-ins’ that are now defunct, non-functional, kaput.
These plug-ins were third-party creations, not created by WordPress. The people that created them didn’t support them over time, so they failed to continue to function in tandem with WordPress and how its evolution in terms of technology is proceeding.
Even more important is the fact that using third-party software like this gives this third-party access to our data. This data includes the data you share with us in order to make such deliveries of feeds to you possible, and our concern is to protect us all as much as possible.
Our old WordPress theme used to operate with over 50 plugins. The majority of these had to be removed, as some of them were simply failing to function, and overall, the sheer number of them we had were making the website crash as well.
It isn’t as if we removed them to annoy those of us who are uncomfortable with change. We simply had no choice. So, some of the changes you see are due to this necessity to remove the deadwood these plug-ins represented in our system.
I want to honor those of our readers who are feeling these growing pains and changes. It’s uncomfortable to have to learn a new way to get to the content and functions we used to have, and some folks want them to be in exactly the same way as we used to have them.
We still have the same functions for the most part. Please visit our FAQ page to answer your questions about any of this. We continue to update it, so check in often.
The decision to go to excerpted versions in the RSS and newsletter feeds was made based on our limited ability to know more about the interests of the community we serve.
Feeds delivered to readers are a courtesy. The full content that used to be delivered by RSS and newsletter is the equivalent of a one-way street where information flows out only, without the way for this information to flow back to us. Also, feeds don’t contain our entire content, but only deliver a portion of it. To get the ‘full Monty’ one must visit the blog website directly anyway.
In order for us to have the information we need to better serve and to grow, this exchange of energy and information has to flow both ways. In our determination to continue with our service, and in order to steadily increase what we offer, this balance of energy has to be present. The flow of give and take must be present. Unless it is, we’re dead in the water, the sails on this ship are without the wind required to drive us into the future.
I hear those who are having discomfort with having to click a couple of times to show their interest, which is what allows us to know what that interest is. In order to follow our ‘marching orders’ from our Sources, and in order to use the technology we have to monitor how we’re doing, this version of our courtesy feeds in excerpts are a necessity which will be continued.
We’re as busy as we can possibly be with creating more to serve our community better. The information we need to know to continue this is available by way of the existing technologies, but only if the readers are willing to click the links that interest them.
It’s been so long since I was a growing child, I’ve forgotten the about the growing pains associated with becoming the adult I am now. I find it so interesting that this is now being mirrored in this instance of needing to click a link instead of simply having the full content of articles delivered.
I think we need not find change to be so difficult. We are ourselves the agents of change. It’s what we’ve come so far to attend to.
(1) We’re in the process of setting it up now and it will be announced as soon as it’s ready for launch.