This blog was on hiatus from March 2011 through the end of December 2011 as a condition of my employment as the Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. This Presidential Commission, authorized by the Congress, had authority over efforts across the U.S. Government but was located within the Bureau of International Information Programs below the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. As my position was a direct hire (technically, a Schedule B) and not a political appointee, the Office of the Under Secretary had influence in my hire, including delaying it (and trying to install a person that disliked public diplomacy) as well as imposing the prerequisite that I will not blog, a violation of Department policy. (Tweeting never came up.)
With the end of Advisory Commission – a result of the Congress not reauthorizing the Commission and not defunding or seeking to shut it down – I have resurrected the blog.
With my return came a fresh look and a fresh system. Hosted on MoveableType since the blog started in November 2004, MountainRunner migrated to WordPress in December 2011. This goal was to bring new features and usability to enhance its usefulness to the reader and ease of use to me, the publisher. Along the way, the blog got a facelift.
Of course, changing systems results in some loss or broken bits. Below is a partial list of items readers may experience as a result of the migration.
- Broken links, including links to pages or websites that have moved or changed their name or are no longer available, are now automatically displayed as a link with a strike-through. For example, http://mountainrunner.us is a working link, http://mountainrunner.us/test.html is not. Many links within the blog to pages in the blog are broken for the reason described below. I am working to fix these internal links and to resolve links to pages outside the blog that are broken.
- Links to the site from the outside may be broken. The platform the blog is now on, WordPress, uses a directory as a destination not an html page. For example, on the previous blog, the about page would have been http://mountainrunner.us/about.html but now it is http://mountainrunner.us/about/
- The Facebook Likes and similar social media stats have been reset as a result of the new URL format. The impact is old posts no longer show the Facebook Likes, while they may still exist in Facebook.
If you have any questions or encounter other problems, don’t hesitate to email me.