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Renfence Website updates 25 July 2015

I’ve been working on the site, doing some catch up with the lessons from Term 2 at Drummoyne and Epping which I haven’t posted yet. One of the main reasons for the delay is the time it takes me to convert my brief teaching notes into detailed step by step instructions. Most of the time my drill notes will be a simple single sentence for me to remember the drill. A drill that states “Feint disengage to hit on the pass” is not in any way useful for a student to understand the actual drill. The more detailed explanation requires me to describe starting guards, and detailed actions in sequence, roughly 5 to 6 times greater wordage compared to my teaching notes. I also have to add the teaching notes which explain the subtlety of each individual action and the various mistakes that can occur, all of which make the drill information useful for remote readers.

As a part of this catch up I’ve also added a new menu group for the Spadone lessons. This menu page also has the lessons listed in order for the teaching curriculum I followed during the course. This now brings the number of teaching curricula to 3 for the site. Each of the spadone lesson posts now also has links at the bottom of the page to the lesson either side of the lesson being viewed in the program, as well as a link back to the main index page.

I’ve also removed the individual menu item lists for the Italian Rapier teaching curriculum, as I’m adding the next set of lessons. The extended menu for the individual lessons was becoming too unwieldy to use and maintain. It also reflects the shift from pages to posts for the ongoing lesson notes, which allows me to automatically post to Google + and Facebook, as well as provide the blog syndication feed used by the site. None of these notification processes work with pages, which is important for many of my readers.

Welcome to the new Renaissance Fence website

Well first post on the new WordPress platform. I’ve decided to not use gpEasy for the site moving forward, as I realised I wanted to use the site more for blogging content than I did want to use it for maintaining static pages. Don’t get me wrong, gpEasy was a fantastic tool and I highly recommend it. It’s just not the right CMS tool for what will be primarily a blogging platform.

The biggest difference I get is I can categorise and tag the blog posts, which will make searching a lot easier. This functionality was missing in gpEasy.

In the move, I’ve also made the decision to not reinstate the SCA teaching curriculum for Italian Rapier. It’s no where near complete, and we haven’t done any work on it in years. Most of the old content will return, and I’m working on getting it all in place.

So what’s prompting the move to more blogging? In a nutshell, I’m trying to write up and publish my Bolognese Swordsmanship material as how-to instruction guides for people, as well as setting up my own branch of Stoccata for concentrating on the Italian Swordsmanship teaching. Blogging will be large part of the communication strategy.

Well that’s enough from me, I’m going to get back to finishing the site migration.