My nine-year-five-month project of posting Samuel Pepys’ diary entries, day-by-day, finished in May 2012. As 2013 gets going, the whole thing is rolling back to the start and beginning again.
The website has been completely rewritten, although it’s currently less complete than the previous one. All the diary entries from the previous run-through are still there but the front page and RSS feed are updating in real time again, starting with 1st January 1660.
The @samuelpepys Twitter account is also starting from the beginning. While starting the website’s diary again doesn’t involve any of the laborious work (adding thousands of hyperlinks to the text) this time round, these early tweets all need some preparation. Twitter didn’t exist when the project began (can you even imagine such a time?!) so the first few years were tweetless. But this is a less onerous task than the diary text preparation.
Tell all your friends!
(At some point I’ll write more about the rapid Christmas holiday project of extracting the website from the crusty claws of a decade-old Movable Type installation into the modern robotic hands of Django.)