4 November 2017 - This morning I unpointed the Donations page from the site navigation. At this point in time, I'm planning to permanently take down this website before the end of 2018. I'm beginning to compose a mail-to-all email to holders of MyRainbowArk.com accounts to take measures to move or print their email data before the end of summer 2018.
22 October 2017 - Still thinking about the future of RA and MyRA, but nothing will change before the end of the year, and I'll give at least a 6-month notice for those with email accounts to make other arrangements. The greatest threat to all of us beyond anything MyRA has historically stood for is the current Trump administration. Until he is removed from office, I can use the infrastructure we have in place to do our part in the Resistance. Please stay tuned for more information regarding this.
15 October 2017 - We're close to ending the 2nd year in a row without a new donation for webhosting. By now, I was going to have the pages reworked to be mobile friendly through some info I'd collected in a Lynda.com training course on html. I no longer have the motivation. Thinking seriously of repurposing the website since member interest seems to have dropped off and I'm now an atheist and don't really know how much of an ally I am anymore to religious members. I have some hard decisions in the next few months.
1 July 2017 - Added 'per month' information to the LiveJournal stats page found in a link just above here, and added navigation to the bottom of each page so the viewer can look back through the other months to December 2016.
7 March 2017 - Updated the look of the Site Map somewhat.
31 December 2016 - Just finished augmenting copyright dates from 2016 to 2017 throughout the site. For the first time since 2010, there a negative balance being carried over to a new year in our Donations. It's a little disheartening.
7 September 2016 - For "Crossing Paths" added Georgia as a second font choice in displaying the years for PCs/mobile devices which do not have either Viner Hand ITC (oldest years) or Arial Rounded MT (newest years) available.
31 August 2016 - Just finished disabling all of the section links on the previous home pages to eliminate 404 errors. These pages have been kept purely for historical/artistic reasons :) Last night switched to a new style "top journals stats" which incorporates our triad (of furry, lgbt+, and religious) into one list of 20 top journals, instead of trying to keep 3 separate lists. This was necessary because the furry communities have failed at a faster rate than the other two. The main goal is still to provide links to other LiveJournal communities with pertinent interests for our users.
20 August 2016 - Just switched over to the new home page a couple of minutes ago.
16 August 2016 - Got a slightly new look for the long scroll on Crossing Paths. I mainly fiddled with the fonts and colors for the years in the left column.
14 August 2016 - I'm just about ready to unveil the new (and possibly final ever) home page. I'm down to nit-picky details now. I got it looking identical in IE, Firefox, and Chrome, and the same format also works decently on a smartphone. I've finally ditched the elaborate hover A-B image code by Mr. Bevan, and went for simple text hover navigation to eliminate any load time. I'm pretty proud of the way it's looking--I've learned so much about how to put together a home page over the years, and I cringe now at my early creations. :)
28 July 2016 - Our LiveJournal has undergone an unprecedented 16 consecutive days improvement in community rating each day over the last and is now at #708. It is now within just 70 of being at a straight social capital of 10. More entries, more comments, and an increase in RSS subscriptions seem to be the main contributors.
7 July 2016 - For perhaps a brief moment in time, nevertheless at present, rainbow_ark LiveJournal is the #1 rated LGBTIQQAA community among all the rest. We're currently at #810. The others near the top are as follows in order: ftm, asexuality, ah_gayfiction, gsa_lj, mtf, transgender, and ftmgaragesale.
1 July 2016 - I splurged today and made our lj rainbow_ark a "paid" journal for a year. I'm self funding apart from our donations. It seemed worth it since our lj has climbed the ratings rather steeply in the last several months. And it's not just through displacement of nearby dying journals because we're a lot closer to a straight social capital of 10 than we were before. With this we lose the ads for visitors, I get the stats back, and it's supposedly a little faster browsing and uploading. I'm not planning on more than just the year, but we'll see where all of LiveJournal is by next July.
1 May 2016 - Added a link to rainbow_ark LiveJournal stats of our community rating and that of comparable communities. It will be updated monthly. The link is the "paw" at the top of the right column above.
28 April 2016 - Just repaired the "Back" buttons in the footers of the secondary gallery pages.
17 April 2016 - Added entries in Crossing Paths for the years: 1852, 1869, 1916, and precise dates for 3 additional existing entries.
11 April 2016 - Added entries in Crossing Paths for the years: 1533, 1551, 1566, 1596.
10 April 2016 - Added entries in Crossing Paths for the years: 41, 91, 651, 1073, 1212, 1292, 1889, and a precise date for existing entry in 1424.
9 April 2016 - Ask Papabear has been added to our Resources page. It's basically a furry advice column hosted by a very helpful bear!