Today Is The First Day​​

Reflections on the first day of 2019 by Mitch Santell

Here you are, and here we are in 2019. It is the first day of the new year, and I must tell you what an amazing and transitional time this is. AfterHollywood.Online started as an idea on a napkin in December of 2017 and was launched here at WordPress back in January of 2018. If you have followed me here at AfterHollywood.Online for a while now, you know that I cover a wide variety of topics.

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Yes, I come from a famous old-school Hollywood family. We originally immigrated from Poland to New York in 1899, ended up moving to San Francisco in 1900 where my Grandfather, Martin Santell was born followed by the 1906 Earthquake which forced both my Grandfather and my Great Uncle Alfred Santell to re-locate from San Francisco down to Santa Monica California. Now, I am not a famous person. However, I have worked with a lot of famous people which keeps me humble and also has allowed me to live a much happier life than those I have either produced, raised capital or provided strategy for.

Thank you so much for reading this blog and a special thank you to all my readers and followers.

AfterHollywood.Online has been a labor of love, a beautiful place to vent and a safe place to explore new ideas. Think about how the internet has changed and shifted. New Year’s Eve was a trip because my wife was able to call a close dear girlfriend of her’s who lives in Greece right now. The call was made on a cheap smartphone and worked as promised.

I’ll be renewing my domain name and this blog in the next a few days. There is a real obsession that I have with the interface of the software that runs AfterHollywood.Online

Right now I am on WordPress. There is a reasonable probability that I’ll stay with WordPress for the next year. The biggest challenge I have with the blog is in two areas.

The first area is WordPress’s new editor. The bottom line for me? I Don’t like it. It interferes with my writing, I have to convert formatted text to plain text and then pop it in here.

WordPress is a powerful blogging system, and there are many companies out there that use it for substantial commercial websites. 

As long as I can continue to use WordPress’s classic editor, I’ll keep posting. Please note that I openly invite any of you out there who use WordPress to email me directly at mitch at afterhollywood dot online with your own insights on the new editor.

Now, since I’ll be looking at other platforms while I continue to blog here, I’ll share with you my ideas here.

The second area for me right now is social media. With such mixed feelings about it, I’ll have to see how social media plays out for me in 2019. FaceBook? Oh yeah, I dumped that service in 2018. While I continue here at WordPress, re-post on Linked-In and push through my postings on Twitter, I actually think there is more we can do through direct contact.

Over at my streaming radio station, Big Reggae Mix, we continue to push our social media feed because we are a music station and in that situation, you need social media. Let me know how things go for you this year with all of these transformational changes.

What is my take on all of this? The only thing that will remain constant in 2019 is change.

We speak into reality what we wish to create so remember the weight of the words you use this year.

Peace. Shalom. Love. Gratitude, Blessed. Ready, set, it’s here!

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