about the network

Hi, I’m Shawn Longino. I like to make wordpress do outlandish things and look like a fashion model while doing it, and the internet is the funnest sandbox I’ve had to play in since I was a kid. 

I put my first website together using Netscape’s HTML wizard. back around 1999. I was making and selling magic wands, and when one sold I would have to rush to edit the HTML file and upload it again, hopefully before someone else bought that wand too. Then I figured out that computers ought to be able to edit the file for me, and I discovered the language PHP and the software called osCommerce… and then when that wasn’t giving me the experience I wanted, I turned to blogging platforms.I will never be an expert in PHP, it grew faster than I can learn anymore, but I manage to work out most needs. 

Mirthfulconfusion was the url I registered on behalf of a 9-year-old girl, sixteen years ago. My how time flies. She grew up and went on to other pursuits, and the domain has been repurposed in several ways since then. It hosts a blogging network based on WordPress, and hosts the work of a small but growing group of creative types. Self-hosting wordpress means that I can offer much more functionality than the dot-com can. We are not a super-busy corner of the internet, but we can have things the way we like them. If you think you’d fit in, hollar my way