After successfully reintroducing PHP into my life, by putting it into the AVCA and Random Pages, the server-side PHP/MySQL combo took center stage in EG2007. The content from dozens of HTML pages was poured into a database, to be accessed by a handful of PHP files... which made the website dynamic and easier for me to update. Front Page became the blog page, featuring archive as well as current posts. The Traffic Information System was enhanced, always giving up-to-date information on site stats or a new page, without me having to update anything by hand. Ditto for the TIS Scorecard ("how many days until..."). In August, alternating header graphics were used for the first time.
The color scheme went back to blue for '07, but held onto the mosaic look. Anyone who didn't like the bright text/ dark BG could now click on the new CONFIG button and view most pages in GrabowPedia Mode instead.
In 2007, I turned 25 years old, and I held a year-long "25 Years of Ryan G" celebration, posting monthly articles about the events in my life so far. The articles were inspired by something Video magazine used to do, posting covers and summaries from their magazine 10/15/20 years earlier (Popular Mechanics also has a section for this, and they have more than a century to draw on!). I modified this so that the January article, for example, covered all the events that happened in that month: "January 1990," "January 2004," etc. This coincided with a lot of self-discovery and a deepening of my Christian faith. When 2007 ended, I posted a wrap-up article, saying how much fun the project was.
2008 was an active year for me, though all the activity drew energy away from the website. That summer, I TV DXed, at least officially, for the last time. Analogs would be ordered off air the next February. Outside of this, the year’s big project was writing my first novel. From March until December, the writing project consumed nearly all of my free time. A page was started in July to monitor its progress, omitting almost every detail but explaining why I wasn’t working on the site or posting very much. It was a sacrifice, and it was worth it.
With the four-year mandate invoked again in 2009, the SuperHighway Shield was retired and a new concept was dreamed up for 2009-2012. I recognized that EG was turning away from the more-resource-oriented decision I’d set in 2007, and reversed the decision early in 2009. After the self-discovery of ’07 and the fulfilling writing of ’08, I decided to borrow the "High Definition" term being thrown around for television, and use it to highlight EG as a personal site that better reflects the man I am. I also abandoned the original version numbers (2001 = 1, 2008 = 8) and aligned them with my age (2009 = 27). Not only did this highlight the renewed personal-site goal, but it’s not like they weren’t gonna be double-digits soon, anyway.
The NTC branding I set up for MySpace and other sites began to merge with egrabow.com again. In July, an RSS feed was started on LiveJournal as an extention of this website's blog.
On October 8, 2009, my first novel Caffeine was released on egrabow.com. Printer-friendly and text-only formats were created in addition to the "novel format." A few months later, I began posting the book on other sites and set up a low-budget Google AdWords campaign for egrabow.com/caffeine .