Since August 27, 2007, I’ve been chained to my very “How To” centric blog. For 5 years, 8 months, and 21 days 90% of my content has been about how to help others “do things” with code. The other 10% have been rants or raves about geeky-web-designer stuff.
That ends today. I have completely wiped the database and done a fresh install of WordPress.
You see, the purpose of this blog was to make money via referral links to products I use like MailChimp, Hostgator, and Genesis.
In order to generate enough traffic to make a sale, I would write about “How to do XYZ with ABC code” in hopes that it would generate sales leads to my freelancing business.
Now that I’m working at WebDevStudios, I no longer need to concentrate on referrals or lead generation. Instead, I can use my domain name as I see fit. Because, God forbid I write about my wife, kid, or crazy dogs…on a “tech blog”!
It wasn’t uncommon to lose four or five RSS subscribers every time I published anything other than code.
This is what traffic here usually looks like:
- USER TYPES INTO GOOGLE, “genesis code snippets”
- USER CLICKS ON MY POST “Genesis Code Snippets”
- USER FINDS OUT HOW TO REMOVE THE THING FROM THE THINGY
- USER CLOSES MY SITE NEVER TO RETURN
Enough is enough. I don’t want to be held hostage by this blog. I don’t want to maintain several social media accounts. I almost signed up for a Tumblr account damnit! Why? When I can live my life online, all here, using custom post formats.
Bottom line: I want to “own my own data”. That starts with taking back my domain name.
- Yes, I will continue to share and maintain code snippets – but those are going to move to GitHub.
- Yes, I will probably re-write the top 5 posts from the old site (they’re due for a refresh anyway). Those include: Genesis Code Snippets, Install LAMP on Ubuntu, The Perfect APC Configuration, and Edit Genesis Footer.
- Yes, you will see pictures of my family, dogs, camper, deer stand, and all the different beers I drink.
- “But Greg! What about all the money from referrals??!!?!” Listen Scrooge McDuck, $15-$25 a month wasn’t exactly “payin’ the bills” ya know?
Thanks for following.
Good for you.
all the best.. 🙂
As a Belgian I would love to read more of your posts on beer 🙂