Site Migration Progress

A few days back, I wrote about how I wanted to change up the 3 sites I have. In between client work, I’ve made good progress with the first 2 steps.

I’ve moved my blog away from the awesome Ghost platform because I wanted to tinker more, and do things with this site that either aren’t possible with Ghost yet, or might never be.

When the API is public (and not read-only) & Apps are possible, I’d like to move this blog back there.

Next on the list is the Cross Stroke site. I’ve had this designed for months, and it’s mostly built but I’m suffering the usual self-branding woes and don’t like it anymore. Fortunately, I can’t remember the last time I for work directly from the website1, so I’ll probbaly just finish it and go live with it. It’s a good oportunity to get feedback from everyone and iterate. Maybe it’ll turn into something I like?

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  1. All of my work comes from old and current clients recommending me to friends, and people I’ve met in person.

Everything In Its Right Place

Yes, the title comes from a Radiohead song. I was listening to it as I wrote this.

One of the issues I’ve faced in the past few months when wanting to post thins on this blog, is what belongs where? I now have a new company website, which I’m slowly redesigning, and that includes a blog. Where would a web development post go? In the past, it would go here because it’s the only place I had to put things. Now, they would go on the Cross Stroke blog. 1

I have a plan that will hopefully clear everything up. It involved a few new sites, that I’d hope to push live all at the same time.

  1. Re-ignite my old pauladamdavis.com domain, and use that as a gateway to this blog, my company, events, projects, contact info, and link to anywhere I exist on the internet. It won’t have a blog.
  2. Move any development-related posts from this blog to the CS blog. This frees this blog to be about things I want to write about – my personal blog shouldn’t be a business. 2
  3. Keep the Cross Stroke site focused on work. I’m moving away from the one age design in favour of more detailed pages. It means I can focus on my work in a place that’s meant for it. If I were to talk about client projects here, you’d all get pretty pissed.

My hope is that having a blog no-longer focused on work, I can write more about cars, opinions, music, holidays, my progress on gaining 60lbs in weight and what Hayley & I going through as we plan or wedding and save to buy a house.

It’s also a good excuse to design some things and play around with some new stuff I’d shy away from for client work in fear of taking too long. I’m not setting a timeline because I know I’ll miss, but I would like to have it all done in a couple months. I’ll tackle the list in order.

  1. I have several posts written there, ready for when it goes live. Who wants to publish an empty blog these days‽

  2. I’ve decided to keep my gateway site and the blog separate, because short URLs are nice, and keeps it focused.