This will be the last post on this blog. It took me a long time to do this, as this was my first blog, and it taught me so much. The reality is that I tried to make it both a(nother) well-followed tech blog and a personal blog at the same time. It was a doomed effort, and while some of my posts did okay for hits, they were the ones I didn’t have much fun writing and didn’t care much about. I was having to choose between readers and enjoyment, and I’m not going to make myself miserable for a few clicks.
I have been blogging a lot on tumblr recently, it’s a more social blogging site with very few metrics to obsess over. I’m posting what I want to post when I want to post it and not paying attention to who cares about it. There is no sense – at this point in my life – to blogging for anything other than fun, so I’m calling it quits here on WordPress. Thanks to the people who read here and for all the support. The new version of The Dobbs Method can be found here.
After a two-week hiatus, I’m back to blogging here on wordpress. For the last two weeks, I was checking out a free trial of Squarespace, a browser-based site management service. It was awesome, and definitely a superior product (more customization, hosting, etc.), but it lacked one thing wordpress has: the price tag of 0.
As much as I’d like to be able to justify spending $7 per month on a website, this blog draws in some readers, but no money. Maybe once I’ve got a journalism gig and I can call it self-promotion, I’ll make the upgrade, but for now wordpress has me won.
It’s been a year since my first post on this blog, and there have been a lot of changes. I went from blogger to wordpress, tech to geek, and got more personal. I started this blog simply because I liked the idea of blogging. I didn’t know what I would write about, if I would get hits or not, or what I would take away from the experience. I learned a lot.
I had a very successful post, tweeted by a well-followed account, and I continued to write similar posts until I realized I didn’t enjoy writing those and stopped altogether. When I picked it back up, I decided this blog would be whatever I wanted it to be. I told myself I wouldn’t pay attention to how many hits it was getting or write in a way that I thought would get more hits just for the purpose of bringing in readers. I still pay attention to my numbers, but I really am blogging whatever I want. It’s an extremely nice freedom to have. Maybe in the future, the things I blog about will become their own niche, or maybe they already are and I just need time to grow. Either way, I can truly say that I look forward to whatever this will become and to deepening and widening the readerbase I already have.
To the people reading this, thank you. Thanks for hearing me and listening to what I have to say. It’s not always interesting, and rarely important, but thank you for appreciating what is my voice in a vast sea of noise.
Until next time,