I am pretty excited to know that I am almost finished with my 32 hour work weeks at the grocery store. At least, for the time being and everything continues to go well with freelancing. The grocery store will serve as a crutch in case things in the freelancing world cave in. This past week, I published an interview on BloggerTalks.com with Steve Hodson, published a great post that was welcomely received by the Performancing community called 7 Tips On Building Relationships Through Blogging, produced a fun open mic edition of Perfcast and to top it all off, produced an hour and a half WordPress Weekly with Jane Wells were we covered a ton of ground related to WordPress 2.7.
WordPress 2.7 Beta 1 is out and ready for the publics consumption. November 10th looks like the date for a release candidate while the end of November is aimed for the actual release of 2.7. I am going to bite the bullet and work on getting my content from my Jeffc.me domain and the content on Jeffro2pt0 back into one file and then import that into a new installation of WordPress, that being 2.7 beta 1. Then, I’m going to work on slimming down the theme and installing one plugin at a time and get back to the basics.
One of the subtle changes I am going to make is to remove the FeedBurner graphic. I was having a discussion with Andrew Rickmann on the WordPress Weekly after show and I was talking to him about going back to the basics and how I am getting to the point of doing things my way instead of the popular (what the rest of the blogosphere is doing) way. So, I’ll remove the graphic because I don’t care to see it everyday. I’ll check in from time to time but it is not a priority for me anymore. My priority is to clean this place up, highlight my freelancing work and then publish content on a regular basis by treating this blog as if it was my Tumblr account. That means, publishing links to articles that interest me, sometimes I’ll write a long form article, opinionated pieces, bits of my personal life, random thoughts, etc.
I just feel that it is time for me to reclaim this blog as my own and no one else’s. While I enjoy writing content for people, I always enjoy writing content for myself and getting my thoughts from my head, out into the open. I want to get back to the point in time of where I can freely express myself without thinking about the boundaries I have placed on this blog by writing for others.
Will I still talk about WordPress and Web 2.0 and all that other stuff? Of course I will, as I see fit, but don’t expect this site to be an authoritative figure in any subject. I want to converse with people and discuss things, concepts, ideas, whatever. So, that will be the focus of the site after I have reformatted it. Along with the reformat, I plan on doing a redesign but it will not be anything drastic. I’m tired of spending 17 hours each time I redesign the site. I’ve always been a fan of forests and so, that is the theme I am going to head towards with the redesign.
For those that will continue to ride the train of life and blogging with me, its time to move on to the next stop. For everyone else, you can get off here. But don’t forget to send me a postcard :)
3 thoughts on “What A Busy Week”
Good working week! I love it when I’m productive and you’ve had an awesome week.
How are you seeing the effect of podcasts on visitors to your site?
Yeah, I’ve seen that they’ve done some restructuring over at Performancing. I think it is nice to put someone new at the helm — Ryan just didn’t seem to be invested in Performancing’s future as much as I would have liked. The site seemed to suffer because of it. Too busy with PopCrunch or whatever else it is he was working on. That is part of the reason I didn’t want to be there, and simply gave up on the site.
Hopefully the changes will result in the things happening that we were promised. Maybe a new site design would still come, and you can help bring in a ton of new readers!
But things are very bad for commercial blogging. At CMSWire, even though we’re reaching record numbers all across the boards (subscribers, visitors, newsletter subscribers, etc…), advertisers are very reluctant to jump on.
Unfortunately, I don’t see things ever being as good for blogging revenue as it was. I don’t think anything with regards to internet advertising has as much potential as it did before.
It really does suck because I was considering starting a blog about mobile technology and hiring a few people, but I’m not really confident in doing that now after the financial disaster.
But yeah, would be nice for you to get back to blogging about the stuff you care about. I really wish I could find the time and motivation to do so on a regular basis.
Oh well, life goes on.
I’m nervous but waiting anxiously for the new release. It’ll be quite interesting.