Already a few of you have noticed a slight change in the URL structure here on my blog (stalkers…!) – yes, TentBlogger.com is officially retired and I’m now using what was once my personal landing / branding page as my blog instead.
I foreshadowed this change here in this post and it’s part of a series of changes that should occur over the next few months including a sweet design change, which I’m really quite excited about.
All traffic should be successfully re-routed and 301’d to the right place but if you see anything missing or out of line then please let me know and I’ll do my best to fix it.
For those that have been with me the longest you know that I make dramatic shifts like this every once in a while and I’m so thankful you’ve stuck around as long as you have – it means a great deal to me that you still find value in the things that I write and you can rest assured that I will never change that aspect of my online publishing.
When I first launched TB in September of 2010 I was embarking on an experiment of becoming a full-time blogger. I was able to accomplish that goal, as it’s typically understood, and make a decent yearly income from my efforts.
But it was ultimately not for me. I like building digital products, experimenting with software, and being an explorer of digital environments in addition to startups, entrepreneurship, and coaching. I enjoy writing about my daily adventures but I did not enjoy having a large portion of my income stem from it. It just didn’t make sense for me and it didn’t feel right – I can’t explain it anymore than that.
And so overtime my original plan became less attractive and I knew, starting even as far as a year or so ago, that it wasn’t going to last forever. But where to go? What URL should I use?
I have said before that I strongly suggest not using you own proper name as your blog as it gives you much more freedom with your content from a business perspective and I still believe this is a good route to choose (although you should definitely own your own proper name URL(s)).
I actually had another domain ready to be used for this change but some very significant changes in my life prompted me to seriously reconsider. To make a long story very, very short I opted to go with www.john.do for now. I may change this up but for now it’ll do just fine and in many ways it makes the most sense for where I am today.
What You Can Expect
There’s really nothing much more that has changed other than a URL swap fuctionally-speaking. I’ll be writing every single day as I have been for the past 12 years or so and you can digest it in both RSS format or via an Email Subscription. For those that have subscribed previously you shouldn’t have any interruption in your delivery as I’ve made those changes for the transition. I’m still using Feedburner and until Google kills it off I still like the service.
For those interested, here’s an updated digital colophon:
- Feedburner – I use this for RSS and Email subscriptions.
- Standard Theme – I’m now using the most updated version of Standard Theme for WordPress. This product keeps getting better and better. It’s truly the WordPress Theme for publishers.
- MediaTemple – This blog is temporarily hosted on a MediaTemple box as I work through a future hosting system that my team is building called eve.
- Plugins – I’m using the following WordPress plugins: Akismet, Jetpack, Single Post Message, SyntaxHighlighterEvolved, TablePress, WordPress SEO, WP Audio Player, WP Super Cache. This is the lightest I’ve ever been and it feels great.
Also, I’ve changed up my About Page as well as created a new Goodies Page that’ll highlight some of the things that I’ve created that you might found exceptionally valuable and useful. In addition, I’ve created two new pages, Coaching and Speaking that I hope grow a bit this year as those are increasing interests and passions of mine.
A New Goal
Finally, something that I’m sharing publicly for the first time is my intent on heading in a direction that will hopefully end up with me becoming a venture capitalist.
I’ve shared this in select and private circles before but I want to make it known publicly so that I can create even more accountability as well as begin to share my interest and pursuit.
I am an entrepreneur and it’s great. I will always be and do that. I have raised angel and venture capital. Frustrating and exciting, it’s been a neat ride. Heck, I’ve even done crowd funding, although it almost killed me. I’ve been an angel as well.
But I’d like to take a peek on the other side – I’d like to become a venture capitalist, not in the near future and it may take another 10 years or so, but it’s what I see as a convergence of a number of my interests and skills. I’m not looking to rush into it but rather keep my sights set on it as a long-term opportunity.
I hope it works out because it would be an incredible amount of fun.
And that about wraps up this post. I’m excited about what the future holds and the best part about it all is that most of it is mystery.