December is known as the “Blogging for Benjamin”month at WooThemes. An initiative of Daniel Espinoza, one of our talented WooCommerce support ninjas, encouraging our team to represent WooThemes better through our personal publishing, and more importantly develop our writing and communication skills. The blogger with the most posts at the end of the month is the winner of a Benjamin (a $100 note).
My blog has been a ghost town for the past couple years and this initiative has really got me thinking about attempting to re-ignite my previous passion for blogging, All the while I’m very weary of over committing having a long and winding road with this site that started way back in October 2005. A post about a VOIP product called Skype and how I’d been experimenting with it on an internet connection of 90kbps.
Back then I was oblivious of where this website would take me – on a journey of WordPress & web design learning, audience building and client finding. As well as the relationships it helped shape through their simple beginnings as comment discussions on blog posts – the most notable connection being with my WooThemes business partners.
We are so swayed by new publishing platforms offering slightly simpler, sexier, faster technologies and content strategies helping you build an audience bigger or faster. This WordPress website though is a memory bank of past personal experiences, a time capsule of certain internet milestones, and a tangible reference point of my maturity in business and as a writer.
This site is over 8 years old, I own my content outright and have complete flexibility to customize every aspect of it. I’ve re-designed it about 5 times and enjoy regularly giving it a spring clean. This site will be around for as long as I want it to be. Think about all of this before contemplating a move from WordPress. Think about your online legacy and how much control you have over it.