It’s been years since I’ve had anything close to resembling an actual blog. I used to be on Movable Type, then WordPress, then Tumblr, and then – like a lot of other folks who came up on the web at the same time – started using about 100 different social media channels.
Own your content and keep it on a platform that YOU can control. Think about who is making money off your content and how and make decisions accordingly.Heidi MacDonald, The Beat
Owning your content is something I used to tell my students all the time when they asked me about how to utilize social media as up-and-coming graphic designers. Being able to control the message and refer back to past work is clutch. I realized I need to take own advice.
It’s not always reactionary to dig up an old tool and use it for alternative communications. Sometimes it’s a little bit seditionary. Sometimes it’s just the warm smile of receiving a letter that isn’t a bill.Warren Ellis, Orbital Operations
WordPress is still a great tool. At Rocketkoi, we develop websites with it, including quite a few that go far beyond just ‘blogging.’ But I wanted to take it back to its roots, while also creating a better connection to the various projects and networks that I’m a part of.
I’m looking to evolve how I’m thinking about self-promotion, cross-promotion, and other items that usually trip me up. Now isn’t the time to dive into new technologies, because I know I’ll end up down rabbit holes and not get anything done. To avoid that, I’m starting with my usual toolset:
- Sketch for designing
- WordPress for the core functionality
- The Genesis Framework from Studiopress for theming
- Local by Flywheel for local WordPress development
- Codekit for code compiling and optimization
- Atom for writing code.
- Lots of Sharpies and scrap paper.
In the spirit of Frank Chimero, I’m going to be documenting this redesign process. It’ll help me get used to writing more, let me think out loud, and share some thoughts about what goes into this type of project.
I don’t teach anymore, so I’ve got to process these thoughts somehow.