I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Leaving Tumblr

It’s been just under a year since I began tri­al­ling Tumblr as the basis of my blog. At the time I was writ­ing from Elec­tric Week­end but had been strug­gling thanks to sev­er­al events that happened at the end of 2009. In an attempt to get back in to the swing of blog­ging I’d decided to make a clean break from my first blog and start again.
For a while I pos­ted reg­u­larly but I soon fell in to a trap of con­sum­ing rather than writ­ing. Tumblr makes it very easy to find new blogs to fol­low, not a bad thing, but I found it all too easy to con­sume rather than cre­ate. How­ever, in the last month or so I’ve begun to feel that desire to cre­ate again, to write on a more reg­u­lar basis. Not only that but I wanted more con­trol, and this is the driv­ing force behind my move back to a Word­Press based site.

Control?

One of the things I used to enjoy most about my old site was the abil­ity to change things up should I feel they’ve become stale. I could more eas­ily try out new fea­tures should I come across some­thing I liked the look of. But it goes bey­ond this, I wanted more con­trol of the fun­da­ment­als of the site.
One of the things that has frus­trated me most, not neces­sar­ily with my site, but with the sites of blog­gers who use Tumblr, is the poor archives. It’s frus­trated me that I’ve not been able to find a link or an art­icle on someone’s site. It’s such a bad exper­i­ence that I began to think people, or at least some people, will have the same trouble find­ing things on my site as I’m hav­ing here.
It all boils down to the fact that I’d like to design the over­all exper­i­ence people have on my site and the only way I can do that is to move to a self-hos­ted platform.

Theme?

So hav­ing admit­ted I’d like to have more con­trol over my site, here I am using a default theme. Well the answer to that is simple. I wanted to make the move while I had the desire to write more. I’ve already wasted a month know­ing I wanted to leave Tumblr, and so rather than wait until I’d got a fully designed blog I decided to make the move now and begin tail­or­ing my site as I settle in to my new surroundings.
But not everything is run­ning without some cus­tom­isa­tion. I’ve already begun my design pro­cess with the URL’s ((Thanks to a little inspir­a­tion from Ian Hines.)) which fea­ture a more friendly sen­tence like struc­ture that I hope will grow as I devel­op the site.
You’ll also notice that com­ments are avail­able on this post. Hav­ing not had com­ments on my site for a long time I’ve begun to feel that on cer­tain posts it might be quite nice to try and foster a bit of con­ver­sa­tion, they won’t be on by default but I hope to be able to turn them on from time to time.
I’m also hop­ing to find a way to bring most of the con­tent from my Tumblr site into this one so that everything from PBcom can be archived here. But whilst all this is going on, I now feel I have a web­site where I can start to be myself again. Some­where I’m hope­ful I can get back into the flow of blog­ging reg­u­larly, with a mix­ture of long form art­icles and links. A place where I’m happy to cre­ate is far more import­ant to me than dis­cov­er­ing even more con­tent. This year I’m hop­ing to use my time more wisely, and hope­fully this move is the first step in using my online time in a more pro­duct­ive manner.

2 responses

    1. Thanks Ian I’ll take a look. The permalinks do work well and will con­tin­ue to when I add my design work to the site as well. It feels nice to be back on Word­Press and in control.

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