I’m working on a re-design of this site – I’ve mentioned this.
What I haven’t mentioned is why, what’s involved, or how it may affect the people who have been faithfully reading for a while (and, while we’re on that – thank you if you have).
Let’s start with some history. In November of last year, I skipped National Novel Writing Month to write 50 thousand words in this blog instead. I dropped a post every weekday for the entire month, and for much of December, January, and part of February following that. In February, however, I took at job with Modern Earth Web Design, here in Winnipeg, as an Online Marketing Specialist. My blogging momentum dropped, but so did a couple of other things, including the regular posting of The Dowager Shadow, which only made it to chapter 4 as a web serial.
I had intended to continue posting daily, and working on Dowager Shadow – but job transitions are difficult, especially moving into a new K2-style learning curve as I did. So, both the blog and the novel fell off.
I want to fix both of these things.
I’ve recently written bits about making sure you don’t suck at social media, and ensuring your information architecture has integrity – the work I’m doing now follows some of my own advice. Here’s how;
My sensei and I are working on a project outside of this blog, to create an information resource for web workers. This project removes some of the pressure of currency from my blog, and will allow for some new challenges and opportunities down the road.
I’m also re-building the Dowager Shadow’s website, and working on finishing the book. More details will come on that front – but it will mean I’ll be a little quiet during November, because I’ll be participating in National Novel Writing Month (with only a limited expectation of completion).
Lastly, I’m rebuilding this website with a focus on supporting the work I’m doing at Modern Earth. It won’t be a “hire me” blog – but it will certainly be far more clear that I do, in fact, want to work with businesses on growing their presence on the web. I’ll keep you in the loop as the site is rebuilt. The aim for completion is the end of December – so it’ll be an ongoing process.
The short of it is that things are changing – and I’d rather keep you all in the loop over how, when, and what – even if I’m not quite ready to share the why – rather than springing things on you later and causing confusion.
Sometimes the plans are as important as the execution.