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If you have made it to this point in your quest to find a new blog post from me, then you can consider your quest to be complete. For those of you not on a quest to find a new post from me, this post still applies to you too.

Welcome to UXD with Wessty, the new home of my ramblings about user experience development (UXD) and anything else I feel like posting about. I say new home, because I have been maintaining another blog for almost two years now that I call Digital Thoughts, which is officially being put on the shelf for UXD with Wessty. This post is going to talk a bit about my blogging hiatus and the plan of action for the new blog.

The Scoop

It has been quite some time since I have posted anything and there is good reason for that. Since the summer began many of the variables in my professional life began to change and I needed to handle that. I won’t go into the details of everything that happened, but to summarize: an opportunity arose that I just could not refuse. That opportunity was a User Experience Developer position with Imaginet Resources Corp. based in Winnipeg, which I accepted in early July.

What does this have to do with the blog? Well, one of the benefits of working for Imaginet is the fact that they encourage their employees to be involved with the development community outside of the office. This encouragement has lead me to make another attempt at organizing my virtual presence on the web, which includes my blog.

Since kicking off the Digital Thoughts blog in 2008, I have learned many things about blogging. One of those lessons is that writing a blog is the easy part. Getting people to read your blog is much harder. Self-hosting has its benefits, but one of the drawbacks is the fact that you need to find your own way to get the blog exposure. There are a lot of ways to do that, but I could not find a solution that would fit my schedule and budget. Based on some recommendations from colleagues and co-workers, I applied to start a blog with GeeksWithBlogs.net , a .NET blogging community, and they accepted my application.

So, you are starting from scratch?

Not exactly.

With Digital Thoughts, I started testing the waters on blogging about my profession. Some posts received a lot of really great feedback, but for the most part, I feel as though a lot of them were did not really bring too much to the table in terms of content. In the later posts, I started to find my feet and the content improved, but I don’t think the few posts that I really like are good enough to keep it all together.

Plus, I don’t have an import feature with the new blog and don’t feel like doing the import manually. I guess I’m lazy that way.

I am, of course, going to keep the Digital Thoughts blog online, but it is going to be moving sooner than later. The reason being that I plan on changing hosting providers and the new host is a .NET based host and Digital Thoughts runs on WordPress, which will make it a bit challenging for me to host it myself. In any case, I have already moved the content to Wordpress.com and have a link here to find it. Hopefully I will be able to merge the old content with the new, but until then they will have to remain apart.

Expectations

Other than the location on the web, there really should not be any drastic changes. The subject matter is going to stay focused on user experience, software development, and happenings that I am involved with in the community. I might play around with the style of the blog a bit over the next while, but nothing too crazy.

Some of the bigger changes are that are (hopefully) coming are outside the scope of the the blog itself. Here’s hoping that I will be talking about that here sooner than later.

In the meantime, I look forward to writing new posts and getting back into the virtual saddle.

Catch you on the flip side.

Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:27 AM | Back to top


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