Weekend Coffee Share – It’s Only Been 11 Months…

It's that kind of postIf we were having coffee, I might apologize for the fact that it’s been almost a year since I posted on this site. I’ve had every intention of redesigning the site to be more of a showcase and personal website than a blog – that’s still probably going to happen.

And it has actually been more than a year since I have done a Weekend Coffee Share here – we moved those for a time onto ComparativeGeeks.WordPress.com. Which, oh by the way, is no longer a site that’s being updated! Nope, we have successfully migrated from a WordPress dot com site to a WordPress dot org site, which included finding a theme and learning it, designing new logos, creating a navigation scheme and category hierarchy, writing pages for various policies and information, and getting buy-in from contributors. Check out that final product on ComparativeGeeks.com!

One thing we did not do was move over the archives from the old site. Those live on on the old site, but we wanted a bit of a fresh start. Some of that is for considering advertising – it seemed easier to plan for that moving forward than to bring over the full archives from a site that was free. That does mean however that we are needing to build up an archives and readership so that advertisers will take the site seriously!

As to readership, we found out that WordPress can migrate your followers from a dot com site to a dot org site! You have to use JetPack I think to do it, but then it can be done. We hadn’t looked at any sort of migration because we weren’t moving the archives over, so we heard about it once the site was live, thanks to Gene’o! The new site instantly became a better place once our existing followers started seeing us in their WordPress feed again.

So what’s new on the new site? Why’d we do it? Well, one thing is we wanted to do more with original content, and first up with that is the Podcast. My wife and I have started up the Comparative Opinions podcast, and you can subscribe to that feed here, or find it on iTunes, or listen on the website. We try to limit it to 30-45 minutes, and hopefully you enjoy it! We go into detail about what it is and why we did it in the first episode.

I also have successfully (finally) started up a webcomic! I had discussed that idea here on DBCII as well as on Comparative Geeks, and had done some initial sketching and technology testing (with my tablet) on the Comparative Geeks Instagram. Well now it’s real! I wrote an introductory post here, and then at the bottom of each page I’ve been manually adding Previous and Next buttons to navigate through the story. I’m trying to think of better ways to do this – there’s probably a plugin for this, I’m realizing. Anyway, I’m really excited with how it’s been going so far, but I would love feedback from all of you!

The other big goal was just to get more people involved, writing, and talking. So far, that’s been going well – quite a few contributors, with more in the wings on the way. We’ve created a way to organize ourselves and communicate that has been a huge help. We’re also experimenting with a Forum section, with the hope that we can create conversations there that live on in a different way than a blog post’s comments section lives on (or disappears over time). The Forums are the most new sort of thing, so they’ve been somewhat quiet – but please stop on by if you’d like to chat! There’s a whole section for writers and another for self-promotion, and those are both open for business so go right ahead🙂

As to the rest of the conversation, I suppose that takes readers! If you haven’t already, hey, it would be great if you followed Comparative Geeks, come check us out! And depending on your social media of choice, check out our Facebook Page (which has been growing nicely) or our unified Twitter account to get all the post updates. The Twitter, in particular, is quite new and could use some love! And if you’re already following us, hey, stop on by and say hi. Thanks!

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Redesign again… help me put a new face on DBCII!

Hello! It’s been a while. As I mentioned, it was time to move the Weekend Coffee Share posts over to Comparative Geeks, where they have been going well. And I moved the photo blogging to Instagram, where I’m already up to 115 followers – and where I am working on a sketch a day for October.

So then the hard decision kept coming up here on WordPress: to renew or not renew my domain here for DBCII. I finally went ahead and did, but that means this needs a purpose. So that means a redesign.

The thing that makes the most sense is an e-portfolio or personal website. So the blog archives will stay, but will not be an obvious part of the design. At least, that’s the thought. As such, I’m playing around with this as the simple layout:

IA DBCII e-portfolio

I have been using a wireframe like this to consider web design for a while. The Information Architecture class I took in my library science degree really has come in handy! 

What do you think? There are some items that I could showcase that I am not here. Instead, there’s a lot of dreaming and hoping here. I can tuck that away and leave the finished and ongoing projects. Does this make sense and look good? Anything you think I am leaving out for it to be an e-portfolio? Let me know in the comments!

Wordless Wednesday 62 – Keep Left

...and you'll get run over. Also, that guy is walking sideways.

…and you’ll get run over. Also, that guy is walking sideways.

Weekend Coffee Share – New Car Smell Edition

I’ve been running the Weekend Coffee Share here on DBCII… but I think it’s time that it moved over to Comparative Geeks, instead. Thought I would share this first one, at least, and mention the move!

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weekendcoffeeshareIf we were having coffee, I’d lament the fact that we were having coffee in my new car. I’m totally going to spill.

For many, I suppose a new car would be a cause for joy. I’m sure we’ll get there, too. But for most, I’m sure that they spent time looking, thinking, saving money, planning, and mentally preparing.

We did all that in under 24 hours this week.

We took my car into the shop for its 90,000 mile service this week. Apparently a good thing, because they found oh so much wrong with it. With the different service amounts added up, and the question to me to proceed… I said let me call you back.

The first consult was over to Kelley Blue Book, where I found that their higher end estimates on what I could get for my car were really close to the number I was…

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Wordless Wednesday 61 – Old Desk

Old Desk

Wordless Wednesday 60 – Baby Flowers

Mother's Day

3 more where this came from! Well, okay, from other sources.

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If We Were Having Coffee… Are You Still There? Edition

If we were having coffee, I might just quote Portal. It’s possible.

I’d also probably tell you about how I started staying home with the Geek Baby this week. It’s maybe going like this. I’d also probably tell you that I’m working on insulation for the house today – so coffee’s about the best thing going.

As my coffee bubbles and pops, I would get pensive. I would want to talk about my future in blogging, I think, in particular.

Flat WhiteThis here blog started as part of a class, lived on and morphed into a place where I wanted to blog about writing… and then I explored and found that there’s both a lot of people blogging about writing, and not a lot actually blogging what they are writing. Updates, craft, these sorts of things, sure. But the contents, the intellectual property, are squirreled away until ready to be published.

So pretty early the wind was knocked out of the sails of this blog. Then we started Comparative Geeks, and it’s still sailing strong. There’s where I can talk about what I’m up to in life. There’s where I’m habitually and constantly writing. There’s where I have a strong and engaged reader base and social media following and presence. So really, most anything this blog could have served me was taken by Comparative Geeks.

Then along came a Gene’O, and right as he started Sourcerer, and his writing blog, and Diana started Part-Time Monster… they credited Comparative Geeks. And our joint blog, and our consistent posting, and the satellite blog here… it all ended up looking a lot like what Gene’O and Diana set up as well.

So I joined in here with A to Z the following year, and from there tried to keep going with a number of Features to keep me writing and keep this blog rolling. However, keeping up this blog while also contributing on other blogs and running Comparative Geeks and life… one by one, the Features went away. I’ve added this one, I suppose, and kept the Wordless Wednesdays running. I’ve even started a new plan with those.

And the coffee share posts do great. Thanks for coffee, I mean that. I need to read more of them, I usually only find time to read two or three. But the Wordless Wednesdays have really died down, and my sketches have gotten almost no likes. And that leaves me with a lot of thoughts. One, do people genuinely not like my drawing? That I need to know! Although it is practice right now. Two, is it such a departure from what came before that people don’t like it here? Three, has my audience here just died off too much? Four, is this just not the best place for this?

I’m not alone in asking questions similar to this – so is Gene’O, with his personal blog. Basically: Hello? Are you still there? See, I was getting somewhere with that. And I think the answer that both of us have come to is, no. No you’re not. Not here. That’s what the bigger, contributor-helped blogs are for. They’re quite simply better blogs, Sourcerer and Comparative Geeks. And that’s okay.

So with the general success of some of the personal posts on Comparative Geeks (like talking about the Geek Baby), and with the success of things like our Instagram, I feel like the last things I am doing here could be better suited to go over there. That I could share my sketching with a larger audience and get feedback on Instagram. That we could share personal fun stories via coffee posts on Comparative Geeks, and maybe even return to a six-days-a-week schedule like in the Before Times.

What do you think, as my coffee bubbles down? Does this blog still serve any purpose? Would everything I do here be better suited elsewhere? What would you do in this scenario? Or if you’ve been here before… what did you do? And thanks for coffee!

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