Lately, I have been wrestling with how best to deal with my company versus personal website conundrum.
Having a personal blog on the company website is seeming increasingly dumb and unnecessary. Yeah, the business is my life and I am my business but, that doesn't mean people navigating to my corporate site give a shit what I'm watching on TV or listening to musically these days.
Therefore, today I am moving into my new digital home, kraymo.com!!
Right now you are standing in the blog room. Peek up at the top right corner, click "Home" and you can check out the front-of-house. This is what you will see as you walk into the foyer of my glorious space. I also started a Band of The Day Page which, with the help of Spotify, will keep my music discovery fetish cleansed.
I like the web, I like blogging, I like web design and ever changing web based technologies. I enjoy playing with the new and improved. I've got my own server running so I can try and learn server side languages as well but, it's not the place to house my own stuff just yet. I don't get much time to mess around with serving, so keeping a personal site up and running on my own machine, at this point, seems futile.
I like Wordpress and have used it in the past but, not as much as Squarespace, which is what I used to create our K & E Sheet Metal LLC website. My personal site will also be housed here under the Squarespace umbrella.
I wanted to be silo-free but, I'm just not there yet.
Squarespace tops the list for many reasons. Here are 3 of my core motives.
- No other web builder is easier to use. TRUTH.
- I can blog from my iPhone 6+ with ease. Wordpress has an app as well. Squarespace's is better.
- Integration with social media, analytics, marketing and commerce are fantastic. I hate Wordpress's Jetpack....boo!
Yes, the price point is a little higher. You get what you pay for.
Yes, Wordpress is able to be loaded on your own server which is easily accomplished through MANY hosting companies. For whatever reason though, none of these facts have kept me hooked to Wordpress like so many other users. Squarespace it is.
You may ask, why would I need my own website?
There are so many social media and blogging options. What the hell would a nobody like me need with his own website? Just use social media like everyone else!
Well, I despise Facebook but, I do have a page. I never scroll through my feed, it's just there so I know when friends are having a BBQ. I deleted my site for a time a couple years ago and everyone thought I died. The only thing I do with Facebook is send out my posts or instagrams. I rarely navigate to the site..
Honestly, I would love to visit my friends' own websites instead of social media but, I don't see that happening anytime soon. I like Instagram---even though it's owned by Facebook---, love Twitter and, believe it or not, kinda like Ello.
I fancy (I'm using like too much) having a place to promote myself in case I decide to venture off down other business avenues in the future. A digital resume if you will. I enjoy the freedom of making whatever changes I want; having a sister site and helping drive traffic to the company website intrigues me as well.
I like to write, mostly privately and not all that well. My interests in music, TV, sports and media make me want to put stuff out there, even if it's not the best right from jump. Like everyone, I have opinions and want to voice them now and then. I just like the freedom of posting it in my own hub. A central place that will change with my tastes and lifestyle.
Plus, keeping up with all of it will keep my mind off the things I usually free up for depression and anxiety.
The biggest reason is clear to me
I have issues with being myself. Like I mentioned, self-confidence and anxiety plague my days and I need a place, that's not social media, where I can say whatever the fuck I want, when I want. A place I can write long form drivel if I want and you the reader can click a link to read or not. You don't have to see anything but a picture and link pass in your news feed. You don't have to be inundated with a mass of words. You can click the link or not, it's up to you.
Yeah, you could hide me in the feed but, I'm hoping you might want to read whatever bullshit I may have written and hey, maybe one day, start your own website rather than giving every bit of information to Facebook.
I hope to migrate a lot of the content I have elsewhere on the web over to this site in the near future. My schizophrenic brain has been starting and stopping blogs for years. I'm realizing the commingling of business and personal web presence can get overwhelming and confusing very quickly.
This is the fun part for me. Building, moving, rearranging, adding, deleting. Just a few other reasons I like my own space.
Time to organize this shit!