Towards the end of 2016 and into the beginning of this year my website and blog have become a little stagnant. Part of the reason for this has been that with remodeling our new house and planning a wedding me and my fiance have been extremely busy. Another reason for this is that I have been wearing my entrepreneur hat a lot lately and have been involved in many different projects. With all of the projects that I have taken on, I lost the purpose of this website somewhere along the way and I want to address that today.
I recently found myself asking some tough questions.
- What is the purpose of this website?
- Who does it serve?
- What value does it provide to its visitors?
Why I Started Blogging
When I was a young inexperienced programmer I started this blog for a few reasons. I really enjoyed writing and this gave me a place to have my voice heard, even if it was just my mom reading. I think this is why a lot of people get into blogging and I think it’s a great reason to do so. It was also a way for me to learn how to create a blog from scratch. I found a popular open source project at the time and It really gave me some insight as to how others were writing code. Finally, it gave me a place to share my learning experiences with others and hopefully help others avoid the same mistakes I was making.
I still have this website for all of the reasons I did when I started it but like me, they have grown up. I still want to help others avoid the mistakes I still do on a daily basis but I also want to teach and inspire. This blog has become a rambling platform for everything happening in my life and I want to scale that back some and add value to the people who continue to support me.
Going forward I am going to eliminate all of the entrepreneur & business related content and solely focus on my real passion; helping others learn to code. The first big change you are going to see is a consistent schedule of posts. I don’t know what that schedule looks like just yet or how many posts per week I plan to commit to. What I do know is that consistency is far more important that frequency.
The one thing I have learned from my mentors is to double down on what you are good at. I like to think I am really good at teaching others how to code and with that, you can expect to see a few new courses releasing this year. As I am starting to write some content for those my plan is to produce more guides and even some e-books that will help you out with a variety of programming topics.
I also answer a ton of my student questions in a private forum or email and I am going to start sharing more of those with you. One of the first things on my to-do list is to work on a content audit. This is a pretty important step for every blog author and I can’t wait to share this story with you. If you want to stay up to date on new content that will be coming out please subscribe to my mailing list.
I still feel like I have a lot offer in the form of advice and content in the business and entrepreneurship space. This is something I have become extremely passionate about over the last year of my life. I am consuming large amounts of podcasts, books in an attempt to learn as much as I can. I am going to find a new home for this content and I will let you all know as soon as I do.
New Look & Feel
With my new direction, I realized I wanted to try and attract new visitors. We all know that content is king but I feel like It was time for a more professional look and feel. I have a been a huge fan of Michael Hyatt’s for awhile now and when I found out he had a WordPress theme available I jumped on it. This is something I could have spent time building out or paying someone to do but my time is better spent working on projects that provide value. This is actually just the 1st phase of the rebuild and I have plans to improve the look over the next month or so.
I was looking at pictures I had of myself and realized that it was time to get some professional pictures done. My friend Rodrigo Iglesias was able to take some amazing headshots for me and you will see these popping up all over my website. If you are in the Cleveland area you should really check him out.
How can I help you?
If you haven’t gathered by now I absolutely love what I do. I have been thinking more and more lately about what kind of professional legacy I will leave behind. You probably won’t read about me in history books but I do want to leave my mark as someone who taught and inspired others. This is what honestly drives me each day to be better.
I am a self-taught programmer and I know what it takes to get to where I am today. I am going to write more about general software development and my hope is that students just getting into programming can learn from my journey.
I can’t thank you enough for sharing my story with me. I want to produce content that will help you. With that In mind, I will leave you with one question and I hope we can start a discussion around it. Have a great day & week, my friends.
Question: What content or courses would help you achieve your goals?