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This past weekend, I decided to change things up a little bit on my blog. Nothing extreme – I’m still using WordPress but I moved my blog from WordPress.com to Pressable, a self-hosted solution. My main reason was so that I could be more helpful in testing out other Automattic products, such as Jetpack, as well as some new Core features, such as the beta Gutenberg editor. Additionally, a self-hosted solution will allow me to customize things a bit further that I would be able to on WordPress.com … but I don’t really plan to do a whole lot of that at the moment.
You may have also noticed that this blog has a new look. After a pretty decent stretch using the theme Revelar, I decided to switch to the default them from 2016 – Twenty Sixteen. I still think Revelar is a great theme. The main reason I switched is because I felt like Revelar is set up great for photography but, if I wanted to post a quick blurb or a standard blog post, I always felt pressured to come up with a good featured image. After exploring a few other themes, I found that Twenty Sixteen was exactly what I was looking for (after making a few very slight visual customizations). It looks great for photo posts with nice featured images, yet it still looks very nice for posts that don’t have/need one.
I’m hoping that this switch prompts me to blog a little bit more, since I don’t have to spend additional time worrying about imagery for non-photography posts. That being said, if you are looking for a more photo-based blog, Revelar is still a great theme!
To ring in the new year (and thanks to some wonderful colleagues of mine), I just activated dwrobert.mystagingwebsite.com, replacing my previous site address. Initially, I had set this domain up as a separate photo blog but I changed my mind. I think it will be much more sensible to combine and maintain one site, instead of two.
I’m really proud of the work the .blog folks have done on the new TLD and I’m excited to see where it goes from here.
Head on over to: get.blog if you would like your very own .blog domain!
This year, Automattic, Inc. turns 10 years old. I feel very lucky, happy, and excited to work for such an awesome company!