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Don’t Call It a Blog!

Timing is everything. Reviewing blog themes, designs, and content was a great idea ten years ago. Executing the great idea ten years late? Well… I may need an intervention.

It turns out that when you wait for a decade, things change. Blogs are still around, thankfully, and themes are still being designed. What’s changed is the terminology. Somewhere around 2012, a large segment of bloggers started transitioning their home page designs from a single column of blog articles to a static, more traditional website feel. 

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Why Our Blog Theme Is So Minimal

For a blog that likes to taste and sample other blog themes, you’d think we’d put a lot of time and energy into our own design. Those who can’t do, teach, right?

Fair point.

Since blog tasting is the name of this gig, I thought it would be fitting for our theme to avoid being a distraction to the content. So you’ll notice that you hardly notice the design of this theme, because we’ve focused on the content we’re actually writing about.

Enjoy.

Take a break from blogging without losing traffic. here’s how

I hate to break it to you, but you look like you need a break. 🙂

If the idea of a break from blogging doesn’t resonate with you at the core of your being, you don’t have a pulse. Especially if you’ve been doing this full-time for more than a couple years.

Feeling a little claustrophobic? Chained to your blog? Believe it or not, you CAN get away. We all need a break from the norm. Even bloggers deserve vacations, sabbaticals, and moments of solitude. But it takes too much extra work to have posts ready to cover a vacation!

So let your readers write for you. Why should you have to work extra hard before your time off just so you can be too tired to enjoy it?

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WHY I SWITCHED TO MEDIUM AFTER 11 YEARS OF SELF-HOSTED WORDPRESS

I began my WordPress odyssey one year after Heather and I married on an island beach in the Caribbean. So when I say that I’m leaving WordPress for another CMS, a lot of emotions are involved. It’s an odd predicament, transferring my 11 year-old blog from WordPress to Medium. It feels like quitting a job in which I’ve achieved mastery in order to do something entirely fantastical and, at least in the minds of some, entirely impractical.

I want to take you briefly through the history of this site’s evolution and wrap up with some reasons why this change had potential to work.

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Adventures in Babysitting

My mind was somewhere else as I backed up the car until I heard CRRRRUUUUNNNCH!!!

We managed without a nanny for six months. It was a frustrating season for mom and dad. Our pod was completed, but we couldn’t find an opportunity to use it until we hired some help.

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