Running a blog for five years, like I have, is a huge deal. I never really expected to keep it going for this long. I just wanted a public space to call my own to express myself and connect with similar individuals who are just as passionate about the hobbies and interests I enjoyed. Seeing as there’s no plans to retire from my blogging gig any time soon, I decided it’s time to upgrade simpleek.
Changing the blog from having the “wordpress” extension in the web address to one with an actual domain name of my own choosing has been something I thought about for a while now. I didn’t immediately commit to the idea because I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to go from running a free site to a premium site I would pay as a yearly subscription. In the end, I decided it was time to have a more professional sounding web address.
The address is now no longer simpleek.wordpress.com, but simpleek.blog. I initially wanted to have it as simpleek.com, but apparently someone had already taken that domain name. I suppose I should have acted sooner. Along with finally getting my own domain, I made some smaller changes to the blog to celebrate this new commitment I have to simpleek.
I updated the layout theme slightly for a new look and to bring back an older photo I used in 2011 when my blog went live for the first time. I don’t have any graphic design skills, so I can’t really do anything too fancy with the layout. Working with ready made theme templates are fine for someone like me who is more focused on the content, but still wants the blog to look nice and functional when a reader visits. I always love simple, clean, and classic designs. Most themes I choose for my blog reflects my personal aesthetic.
One thing most people who are longtime readers of my blog might not notice is the tagline change for simpleek. I originally summarized it as, “The perspective of a self-proclaimed geek, intermediate gamer, & maybe a pinch of fashionista musings.” The new tagline is now, “The perspective of a self-proclaimed geek, gamer, and fashionista.” It may not seem like a significant change, but I wanted the tagline to be much shorter than what it originally was. I also don’t consider myself an intermediate gamer anymore. Back when I started this blog, I was sort of new to gaming and sort of not. I may not have played it as religiously as some of my other friends have, but I wasn’t so unfamiliar with them that I didn’t know Mario, Street Fighter, or Final Fantasy. I just became way more immersed in video games later in life. These days I consider myself a full on gamer and I completely own that identity. I’ve played a good amount of games in the last six or seven years to feel like I can drop the intermediate part in front of gamer.
My blog continues to change and grow just like I’m still changing and growing since the time I started writing simpleek. Everything continues to be a work in progress and I can only imagine what else is in store for my blog as I let it evolve naturally on its own. A greater investment in my blog is a start.