A short history of my first blog
Three years ago, it seemed like a good idea to create a blog focused on sharing all the atrocious social media activities I was observing. At the time, I was actively building my photography business and I was frustrated by the mistakes I saw other photographers and local small business owners making on Facebook and Twitter.
My first task was to create a clever domain name and tag line, and in January 2011 SocialPoser.com – Putting the Posers in Their Place was born. As a social media professional and a photographer, it was a witty play on words, as I was both calling out social media posers and posing people and their families for portraits – putting all of them in their places. It was also about me and how I sometimes felt like a poser because of my short time as a business owner and professional photographer.
With the domain and tagline in place, I started writing posts with irreverent titles like:
- Social Media and Marketing Don’t Mix
- Nobody Cares That You’re at the Gas Station
- 5 Reasons Why Klout is Total BS
- Social Media Failure by Super Bowl XLVI Advertisers
It was fun at first, but after a while it started feeling overly negative and limiting, and I only posted twice in 2012 and once in 2013.
Time for a new blog
Sometime in late 2012 or early 2013 I started to consider abandoning the SocialPoser blog and starting over with a new blog bearing my name.
I decided that blogging under my name would be less limiting, allowing me to continue writing about social media, but also expanding my options to write about photography, blogging, fatherhood and anything else that might move me. It would also be more consistent with the personal brand I’m trying to build if I didn’t feel the need to be so negative, snarky and sarcastic all the time.
I’ve been on the fence for a long time about making this change because there’s something I love about the SocialPoser “brand” and the creativity behind that name. The decision got much easier, though, when I recently discovered SocialPoser.com was hit by the WordPress Pharma Hack. My technical skills with HTML coding and database administration are very limited, so I decided to let that blog fade into oblivion and start over here at CollinKromke.com.
Here we go!
I’ve spent about a week tidying up the place so it’s ready for you. First, I installed WordPress and then added the Genesis framework from StudioPress. Next, I installed several WordPress plugins to help prevent hacking and to save backups of the site files and the database if it happens again.
Rather than starting with this post on an empty blog, I transferred over twelve of my most popular posts from the old blog based on traffic and comments, and then set up 301 redirects on the old blog. This has helped maintain the organic search traffic I was getting to those posts on the old blog.
With a little help from Ari Herzog, I re-wrote my Comment Policy and Disclosures, mostly because I liked his better. I also had a lot of trouble getting all the comments to transfer over through Disqus, so I abandoned that comment platform and decided to go with the comments that are built in to WordPress.
I’ve looked at all the child themes on StudioPress, but haven’t found one that I like as much as the basic Genesis framework, so I’m sticking with that for now. It’s a responsive theme built with HTML5, and it looks great in desktop browsers as well as on tablets and smartphones. Check it out on your phone or tablet and you’ll see what I mean. It’s a very simple and clean design that shouldn’t distract from the content.
I created this blog for you…
…so I hope you’ll stick around, read and comment on some posts, and come back later to do it again.
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