For the first time in years, I don’t care if anyone reads this.
Now, that’s not to say that I don’t appreciate if someone does (thank you!), but, right now, I’m not concerned with how many people read this. And you know what, it feels amazing.
When I first started this blog back in 2009, I was writing whenever I could in between my job and going to college about something that was interesting to me: unlocked phones (does the name of my site now make more sense?). Which ones I thought were cool and why, changes in the mobile ecosystem and my thoughts on how it was going to effect us all, and occasionally how to’s on things I ended up figuring out and thought might help others if I posted.
Long story short, what started as writing to the void turned into something amazing. People started reading, commenting, engaging in constructive conversations, and ultimately it became a huge part of my life along with becoming my full-time job. I couldn’t believe it (I still can’t).
Somewhere between there and here, however, a strange thing happened.
I’m naturally an ambitious person (a good and bad trait, trust me), and when I saw traffic increasing, I started to wonder, “how can I make it grow more?”
During the next few years, I hired writers, started researching content I should do that would drive traffic, and went from writing a blog to running a publication. For the most part, it actually worked, traffic grew, so did revenue, and the site was doing well in that respect.
But as time went on, I was putting more and more stress on myself to perform better, grow faster, do more content, etc. I started churning out content I wasn’t necessarily proud of for the sake of just getting another article done, more keywords checked off, and writing about things I thought would get traffic instead of what I really felt passionate about writing. Bottom line: I started to just chase numbers.
About a year ago, I realized this fact partially and decided to redesign the site and start doing the content again by myself. Issue is that I was still chasing content I thought would do well and not what I cared about necessarily. I had unrealistic deadlines for articles that, of course, are harder to write when you aren’t necessarily excited about them. The site was doing well, but I was definitely not happy with it. So today, I’ve decided to finally change that.
I’ve decided to bring this site back to what it originally was for me, albeit with a broader scope to reflect my interests that have evolved over the last 10 years (less unlocked phones and more technology in general). I want this to be something I truly enjoy again.
Besides me, though, I’d like this to be something maybe others might enjoy. Something others can read and relate to, learn from, and chat with me and other like-minded nerds about the things we hold dear. So with that, welcome to a new beginning for this site, and I’d love it if you came on this journey with me.
Here’s what I’m planning for the future:
Let me know in the comments below any feedback you have (good and bad, I know a ton of you have been reading my site for a very long time). Tell me any changes you personally would like to see, what content you’d like, resources I can maybe put together to help people out, and come chat with me on social networks, even if just to say hi.