Sometimes in order to make room for the new, you need to clear out the old. In that spirit, I’ve put on my virtual gardening gloves and dug up some of my virtual weeds. Let me explain:
Usually when I update my website, I take a very methodical approach – I archive the old site, perform updates, import the previous contents, and make little tweaks here and there until I get things how I like them. This time I decided to do things a little different, & deleted my entire old site. Gone are the blog posts over the last 4 or 5 years. Gone are the event listings of things music or tech happening around San Francisco. With my past obliterated, I start today with a clean slate.
At first it was quite discomforting. I had spent a lot of time exploring my digital self over the years, and I was somewhat proud of my past accomplishments. That said, I also know there’s much more to me than just what can be searched for online. This new site is an effort to explore my digital present & future. So if one really wanted to go spelunking on my past, there’s always LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.
Remember the last time you bought a new phone? You could flick through screens wicked-fast, free from the clutter of apps & old photos. What about when you bought that new laptop? It was quick to boot (well, they’re never really fast enough, are they?), and had gigabytes of pristine disk space just waiting for you to fill it up. How about a new car? Or new house? Most of the time a new thing brings new potential. In that same vein, I’m launching my new website.
It will take some time, but I’m already starting to feel a better about the decision. After years on the Drupal bleeding edge, I’ve switched to WordPress where I see a lot of room for future growth. Sure, at first it may take longer to get some things done, but that’s what pushing the boundaries is all about. Life is about constantly learning and growing. So get out there and do something new. Create new music, meet new people, eat new food, or develop new apps.
If you find it helpful, try what I tried – delete something and don’t look back.