Shift in Focus

I operate on the assumption that there comes a time for every blog writer where he/she questions whether a topic of interest is suited for his/her current audience. It is certainly true for me and it’s the reason for today’s post. When this situation occurs, the first question I ask is this: do I need another space to write on this topic? For me, the answer is now “Yes.”

Changes

I have a couple of changes I’d like to tell you all about. First, the direction for this space has altered slightly. Since its inception, The Weekly Review has focused mostly on software, web design, and personal productivity. The focus now will be on the first two. I haven’t spent much time on GTD or other characteristics of the personal productivity genre in recent times and I don’t see that changing.

In addition, posting here will decrease. No longer will I be posting a lot of links, quotes, or shorter opinion pieces. Instead, my focus here will be on longer articles regarding software, the web, and design behind both. I feel that the name The Weekly Review well suits this kind of discussion.

The second change is this—I’d like to announce the launch of my new personal site. This is where I will post more frequently and give a more personal glimpse of my life and my thoughts an many different topics.

Reasoning

Several factors have lead me to this path. I’d like to share them with you:

  • Content: Most importantly, there have been those moments I mentioned at the top. I’ve had the desire to write about topics such as parenting, nutrition, or the environment. And much more. This space did not feel like the right place for that material, nor did the timing feel right.
  • Domain: I’ve owned the domain name chrisbowler.com for some time, and I have been itching to put it to use.
  • Tumblr: I’ve been intrigued by Tumblr as a platform over the past year and have wanted an opportunity to design a theme and dig into the inner workings of the CMS.
  • Branding: When it comes to personal branding, I believe this is the right sort of move to help me fulfill my dream of earning my full time income via the web.

So there you have it. If you are a regular reader or subscriber of The Weekly Review, I hope you’ll give the new site a chance as well. Subscribe if you like. If you’re just interested in thoughtful analysis of well written software, stay right where you are. There’s more of that to come. If you have any questions or comments you’d like to send my way, please do so.

Thanks to everyone for reading here over the past year.