In 2010, I launched (and continue to run it to this day) a leading digital publishing news blog, and built it into a publication that regularly breaks industry news, while at the same time I taught myself all the tech skills required to maintain, protect, and update the blog. Any time something broke, I either learned how to fix it on my own, or by looking over the shoulder of someone I hired. And when I wasn’t learning new tech skills, I was teaching myself how to explain complex technical topics to readers.
In 2016 I took stock of my industry: falling ad revenues, competitors shutting down, and a general sense that my niche had gone stale.
I concluded that I could only continue to run the blog by stuffing it with more ad units, accepting sponsored stories, and generally making my blog an unpleasant place to visit. I didn’t like that idea, so instead I decided to take the tech skills I had mastered during my years running this blog and pivot from reporting the news to providing technical services to authors and small publishers.
Booth has several websites but not the time or technical skills to maintain them As part of my website concierge service, I upgraded her sites to HTTPS, optimized them for better performance, and continue to provide ongoing tech support including content updates, regularly scheduled security checks, and blog and theme doftware updates.
The Prelinger Library is a private archive of early 20th century books and ephemera. I am their volunteer webmaster, and provide ongoing support for their website.
They are a pro bono client of my website concierge service, where I have edited the site's pages so they displayed better, resolved technical issues, and updated the site's decade-old theme.
Lateral Action is the site of author, poet, and business coach Mark McGuinness.
I helped Mark update a decade-old site, and then move it to a new hosting company. First we switched it to HTTPS, and then I identified and replaced outdated plugins, tech that modern web browsers no longer support (Flash video, for example), and page elements that could look better (outdated signup forms).
And then at a later time I ported Mark's two sites to WPEngine, increasing the reliability and performance.
Mark is currently a client of my website concierge service. I take care of his website security, updates, and answer any technical questions related to his websites.
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