I’ve started a new WordPress site as a place to write random thoughts from working on my side projects and building a business. My old Keystone.js site is here, but I’m slowly migrating it over to WordPress.
Why WordPress? 😶
There are tonnes of new options for running a blog that include hosting and everything. As simple as they all sound, I find they usually create extra work at some point down the line.
With WordPress, I get a great CMS, lots of open source plugins, and the new Gutenberg editor isn’t bad. If I need a new feature, there’s usually a plugin for it. I don’t care about page speed, static pages or anything like that.
Alternative Writing Communities
As well as creating a new blog of my own, I did consider joining these writing communities. They are great, but for now I decided to stick with my own space.
200 Words Per Day
200 words per day is great, but I found the writing prompts (e.g. “you have x hours left to write before the end of the day”) and red badges created a pressure that made me a bit anxious, as I don’t need motivation to write – just a place to do it.
A good alternative to 200 words a day is writetogether. The community looks friendly and welcoming, but at $8 per month I had to give it a miss for now.
Right here, I have a clear space, free from prompts and extra noise.