Every once and awhile I try to go through my records and see what sort of assets I have out there floating around on the web. I’ll put this in the form of a list and then put a few lessons learned.
Blogs: WordPress.com (1 owner, 2 contributor), WordPress.org (2 owner), Tumblr (1), Posterous (1), Blogger (3, all defunct). Also had several Ruby-powered blogs all gone.
Social Media: Twitter (1 business, 1 personal, 1 product, contribute to 2 others), Facebook (1 + 1 page), Google+ (1 + 1 page)
Hosts: Dreamhost (1), Yahoo (1), Linode VPS (1)
CMS: WordPress (2), Refinery CMS (1), Hardcoded HTML (1)
Discussion Boards: PhPBB (1), Invasion Power (1). Contribute to a few others.
Domains: Yahoo (9), Network Solutions (1), Dreamhost (1), Godaddy (1).
News Aggregators: Hacker News (2)
From top to bottom:
Blogs: No clear lesson from the blog world, only that at the moment it makes sense to have multiple blogs divided by topic. I have a company blog, a developer blog (this one), a “work” essay blog, a personal essay blog, and an art/inspiration-of-the-moment tumblog. Over time moved to feature-rich easily-maintainable hosted options from more custom options, don’t plan to go back. That said, I miss the nice syntax highlighting available not on WordPress.com, which is probably the major reason why I am planning to move this blog over to wordpress.org in the near future.
Social Media: Twitter, and particularly my “work” twitter account gets the most attention (I put it in quotes because my I don’t believe that work should ever be work, but rather fun and I try to keep things that way). My personal twitter gets barely any love. Facebook for me is now 60% liking things from the “work” world and 40% personal updates, which seems a bit odd. Google+ is an outlet for nerdy things that I don’t think will be appreciable to a more general audience.
Hosts: I’m a legacy customer of Yahoo from when they were great. I am very happy with Dreamhost but it is too much hassle to move all of my websites over there.
CMS: I’ve run virtually every CMS known to man at some point and at this point I actually don’t see any need for most sites for anything more complicated than WordPress. I just spent some time with two Ruby CMSes (Locomotive and Refinery) but would never recommend them to anyone who doesn’t want to spend a rather substantial amount of time tinkering in order to get it up and running for what is, in general, a less capable system (that said, you can extend it yourself, which is cool).
Discussion Boards: Was happy with PhpBB for a long time but at some point lost the time/interest to make all the modifications to optimize it. Been experimenting with other options (vBulletin/IPB) but haven’t had the time to pick one. Paying for IPB but not using it.
Domains: I’ve greatly reduced my number of parked domains, largely because I was all on Yahoo and they more than tripled their prices. Not too sure that this was the right decision, but absolutely hated Godaddy and it was too much of a pain to transfer domains. Still looking for a good, cheap host to park domains for future ideas if anyone has a suggestion. I like Network Solutions okay but they just spammed me with “.XXX” domain advertisements which I didn’t appreciate.
News Aggregator: 2011 was the year when I basically stopped reading all news not immediately relevant to what I was doing, perhaps because I find it a generally depressing waste of time (I used to read the Economist cover to cover and follow a bunch of other publications). The major winner here is Hacker News. I use two accounts, one for general posting and one for commenting on things which I expect will be controversial (Hacker News has a bunch of “karma police” that, in what I believe to be a generally laudable attempt to maintain high comment quality, frequently go overboard in downmodding non-mainstream viewpoints).