I have spent the last year really focused on building out RocketGeek.com to support the WP-Members plugin. The plugin had reached a point where I could no longer handle completely free support based on the donation model. I think that the donations of $1 or less (yes, really) were what pushed me over the edge.
Forced with needing to change the model to better monetize the product, I set up RocketGeek.com to support the plugin, and hopefully more in the future. That has taken a lot of time and effort, but it has been a worthwhile journey. The project was able to sustain itself.
When I did that, the intention was to get this blog back to what I had originally planned for it – to blog on plugin reviews, plugin development, and WordPress in general. But that requires actually spending some focused time doing it.
I’m sorry to say that hasn’t happened.
And the site has suffered. While RocketGeek.com’s Alexa rank soared, ButlerBlog.com’s dropped like a stone.
I don’t know if it was the fact that the blog needed a facelift, or what, but I just did not have the motivation to get in and revitalize the site.
I recently installed the Genesis Framework from StudioPress. I’ve been a big fan of Brian Gardner for many years. In fact, long time readers (if there are any left other than my dad) may recall that one of the earlier iterations of the ButlerBlog theme was a customized version of Brian’s Vertigo theme. If you can say you remember themes like Vertigo and Blue Zinfandel, you truly are a grandparent of the WP generation. You can get in line behind me to get fitted for your walker.
Spending the time updating the site’s inner workings may have breathed life back into my desire to get back to blogging. So thanks Genesis and StudioPress for saving me from the trash heap of blogdom.
I am ready to get back in the saddle and start posting worthy content. I hope you’ll come back to read some of it!