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The new site: details emerge

When I said, previously, that the new site would take a few more weeks, I vastly overestimated the amount of work left to do on it. Or, to put it another way, I didn’t expect everything to go so smoothly. Which is to say: it’s almost ready.

I could just leave everything waiting for a couple of weeks in order not to make a liar out of myself, but that would be a bit ridiculous. Expect the changeover, then, in days rather than weeks.

So, what’s going to change? Well, first of all, this incarnation of the site will move to a new subdomain, where it will remain, archived forever. Hopefully, all the articles will still be available, just under a new address.

This main website will serve as a sort of hub, linking to different parts of the rewboss network, as it were. The blog itself will move to a new address: rewboss.blogspot.com. There are a few posts up there already, but nothing very exciting (and mostly for testing purposes), but those subscribed to my RSS feed might want to hop over there now and subscribe to the Atom feed (link at the bottom of the page).

Why use a blogging platform like this? Well, there are several advantages, but the most important one is that I don’t have to spend time I don’t have trying to develop a method of allowing people to comment on my blog posts. I would have been an interesting challenge, and given time I think I might have managed to create something, but a ready-made solution that is tried and tested (and coded by people who know roughly what they are doing), and allows more effective networking to make it easier for me to market myself, just seems a more realistic approach.

The hub itself will host articles I may write from time to time that should have a more permanent presence.

So, that’s about it. There are a few more things to do, but I wanted to give you all advance warning. Let’s hope this all goes according to plan.

In the offing

This is by way of a heads-up that, as part of the overhaul of the whole “rewboss” experience, there will be some massive changes to this site.

I’m not going to reveal too much at this stage, as this will take a few more weeks, but the current set-up is unhelpful and inconvenient. The coming changes will encourage more interaction and make it easier for me to network properly, and more than anything is a response to the way the internet has changed and developed over the years into a two-way communication system.

The people who should take note are those who subscribe to my RSS feed, because that, by necessity, will have to be retired. There will be a new RSS feed for those who need it (or who just want it), and I’ll give you all the details in good time.

Tweet, tweet

In case you haven’t already noticed, I now have a Twitter feed.

Additional menu options

I’ve added two new menu items to this site, both connected with my YouTube activites.

The first is a simple link to my YouTube channel, which has so far been a glaring omission here.

The second is a new category for YouTube news. This is where I will file posts of relevance to YouTube users, not posts of my YouTube videos. Since I do have a semi-official role on the YouTube help forums, I can sometimes give a little extra insight into certain matters. Not much extra insight, and I am not allowed to tell you about some of the coolest stuff, but some people might find a semi-insider’s view useful. (Everyone else will be bored to tears, of course.)

The forum goes online

See, I’ve been thinking about this, and come to the conclusion that a Good Thing to do, if I want to allow people to interact with me outside of YouTube, might be to start a message board.

So I did. You’ll find it at forum.rewboss.com, or alternatively at s1.zetaboards.com/rewboss/index/, if you think you can remember that one.

There’s a section there for unregistered guests to post, if you just want to drop a note, just as long as that doesn’t get abused.

I’ll be adding links to menus and such over the next few days, so that the board will feel more “integrated” in time. And over the next few days (it’s a heck of a fiddly business, as I found to my cost) I hope to redesign it to look a bit more… well, rewbossy.