The Return of the (My) Personal Blog

I’ve been missing the ability to share longer personal writing, quips, or thoughts that didn’t fit neatly into my other online ventures or a particular social network.

Hence, resurrecting the usage of this site (and the Interesting… from Aaron list… sign up below). Look for short-to-long pieces on a variety of topics. Subscribe via RSS or leave your email address below to get updated a few times a month via that method.

Where else am I right now?

Welcome back.

Sharing Photo Discounts/Deals Without Being Spammy

I’m in a position where each week I learn about a few photo-related discounts and deals… sometimes it’s a killer deal on a big site such as B&H Photo or, sometimes it’s a discount for a smaller site, and sometimes it’s a coupon code that can get my readers a special savings or gift.

I assume that most people enjoy saving money, so I’d like to pass those discounts along but I want to do so in a non-spammy way. How would you prefer to hear about such discounts or deals? Please leave your response below.

Consolidating Social Outlet Overload: Interesting… from Aaron

Decorative metal along the edge of a roofline on the Seattle waterfrontLast week I mused about spreading content widely vs. attempting to reduce fragmentation, and it ties into a related topic: how do you keep track of interesting things that someone does, regardless of their, and your, platforms of choice? I publish here, on Google+, on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Instagram regularly. Most of the time I’m sharing different content with different audiences. How can someone keep track of the best stuff without following me everywhere?

I don’t have a magical solution for everyone. But I now have a practical solution for keeping up with the “best of the best” things that I write, photograph, curate, and share. I’m announcing the creation of Interesting… from Aaron. Enter your email address to get started:

Interesting… from Aaron is a once-weekly message that will contain:

  • My favorite photo I’ve created that week
  • Some not-published-elsewhere thoughts on an interesting observation or learning
  • Links to any interesting things I’ve written that week
  • Links to a few interesting things that other folks have written

The best of the things I’ve created or seen (photography, internet/tech, media, wackiness) distilled into one easy message each week.

Six Months of

Six months ago on September 7th, I consolidated. Instead of blogging on a few different sites, I brought things together here and started writing exclusively on for my various topics (almost all of which surround photography ). This also marked a shift into what boils down to being a personal blog, the notion of which is a bit different in 2011-2012 than it was in the period where young people were on LiveJournal and tech geeks ran Movable Type.

Lights illuminate a Seattle sidewalk as they shine up through the rain-covered surface.I’m really pleased with my decision to bring things together. As I mentioned when discussing the topic at WordCamp Portland this past fall, I’ve found that my habits for consuming information often led to me following interesting people rather than just following interesting topics. I might learn of someone from their writing about photography, or copyright, or technology, or local, but I then find that the person is an interesting writer in general. So I subscribe to his or her site and read the articles, and learn about subjects of interest as well as other topics. I’m usually happy with the results.

In numbers, this site has grown pretty steadily, reaching an audience of about 7,800 unique visitors in February. The most popular articles included how to move Lightroom from Windows to a Mac, a photo sharing website comparision, an article about how to post photos to Google+ from Lightroom and some writing in which I explain that you’re doing photography wrong.

Here’s to another six months of growth, relationship building, and putting words on the screen.

What’s the Best Way to Abandon a WordPress Website?

Netting under a trapeze at Emerald City TrapezeSo, let’s say hypothetically that one owned a couple slightly-used websites. And that since one has consolidated publication onto this very site that you’re reading, those older sites are sitting there, still gathering some inbound traffic but otherwise unused.

There’s no monetary cost to me to keep them around, but it’s two additional sites to keep updated (both WordPress and plugins) and at some point something might break.

Should I keep them around as-is and continue to update the sites? Should I migrate the notable content to this site and then kill them off?

What’s the graceful way to abandon a WordPress website?