I’m interested in helping people through my blog. I recently started my latest series, MainStage for Musical Theatre. It’s a comprehensive guide for music directors and keyboardists interested in using Apple MainStage in their musical theatre productions. It’s been a while since I’ve written helpful and educational content. The past couple of months have been filled with personal posts every once in a while – random thoughts that don’t really end up helping anyone. It was my attempt to keep up with providing content during a period of change.
I started using Thesis when version 1.8 was released. Back then, I knew very little about WordPress, and nothing about CSS, SEO, and all those other important acronyms. As I developed my blogging skills, I began deleting old posts that didn’t contribute anything of importance to the world wide web. Posts that ended up making the cut were educational ones about my iOS theming obsession. I made over 1,000 of icons for the Suave HD theme, and produced several YouTube videos on the topic.
The release of Thesis 2.0, which coincided with me getting a new job, was when everything changed. I no longer had free time to research and blog about topics I love. I also didn’t like Thesis 2.0 at all after installing it. These two factors ended up in a redesign. I wanted a more personal look to my blog. The Memoir theme on ThemeForest caught my eye, so I bought and installed it. I began writing more personal posts – recounting events in my everyday life. Everything was okay for a few weeks, but then I started feeling bad about it. My viewership decreased, and I didn’t feel like my material was helping anyone. I needed to start over with something new and awesome.
Genesis. I read about it a long time ago, but didn’t look into it too much. I was too busy reading all these articles about how great Thesis was. It was great. 1.8x that is. That’s not the point of this post though. After reading countless “Genesis vs Thesis 2.0″ articles, I decided to buy into the Genesis framework. After a few different directions, I ended up going with the Metro theme from StudioPress. I spent a day or two customizing CSS here and there, and that’s what I’m running now. I know it’s strange to say this, but the redesign has motivated me to start writing educational posts again. I love previewing my posts before publishing, and seeing this awesome theme in action. How is this a new beginning? All my random and uninteresting personal posts are gone now. Hopefully they’ll be gone from Google’s index in a few months. Meanwhile, I’m loving Genesis and have no plans on switching in the future.