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A farewell, and why I’m starting a new website

January 23, 2010

Update – now back on this blog, but changed the name to matthewparsons.net. The journeysthroughtravel.com URL still works, but I’ve decided to write about other topics. There will still be travel, but also other areas I’ve become interested in, like collaboration, communities, language, citizen journalism, Google, realtime, trends, and other things that make the web tick.

It’s been a blast, but time for a new website. It must be a January/new decade thing…

You can now find me over at matthewparsons.net where I’ll continue to write about travel and tourism, but there’ll be other stuff as well – a broader range of topics, more personal stuff, more pictures and more nonsense.

matthewparsons.net is part landing page – a menu at the top will show where else I reside on the internet – and part somewhere to write.

Wanting to write was the main reason I started Journeys Though Travel, but WordPress seems to be getting overly complicated. Categories, tags and all that. It also seems to lack support for mobile publishing, which I think will be a key trend in the future. I’m also straying off topic a lot. Yes, I know, that is a cardinal sin in the blogosphere.

Journeysthroughtravel.com will remain in place, as an archive (browse through 2009 here to see what I mean), but nothing new will be written here.

So I’ll admit I’m worried this move away from a traditional blog format may be seen as dumbing down, as I instead choose to experiment, rather than”post”, but I seriously believe how we use the web is changing.

How we “consume” news, especially on the internet, is shifting to being more colourful, fun, snappier, easier to digest – all results of shorter attention spans, yes, but that’s the way it seems to be going. At least that’s what I’ve noticed after blogging for 18 months, as well as seeing it in general in the publishing industry.

But like I said, it’s been a blast and I’d be honoured if you decided to follow me over at matthewparsons.net – it’s even got an RSS feed. Impressed, aren’t you.

So thank you to everyone who has commented on this blog, given feedback and supported me when I began this journey.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2010 3:56 pm

    I’m sure you have logical reasons for the move, I just hope you’re not throwing technology at a problem (that could be solved in other ways).

    Mobile publishing’s a doddle on the iPhone and email is available too. It’ll be hard to beat WordPress’s SEO abilities and the ton of free widgets… not requiring much technical know-how.

    Personally, I’ve found your blog – jtt – inspiring an fun to read.

    Good luck on the other side.

    • matthewparsons permalink*
      January 24, 2010 6:45 pm

      Thanks Rob. It’s true about SEO, and widgets, but that’s something I wanted to get away from. WordPress has been a real learning curve but after 18 months it’s time to move on and explore something else.

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