Back in April, when I rebooted the blog and site, one of my motivations was to get some degree of confidence back in posting to my own space rather defaulting to elsewhere (looking at you Twitter). While I’ve regained that confidence somewhat, I haven’t posted as much as I wanted to lately. The reasons are many and they deserve a separate post which I’ve been drafting for a while.
One of the other motivations was to showcase my photography better and set up a space to start selling prints. Over the years, many folks have asked if I had prints available to which my answer has always been a casual shrug. I’ve made a few prints for friends and family, but that’s about it.
I’ve been thinking about all this for the past month and figuring out a way forward. The obvious answer is to outsource the photography bits to something like SmugMug and continue to blog here on M.b. But I am a bit of a compulsive guy and like my things in order and in one place. I want to be able to do all manner of writing and display and sell photographs under one space.
Doing all this on M.b seems impossible, because it was never built for such a scenario. I briefly mulled over a full blown, independent Hugo setup. I get full control of how everything looks and works, but getting a store front thing going on it is a pain. More importantly, I want to be able to blog with as little friction as possible. Wrangling markdown files via Git is not something I enjoyed doing and I doubt that’s changing any time soon.
The most obvious solution here is Wordpress. I’ve used it in the past, know how it works and it can do exactly what I want. It is also a huge rabbit hole. There’s no end to all the customisation and tinkering one can do with it and I fear that I’ll go down that road rather than develop photos and write words.
I haven’t made up mind yet, so if anyone has thoughts or ideas, I would love to hear from you.