Last summer I had all of these grand plans about websites I was going to start and keep on top of. I was going to blog, tweet, Google+, and be a tech maven. I purchased custom domain names, started new pages, and promptly got in over my head. I didn't think that while I purchased domain names that I needed to have my stuff hosted elsewhere. Frankly, there's a lot I didn't know. There's a lot I still don't know. Today, after playing in the internet sandbox the last few months, I finally straightened up my stuff:
- I started this blog using Blogger
- I reassigned my 2 domain names to things that make sense:
- I updated If This Then That to help me monitor all of this stuff and reduce my need to cross-post. When I post here it will automatically post to Google+, Twitter and Facebook.
If you haven't checked out If This Then That and you are a heavy web user, then you need to do so. I am going to write a separate post about it. I am still very much a novice user, but as I get more into it, the more I am loving IFTTT. I want them to handle everything for me!
Essentially my big lessons learned are this: be careful before you spend money of tech-type things - the things you think you need may not be exactly right after you learn a little more. Also, play with the free tools a lot! you can really get a feel for how things are before you start shelling out your hard-earned money. The internet will nickel and dime you if you let it.