Taking My Time

Things aren’t as they used to be on the Internet. When I started publishing on my previous website of the same url, I just installed WordPress, configured a theme and started blogging.

I paid little attention, because I didn’t have to, to legal and regulation issues related to having a website these days.

This time around there are numerous UK, EU and global regulations to adhere to, especially because I plan to be deriving some kind of income from this venture at some point.

I need to create up-to-standard Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and other such pages due to some new, very strict regulations.

This is why it is taking a while for my website to be ready for purpose. It’s also partly because this kind of paperwork puts me off. When I’m done, I will probably hire a professional to give the site a once-over to ensure I’m in compliance with all the required laws and regulations.

There’s also Article 13, which I’m not too bothered about since I mainly create my own content. I don’t do reaction videos, movie reviews or covers of other people’s songs. I should be fine on that ground.

When it comes to deriving income, a big difference now is that we have the Steem Blockchain, with with the help of SteemPress, I can plug my website into. I already have community on there, as well as a source of revenue for my posts.

As such, I will probably completely disable the built in comments section of WordPress – which is mainly spam and hacking attempts now anyway. I also don’t have to worry about generating so much traffic just yet – in order to benefit from Google Adsense.

I can however use my Affiliate Marketing links, including banners and photo blocks.

The initial dream is for this website to pay for itself so it is at least sustainable for now. My previous websites had not done that, so they were kind of a financial liability.

I could just blog directly using one of the dApps (decentralised Applications) on there, but the way things are going, everyone is moving towards having their own independent system, but plugged into a decentralised blockchain like Steem. This gives me a lot more control of things like – how long my content stays up for and how I present the information.

For now I’m just grateful for this technology and the opportunity it brings for small creators like myself to share and monetise our stuff.

Hello SteemPress

You may be aware that I have been looking for a home for my website in the last few weeks. I tried Engrave – which is a Steem Blockchain based platform that will one day complete with WordPress. I also tried directing my URL straight to Busy.

I just wasn’t happy with the performance of Busy. When I first joined the blockchain, it was such a cool looking and very fast frontend. Lately, however, it just wasn’t performing well enough for me.

I actually love Engrave, and the potential it’s got to rival WordPress and other such platforms, but it just isn’t ready yet.

As such, I’ve registered for one year’s hosting service with a UK based provider and have installed the very ubiquitous and familiar WordPress platform.

Apart from the security and privacy related tweaks, the first thing I searched for was SteemPress! The entire point of this exercise is to be able to publish my posts on the Steem Blockchain to take advantage of the monetary and community incentives.

I’ve been blogging for a while and I can say that I’ve never been on a platform with the level of engagement I get on Steem, genuine or otherwise. I have formed relationships on the platform that I would love to take with me everywhere I go, so I am particularly excited about SteemPress.

So for this first post, I shall keep things simple – just a photo, some text and my footer. I know I can embed YouTube videos on here too, but that’s for later down the line.

Talking of video, I’m not sure how this is going to work with DTube. Being a regular DTuber, I will still have to post directly to Steem without going through this website I guess. I also use Appics which, of course, has it’s own tools.

Let me end it here. I’m excited to see how this looks on the various Steem frontends. No doubts I would have to learn how to tweak a few things going forward.