Something's changed? 🤔 Yes, yes! After more than five years, I've rebuilt the place, from scratch 🔥 But you know, with great power comes great responsibility, so please, before you proceed read the manual 📚 Otherwise, be safe, and enjoy 🖖
For more than five years I have been consistently jotting down thoughts and ideas at collado.io. Topics ranging from product stories at iomando, the experience at Ironhack, summaries of the books I liked or just random thoughts that kept me awake at night. They all have accounted for more than one hundred fifty entries so far.
What started as a way to crystalize what I learnt, has become a journey of discovery in itself. In the early days, writing meant to me no more than stitching words in front of the other, yet I started because I was afraid of forgetting the ideas on the books I was reading.
In other words, I wanted to create a backup drive for my brain, you know, just in case.
But soon I realized that the sole process of sitting down and write was also teaching me how to think: broadening my perspective, structuring my reasoning and slowly smoothing my roughest thoughts out. An invaluable asset nowadays I couldn't live without.
Writing has profoundly changed the way I approach problems both in my personal and professional life.
collado.io's content has always been hosted at Squarespace.
But, why Squarespace?
Simple, yet a little bit embarrassing. If you have ever wondered who has "clicked-bait" at one of those Squarespace codes the whole podcast tribe throw at you show after show during the ad break, wonder no more, you just met a "success story".
I kept hearing "the ads" — right at the time the thought of starting a blog wandered my mind, and the rest... well, I suppose the rest is how brand advertisement works. You just get 20% off your first month and stick with them for the next five years. They surely know a thing or two about LTV.
After these years, Squarespace has been an extremely reliable partner. Despite that if I were to go back in time and do it again maybe I'd choose another tool, I only have words of gratitude for the service and the team behind. During all these years they flawlessly kept the show up and running and never failed me, not even once.
I can't recommend them enough and I have nothing but admiration for their product. Unfortunately, my time with Squarespace has come to an end.
The simplicity and the beauty of running my own lightweight site, something I built myself, and the eagerness to learn throughout the process are the main drivers behind my decision.
A decision I know won't be easy: most of the posts have to be manually imported and rewritten in markdown, the site's management won't be as plug-and-play as it used to be, and devops or security are new areas I don't have any expertise or experience with... the list goes on and on.
This "move" will cost me a lot in terms of time and frustration, anyone who has learned to code knows exactly what I am talking about. But as with other
crazy projects I embarked in the past, I know I will figure it out.
Above all, I am ultimately convinced the journey will be rewarding and, in the long run, I'll look back with proudness over what I did.
Finally, if you made down here, I assume you are interested in the how does this work or how it affects a random reader at collado.io.
You can check out the detailed project roadmap in the GitHub Board I set up in the site's repository, but oversimplifying, the move consists in four distinct parts:
Exciting times ahead for collado.io — stay tuned at its GitHub repository.