Actually, I'm moving and changing. Effective December 1, 2008, I will be publishing from a new site (a hosted version of Wordpress) at a new address (www.artpetty.com) with a new name: Management Excellence. (I will send out several follow-on notes in the next few days with my polite encouragement to redirect your links and/or to visit the new site and redo your RSS feed. Also, please note that the site is not yet live, so I have not added links.)
That's a lot of "new" all at one time, so here are the particulars:
- I am consolidating two disparate sites...my blog and my business website into one site based on the powerful content management capabilities of wordpress. Maintaining two sites is no longer necessary or even advisable. I save on costs and most of all, I will save time by focusing on updating and maintaining one location.
- As narcissistic as it seems, it is good to have a simple, readily identifiable url...and www.artpetty.com is much more straightforward than either my business website or my blog's url. I still like the separate blog name and in spite of the guidance of several gurus about different names (url and blog) will proceed with the blog name of Management Excellence at www.artpetty.com.
- In spite of the challenged economy, demand is growing for my portfolio of services and I am planning on rolling out new workshops, my first of several planned e-books and a whole new resource center for use by visitors and subscribers. It makes sense to do this in one location.
- I have a great team of developers helping me out at Digisage, and we have a series of expansions planned from the basic site that will be launched on 12/1 to a much bigger and more complete portal for management best practices.
With all of that being said, I've been warned by some wildly successful bloggers who have lived through this experience that I will lose links, subscribers and readership for awhile and feel a bit like the Maytag Repairman while I am rebuilding traffic. That's fine. I am carrying over all 160 plus posts from this blog and will continue to do my best to offer practical, useful ideas as well as the occasional controversial viewpoint on what it takes to realize and sustain performance excellence.
While moving to a different platform, incorporating a new name and a new URL is a lot to do at one time, better now than later. I'll be back between this writing on 11/24/08 and 12/1/08 to keep you posted on the progress and highlight the new links and feeds.
Thanks so much for your patience during my construction phase. I'll look forward to sharing lessons-learned and hopefully help a few readers avoid my pitfalls with this process.