There are times when I continue to do things or keep things, because I have grown attached or become sentimental about what it represents, and for me, that is my website. It was my first and only website, and I created it from a blank sheet of paper, I wrote every line of HTML code, something I was very proud of. I named the site, Riding The Edge,(ridingtheedge.net) a name that was chosen to represent the content I shared on the website from all the wonderful motorcycle travels I went on with buddies Eddie Patton, Steve Lundeberg, and Rick Matson. We toured all over the west of the United States, riding through a lot of interesting places, met a lot of interesting people along the way, share hardships and the thrill of all-out adventure.
I kept the website up for many years in memory of those wonderful travels. Eventually, the content started evolving to represent my professional life as a photographer, pushing my motorcycle travel focus to the background. The site worked fine as a personal website but as an internet location to represent my professional life, it needed too much work to maintain.
I struggled for a long time to make it work, I didn't want to give up the website that had grown to represent my identity and how I looked at the world, so much so that I even made my first and only tattoo to date, my Riding The Edge logo.
A couple weeks ago I went to my ridingtheedge.net website and it didn't come up. After some investigation, I realized I hadn't hit the renew button, so it was temporarily suspended while the host company waited for payment. I was just about ready to hit the renew button when the thought occurred to me that maybe it was time to let it go. That's what I did, I found a new web host and created a more streamlined, simpler site that meets my needs better as a photographer. I'm still Riding The Edge but the photography aspect has been brought forward and now it's now www.ridingtheedgephotography.com and I no longer have to write another line of HTML. It was hard to say goodbye to my old website but I've come to realize that I didn't say goodbye to Riding The Edge, I just took it to a new place.
My new website, www.ridingtheedgephotography.com is now up if you would like to have a look.
Here is a slide show to remember some of the great times we had Riding The Edge... Cheers!
It's tough to say good bye to something you put a lot of work into. I've done this with several websites now. If it's any consolation, your new site looks great. Who are you using to host it now? The integration of a blog, gallery, and store is nice, and it all looks very clean.
12/18/2018 06:59:57 am
Thanks Jimmy, I'm still working on the site but I like how its coming together without to much fussing. My host is Weebly, pretty basic, but for what I need a website to do, it seems to be meeting my needs.
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