4 years of empfire.info
31st Mar 2015
I registered empfire.info sometimes in March 2011. I can’t remember the exact date, but now is as good as ever to celebrate 4 years of empfire.
I initially set up empfire as a photoblog. I finally had a bank card and enough money to buy a domain, but I was a little bit too attach to my adopted domain to make a full move to empfire, hence why it was a photoblog for a year (and that’s why the copyright says 2012 😉 ).
My adopted domain was called Imperfect Angel. It shared the name with a lesbian porn site (according to Google) but I loved it anyway because it was my first domain, even though I didn’t buy it.
I moved to empfire when my image host at Imperfect Angel (TinyPic) decided to delete all my images, and my host forgot to renew the domain. I was lucky to have empfire as a backup.
As you can tell from some of the past layouts featured above, empfire once featured visitors content and tutorials. I first got rid of the visitors page, because I honestly don’t think people cared for icons and blends anymore. I then removed tutorials, and I’m still not sure why. It seemed like people didn’t want them any more. But now bloggers are getting into coding and Photoshop, it seems like they’d be pretty useful again. Maybe this a feature I will bring back.
If you take a look at my archive page you will see that a lot of the older posts have interesting, non SEO friendly titles. Fun fact: they are almost all titles of song or lyrics. If you can guess which album that 90% of the song titles/lyrics are from you can have a virtual pat on the back [1. Answer: Quadrophenia.].
I started getting serious about my blog about a year ago. By serious I mean posting more than once a month and writing more than just about my life and sharing all my moans and groans with my visitors. It’s been a really change for me, and sometimes finding inspiration hasn’t been easy, but I’m glad I changed the focus of my blog.
I love what empfire has done for me. Empfire has given me opportunities to go to blogging events, which in turn has made me more confident as a person and has helped me to deal with my anxiety issues. Empfire is one of the reasons why I landed my current job. Empfire has taught me that you should follow your dreams in life, and don’t let anyone try to stop you, or tell you what you are doing won’t work.
I don’t want to be a full-time blogger, but I do want to develop my coding/design skills further, and maybe one day start my own web design/consultancy business.
Who knows what the next 4 years of empfire (or my offline life) hold for me. I’m looking to what the future holds.