I decided to change this blog’s URL from the previous sail2software.com domain to my default github user page of scotte.github.io. I did some trickery so old permalinks to the old domain get redirected to the new domain and new permalink URLs - so as long as I renew sail2software.com, those old permalinks that are embeded in random places around the internet will still work.

Why did I make this change? A couple of reasons:

  • Simplicity, for one. Github pages makes it so darn easy to publish static blogs with Jekyll, and while it’s easy enough to use a custom domain, it’s one less thing I ultimately have to maintain now.

  • Although I initially thought the name sail2software was somewhat catchy, over time I grew less fond of it. Ultimately, this is a space of various personal thoughts and reference, it’s not a company or organization - so might as well just associate it directly with myself. It doesn’t matter how tired I am with my name, it’s my name. :-)

  • Having a CNAME on a user page forces all project github pages for a particular github user to use that CNAME (they are relative URLs off it). I found this a bit annoying, and while I could have just used a project page with a CNAME (which is what I was doing before), I just sort of decided to use my user project page, so I went with it.

  • The internet is polluted with a lot of vanity domain names. In the end, I don’t think a custom domain ends up resulting in any more traffic - I guess I’ll find out!

Why is scotte.github.io OK, where sail2software.blogspot.com (the default blogger domain back when this was a blogger site)? I don’t really have a good answer for that. It is a bit shorter, I guess, but there’s more to it in there somewhere.

One consequence of this change is that when I re-imported all the disqus comments they lost some of the info - all the comments (what few there are) still exist, but user info is now a bit more generic. Oh well…

Now that I’ve had a couple of days on straight Jekyll, I am super super happy I made the switch off Octopress. I no longer have to run rake commands to do anything, or manage the separate deployment branch that it uses. I just push to master and the rest is magic, I don’t have to do anything else. Love that!

"The more that things change the more they stay the same" - RUSH Circumstances