From day one at derekouellette.com I’ve had ridiculous behind-the-scenes technical difficulty. I’m not really an internet expert and I don’t have any friends close by who are. I’ve spent many hours on the phone with my service provider – Godaddy – and finally had enough.
In one last effort to fix the problem I devoted several (frustrating) hours on the phone with their support team this weekend when it occurred to me that both my domain name (http://derekouellette.com) and the hosting service were up for renewal this Monday (November 5). So I made the executive decision to cancel them both. I wanted to cut all ties with Godaddy and take Michael Hyatt’s advice by switching to Bluehost. Bluehost is more affordable and ethically speaking, they are one of the few (maybe the only) web service provider that refuses service to any porn-related websites. About two months ago I moved our church website to Bluehost (from Yahoo) and we are quite happy with it.
The domain derekouellette.com will be locked up somewhere until it is re-released for public sale. I hear that will take about two to four months, at which point I’ll scoop it up again and this time rather than start afresh I’ll move this blog over to the new domain.
Because I’m back to Covenant of Love I combined those who previously subscribed to this site with those who subscribed to derekouellette.com. This will allow anybody who subscribed to read my content to remain subscribed unless they choose to opt-out.
In terms of what I write about, let me share an email I received about a month ago:
I liked the substance of your initial presentation on “post-” [conservative] because it was about the real Church. Since then, your blog has inboxed a different sort of topic– fluffy, commercial, “taste culture,” celebritoid POV, Twitter-tweetish topics that I myself view as “noise, not signal.” Of course, there are those who feel a deep soulbond to all of that. But since I, by policy and habit, just delete such things on arrival to focus on what really matters, this is counterproductive for me. I thank you for your initial contribution, and I do wish you well in all of your ventures, but I am not in your tribe.
I wanted to scream, “yes, you are my tribe!” But then I remembered I wanted to target a wider audience. That I was attempting to refocus and find a different tribe. But then I was giving away a book on what it means to be “post-conservative” which, of course, does not target that wider audience. My blog was sending a confusing message which really was a reflection of the struggle inside of me. Should I write on ” fluffy, commercial, “taste culture,” celebritoid POV, Twitter-tweetish topics,” or should I write about things I feel are more life changing and thought-provoking. I was sad that so many people I know refused to read this blog because they felt it was simply too deep or too controversial for them.
Finding my niche has been difficult for me. And finding my way has been a roller-coaster.