It’s been a fair bit since my last update but I’ve been super busy with changing jobs and being super sick and snowed in. Admittedly it hasn’t been as bad as it has been for my New England friends but it’s still be a bad winter all around.
So let me cut to the heart of the matter here.
In order to further perpetuate my “federated online identity,” I’m finding that I need to move away from Google. While the domain gregfmartin.com is owned by me and registered through WordPress, the email that I’ve been using since it’s conception about twenty-seven months ago, “firstname.lastname@example.org” has been hosted via Google Apps. I was fortunate enough to get into Google Apps right at the tail end before they staggered the service and locked a lot of the feature set behind a paywall. However, now that I’m starting to post more videos to the “associated” (and I use that term loosely because if you define association by simply having an email address with it, then that’s fine) YouTube account, I’m having all kinds of trouble interacting with my audience because of higher-level admin settings that I can’t seem to change no matter what I do. Also, because I thought I could fix all of these issues by upgrading to the 30-day trial version of the full Google Apps, I’m still no closer to figuring it out than I was before. This leaves me in a bind because if I can’t fix these issues then I’m not going to pay for the service and I’ll lose my email address.
To that end, I’ve fallen back on my trusty hosting from GoDaddy. So here’s what’s going to happen in the next few months or so.
30 days from now, the email “email@example.com” is going to expire and will no longer be usable. To counter this, I’ve created the email “firstname.lastname@example.org” which will be the new email for my website and the best to reach me at. You can update your contact list now and start using that address now if you like since it’s already active. I’m doing what I can for all of my other registered-services to migrate the email to the new one.
The website “gregfmartin.com” will expire at the end of the year and will no longer be usable. Instead, you should use “gregfmartin.org” which is now usable as well. It will forward you to “gregfmartin.com” (I’ll still own this domain but I’m going to be sitting on it and having it forward to “gregfmartin.org”)
Since my YouTube Channel is still relatively small, but has a faithful bit of viewing, I’m going to have to figure out what to do with that. I’m still going to be producing content and putting it on the internet but I’m just not sure where it’s going to go right now. I’ve been eyeballing Vimeo but I need to do more research into this matter.
Nothing else changes. My Twitter is still @gregfmartin, Facebook is still gregfmartin, GitHub is still gregfmartin, etc…
Hopefully this will help cover my ass and move me in the right direction.