Frank Chimero’s New Website and Owning Your Content

Before reading, go check out frankchimero.com. I won’t feel bad if you don’t come back.

It doesn’t have his portfolio there yet. But it has so much else to explore that explains his process and influences.

It’s got a few elements I’ve toyed with on this site, like links and quotes. But I love the idea of the library, the music stream and the clips photo feed.

But all of those details aside, I love the idea of him building a place for himself. Frank referred to it as Internet Homesteading a few months ago when he mentioned working on a new website.

I keep the links and quotes feeds on this site, not for other people to come and click the links or be inspired by the quotes, but more as an archive for myself of things I want to remember and store somewhere for myself to reference later.

I have a Pinterest, a tumblr, a Twitter, a Facebook, an Instapaper, and countless other places to store the things I find online. But all of those are controlled and designed by other people. And anything I put in one of those places is not guaranteed to stay there or stay mine. If 90% of their users want to change the way something works, I have no say.

I want to create a place where I can chronicle the things I find useful or inspirational, organize them however I want, add whatever details I want and design their output however I want.

After seeing Frank’s take on the concept, it makes me really want to go back and work on this more. I’ve created simple custom post types to house each section – work projects, reading/links and quotes. I’d like to revisit these with more of a plan behind them. When I first created them, it was really an experiment to learn how to build custom post types with custom fields. They were cobbled together from the beginning, and I’m surprised they’ve worked for this long.

So I’m going to rebuild those sections a little bit and make a solid foundation to safely contain those things I need to remember. And I might add a couple more rooms to keep more things I want to catalog on here, like music or food.

So here’s to owning your content online (internet hoarding) and filling up your house with things you love.