It’s time yet again for another season of change. Here’s a rundown of what’s been going on here recently and what you can expect in the future.
A new design
TheBacklight.com has been redesigned. The site is now responsive and mobile-friendly. You can read it on your mobile phone or tablet. There are still some formatting issues and I’m still tweaking some other things that I’m not happy with, but the big stuff has been taken care of.
A change of direction
The Backlight has gone through a few different phases in its two-year history. I’ll spare you the details because they don’t matter at this point, but the tagline of The Backlight is now “Ideas for Digital Publishers.” What does this mean, exactly? Well, I’ll essentially be documenting trends and things that I see in the digital publishing space, including blogging, ebook publishing, infoproduct creation, and mobile content consumption. Blog posts will be shorter and more frequent; I’m thinking 2–3 times a week.
A resurrected product
Infographic Academy is back! Infographic Academy is all about how you can learn how to create your own infographics. Those who joined last year can login with their same information. More content has been added. It’s been refined. There’s now an affiliate program. It’s an all-around better product. This also means that I’ll be posting original infographics to The Backlight more often.
More to come
In the coming weeks, I’ve got a lot to announce and share. I will likely be creating a magazine (that will be free for newsletter subscribers, so sign up in the blog’s sidebar now). I’m going to dive into podcasting yet again. I’ll be releasing a new product of a type that I’ve had no experience with before. I’ll write about a 4-figure blog sale I made last month. I’ll talk about why Tumblr deleted my account. And I’ll write about some mobile apps that I’ve been working on.
And it’s been an exciting time personally. Last week I moved from Mexico City (my home for the previous two months) to San Miguel de Allende (4 hours north of Mexico City), which has to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I’ve been uploading my photos to Flickr, so check them out and check back often if that interests you.