Welcome to the new FortySeven Media
Today I’m introducing a leaner, meaner FortySeven Media. I know what you’re thinking. I kind of already did that a while back when Nate jumped off to start his own adventure. True. But not much changed after he left.
I was transitioning into radically different life traveling with my family full time and didn’t have the mental space to reboot the company, too. A guy’s brain can only handle so many changes at once.
And then when I was finally ready to start thinking about rebooting the company, I realized I wasn’t ready at all. How do you take something that was built with your best friend and make it your own? I’ll tell you how. You just ignore it because you’re scared to death you’ll screw it up.
Then you man up, put your big boy pants on and get to work. Because sitting around trying not to screw something up is the dumbest excuse for not doing anything I’ve ever heard.
Anyway. I had to get way out of my comfort zone, dig deep and wrestle to understand what this company looks like with just me at the helm.
Sitting around trying not to screw something up is the dumbest excuse for not doing anything I’ve ever heard.
It took a while (and it wasn't easy), but I’m finally emerging on the other side with a clear vision! It’s pretty simple and I wanted to share it with you:
Focus on what I love to do
That means branding, designing and building websites, and working with clients long term, helping them to do well and grow their own business. I know, doesn't sound that different. But sometimes saying it out loud helps
Don’t try to do anything else
Nate was great at photography and video, but that’s not something I’ll be focusing on in the future.
Expand my development knowledge
We’ve traditionally used ExpressionEngine to build content managed sites - and while it’s still a great platform, there are newer, more modern and exciting CMS’s that have finally matured to the point that I can recommend them. I’m focusing on Craft CMS, and have spent the last couple of months learning the ropes. I don’t want to be pegged as a shop that focuses on one technology. I even rebuilt my family’s travel adventure blog with Craft to see how it compares. Spoiler alert - it can hold it’s own and then some.
Make consulting official
I’ve realized through this whole process that I really love helping clients though issues - whether they are technical or business related. It’s something I’ve always done as part of our projects, but it was never “official.” After years of teaching other web shops how to streamline processes, be more profitable and grow their companies, I feel like it’s time. The consulting arm of FortySeven Media is officially open for business!
This new site really is 'me'. I hope you love it as much as I do. Seriously.
So that’s my vision moving forward. And to go with that I’m launching a new version of the FortySeven Media site. It’s unlike anything we’ve done before. It’s not overly retro, grungy, or texture-filled. It’s simple, streamlined and uncluttered. It’s less about flashiness and more about readability and usability. It also represents the change my family and I have gone through the last year - simplifying our lives and reassessing priorities. This new site really is “me.” I hope you love it as much as I do.
In a future post I’ll be digging into the actual design and code details, but all of this started with a “why,” and not a design. As it should be
Also, this is just the beginning. Stay tuned because I’m launching a really awesome project soon. You’re gonna want to be a part of it.