I’ve been making a lot of changes to the blog the past several months, all of which are in the background of what you experience. Most of what I’ve been doing is making the site easier for search engines to know what the content is.
However, one of things I’m doing is moving the blog aspect, or the information aspect of the site to the forefront. In doing that, I’m changing all of the link addresses. For 99% of my blog articles, the address was along the lines of https://blog.oilslickcoffee.com/yyyy/mm/dd/some title/. Now all links will be https://oilslickcoffee.com/some category/some title/.
For years my main page (http://oilslickcoffee.com) was a Shopify online storefront (now legacy.oilslickcoffee.com) that I used to sell roasted coffee. However, I stopped selling roasted coffee five years ago when my wife and I moved to Singapore. When we moved, I hoped to start a roasting business in Singapore and pick up where I left off in Virginia. But starting a business in Singapore as an expat is difficult and costly. And while I was working through how to do that, I decided to focus on learning everything I could about the supply side of the coffee industry, which meant less about roasting coffee and more about growing and processing coffee.
In the early days of blogs, it was considered best-practice to have the date an article was published in your link-address but that has changed and now search engines prefer a more human-readable, simple link-address. I’ve resisted the change because I have a lot of traffic coming in from external sites like forums that have links I can’t easily update.
But I’ve recently found a way to easily redirect traffic destined to those old links to the new ones. And while I can’t change most of the original links in forum posts made by other people, I can leave the redirects in place so that readers still reach the content they are looking for.
What this means for you
Hopefully the ride will be smooth and largely transparent to you. However, I may have missed a link or broken something somewhwere. If you find that’s the case and you can’t locate an article or piece of information on the site, contact me.