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A Tough Decision Has Been Made

At some point throughout these past two weeks, I decided to move forward with an idea that hurts to even think about. To keep things short and to the point, I've made the decision to close Di Franco University and rethink my content distribution strategies. This happens to fall directly in line with one of my goals for 2018, and that's to focus more on my website work. Perhaps it's meant to be, then?

I should clarify, however, that Di Franco University and its content isn't completely disappearing. In fact, a good majority of it is staying intact. The content itself is simply moving to a new home — my personal website! Instead of having to jump back and forth between two websites that are quite similar, why not consolidate things into one platform? You can now view all the Articles and Courses I've put together on one website. I'm thinking this is the direction I should've taken in the beginning.

It should be no secret by now that I've completely redesigned my personal website, which is the website you're viewing at the moment. Of course, the merger had a lot to do with that. I wanted to put together a new look that is familiar to the Di Franco University crowd, but also easy to navigate for those who have gotten used to browsing my personal content. In other words, not that much has changed.

For the time being, I'm looking to keep things simple. That should quickly become obvious once you begin to explore the website. An all-new My Work page has been created. Rather than splitting up my work by content type, everything is now displayed on a single page. From photography and videos to my newest websites, learning more about me and what I do is easier than ever.

And speaking of making things easier, the Resources page has been updated with some visual tweaks — including bulleted lists of particular features I enjoy most about website builders, YouTube tools, and more. If you ever find yourself stuck when looking to create a project, simply reference this page for a lending hand. It's there to help!

Making such a tough decision like this hasn't been easy. If anything, it's a risk that I am willing to take. My personal brand is very important to me, so I'm excited to see where this takes me.

And finally, none of this is made possible without your support. I trust the community has my back along the way. Here's to taking the next big step.

Experimental Project: Nintendo Switch Today

Not too long ago in a vlog, I mentioned that I had purchased an existing website with the hopes of turning it into my own. While the process took a little longer than I originally anticipated, I'm excited to unveil what I have been working on. It's called Nintendo Switch Today.

Nintendo Switch Today is a website all about the Nintendo Switch and the community of gamers behind it. The website has a very simple media-rich approach that is currently broken down into four categories:

Games  |  Blog  |  Setups  |  Screenshots

When I purchased Nintendo Switch Today from its original owner, the website only featured a blog. I knew I wanted to do something more unique — something that stood out from other Switch fansites. But at the same time, I knew the blog needed to stay. After all, having some form of dynamic content tends to help a new website grow and mature.

And then it hit me. What if Nintendo Switch Today had a heavy emphasis on displaying interesting images submitted by the community? The Switch console just happens to have a dedicated screenshot button, so why not? And thus the website was born.

Getting into details, let's break down Nintendo Switch Today and see what's going on.

GAMES

If you're ever curious about all the physical games that are currently available for the Switch, this is the page to visit. All games are displayed in a nice grid-like fashion, each title linked to its respective page on Amazon. See something you like? Simply click the box art, buy it on Amazon, and you're done.

Of course, it's worth noting that Nintendo Switch Today is participating in the Amazon Associates program. In other words, any sales that are generated via the website, I receive a small commission in return. These websites of mine can't be run for free, so this is my way of supporting myself. And besides, it's better than displaying annoying ads that can ruin the experience.

BLOG

The blog is easily the most important aspect of Nintendo Switch Today. Much like TekSocial back in the day, this blog is completely powered by the community. Writers are free to submit content of any kind, just as long as it relates to the Switch. From game news to reviews, this blog features it all.

If you're interested in writing for Nintendo Switch Today, click here to submit your writer application. In an effort to preserve the quality of the blog's content, not all writers can be accepted. Please keep grammar and composition in mind when applying.

SETUPS

Do you by chance remember an old website of mine called TekSetups? Let me know in the comments. I'm curious as to how many of you have been around for the long haul. It's about time I bring that idea back.

Setups is a gallery dedicated to displaying photos of Switch setups sent in by the community. Currently, the gallery is featuring only six, all of which were brought over from the WordPress version of the website. Now that Nintendo Switch Today is officially live, the gallery should grow in no time.

Submit your Switch setup photo here.

SCREENSHOTS

Saving screenshots seems to be quite popular amongst Switch players, and for good reason. It's just so easy to do. If you have a neat screenshot that you would like to share with the world, you can do so here.

Screenshots are currently displayed on a single page. However, if Nintendo Switch Today grows fast enough, screenshots will eventually be divided per game title. But for now, players have the option of at least having their name listed with each screenshot.

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There you have it — Nintendo Switch Today is real. However, there is one very important thing that I have to make clear... This new website is purely an experiment and has nothing to do with any other projects of mine. It's a website that I will closely watch and see how it performs.

It's worth noting that I did purchase one year of hosting upfront, so that alone is kind of my safety net. The website is guaranteed to be live for at least the next 12 months. If by then I decide it's worth keeping, then so be it. But until then, it's up to you to make that happen.

So, let's get the party started. Submit a few Switch screenshots, get inspiration from setup photos, and consider applying for the community blog. Nintendo Switch Today is all about you, the Switch gamer.