How migrating from WordPress to Hugo has helped me refocus and enjoy blogging again

It’s been one month since I migrated from WordPress to Hugo. In my original post, I mentioned some of the immediate benefits of migrating: I saved money, performance went up, and I was totally geeking out about getting to learn new skills. It was all about the tech, really. Today, I want to reflect on some of the less obvious benefits and how migrating has had a positive impact on me this past month 😊

I think I can summarize it in one sentence:

I enjoy blogging again because I’ve taken back control of my website.

That sounds a bit strange, doesn’t it? I mean, this has always been my website and I have always been in control of it. But what I’ve realized is that for many years, WordPress and its features and plugins shaped how I used - and didn’t use - my blog.

I can’t and I don’t really blame WordPress. This is mostly about my habits and thought processes and how I started changing them. However, that change only happened because I migrated to a new blogging platform. It was only after I started using Hugo that I realized how I could do things differently.

So what’s different now?

Improve Your Presentation Skills by Rehearsing with PowerPoint Presenter Coach

Did you know that PowerPoint can help you improve your presentation skills? 💡 If you rehearse with the PowerPoint Presenter Coach, you can get real-time feedback on things like your pace and language. If that’s too distracting (it is for me), you can choose to hide the real-time feedback and only view the detailed report at the end of your rehearsal.

PowerPoint Presenter Coach rehearsal report and live feedback examples.

The report shows you details about the total time spent, your pace and pitch over time, whether or not you are simply reading from your slides, as well as actionable feedback on your language. The feedback includes whether you are using too many filler words (like umm, actually, or you know), whether you are using too many repetitive words with alternatives you can use instead, whether you are using any words that can be offensive, and specific sentences that you can refine.

The PowerPoint Presenter Coach works on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and in PowerPoint online 🥳 However, it currently only understands English. Let’s hope it will learn new languages soon!

Keynote at Data Saturday Oslo 2021

On Saturday, September 4th, 2021, I will deliver the keynote at Data Saturday Oslo 2021: “I can’t keep up!” - Turning Discomfort into Personal Growth in a Fast-Paced World. My feelings can be summarized in this series of emojis: 😱🤩🤯🤓🥳 I’m freaking out, absolutely honored, can’t really believe this is real, super excited, and very much looking forward to it!

Data Saturday Oslo 2021 viking ship logo.

Goodbye WordPress, Hello Hugo!

Long story short: I’ve been working intensely on my website for about a month. After a couple of years of thinking about moving away from Wordpress, I finally did it! I’m so excited and so happy to be up and running on a brand new platform. Hello Hugo! 🤓

Person standing next to a computer displaying Cathrine Wilhelmsen’s logo next to the Hugo logo.

What’s new!?

For you, very little has changed. You may notice a few things, like:

  • New dark theme available! (Click the button in the menu to switch between themes 👆🏻)
  • Improved performance, especially on mobile devices
  • Comments are gone

For me, everything has changed:

  • Saved money by eliminating expensive web hosting
  • Complete control of all functionality and code
  • Access to local development environment
  • New workflow using Hugo, GitHub and Netlify

This has been a massive project for me. I’ve worked day and night for weeks, I’ve learned new concepts and technologies and coding languages, and I’ve loved every minute of it 🤓