I’ve always wanted to build out a site with a colophon. It’s a great way to publicly call-out how the site was constructed and what resources I’ve used. (It’s also appropriate to give credit where it’s due.)


I used to write a lot. I started on LiveJournal long before I met my wife, long before I was gainfully employed — easily 20 years ago?

I digress.

I moved from LiveJournal to Tumblr to self-hosted WordPress. I was running the Sports Cartel Blog Network and had set up about 90 WordPress team blogs for contracted writers, so just pushed all of my writing onto a self-hosted WordPress site. It was easy, it was infinitely customizable. So naturally, I was hooked.

I wrote – always weekly, sometimes daily – for about 10 years. Then, I lost just about everything in a move from one of those shared hosting providers to AWS, where I had to start over, from scratch. You are reading the latest iteration of the site now: a move to Digital Ocean for cloud hosting.

I’m taking this opportunity to ditch a lot of the personal content on the blog — the photos of my kids, vacations, house projects, etc. — and instead focus on User Experience, Customer Experience, and Product Development writing. I’ve moved all of my personal writing to Day One, an excellent macOS/iOS/iPadOS diary application.



  • This website is hosted on a Digital Ocean droplet running Ubuntu 18.04.
  • I am using a SSL certificate from LetsEncrypt to secure traffic.
  • Stephenbolen.com and Bolen.co were both registered at Namecheap.
  • The site runs on WordPress.

Media & Photography

  • Homepage cockpit controls image photo by Dan Lohmar on Unsplash. Thanks, Dan – I love the clean type of the control labels; just a wonderful composition.
  • Blog fountain pen image photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash. Even though it’s a Pilot Metropolitan Fine Nib pen, it’s still a great photo!
  • Privacy Policy header image photo by Lianhao Qu on Unsplash. Brilliant illustration of the surveillance that we’re all under.
  • Colophon tools header image photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash. These tools are all vintage and cool, which is exactly what I hope people say about me.
  • Contact page header image photo by Sergi Kabrera on Unsplash