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Woot!! Go Lady Ada with the PM mention!
Nice article – thanks for sharing! It does bring me back to something I’ve always wondered about. I’ve been an Adafruit customer for a few years, and always wondered why you had two different websites, Adafruit and LadyAda.net. Did it just sort of evolve this way? You started the personal blog site, and then realized you needed a commerce site that the blog wasn’t really able to handle? I am thinking of starting an online business, and I’m wondering: If you had it all to do over again, would you have kept the two separate sites, or do you think now, in retrospect, that it would be better to have just one site? Thanks!
1) we’ll always have two sites, documentation as well as the store.