Tiny House Websites Shutting Down

Summary

  1. I’m shutting down my tiny house websites and selling-off the domain names. I’ll continue to post my tiny house designs (and other work) here at michaeljanzen.com.
  2. This is the last chance to get my downloadable tiny house plans & SketchUp files. After October 15, 2019 they will no longer be available anywhere online. In the future, I will only publish tiny house plans in print.
  3. The Tiny House Design & Living email newsletter will also be ending on October 15, 2019. If you want to continue to follow me, please subscribe to michaeljanzen.com.

Full Story

This has been brewing for a while. Over the last 5 years I’ve watched the landscape of blogging, social media, and online marketing completely transform for the worse – for me.

In 2008, I launched my website Tiny House Design. I did it mostly as therapy & fun, but it quickly turned into a side income. By 2014 I was making as much running that website as I was at my day job.

But then tons of things changed. Facebook stopped sharing posts with people that followed fanpages, YouTube stopped paying ad royalties to small channels, and online advertising took a major downturn. I tried a bunch of things to turn things around without much success.

Today, that website business has failed – probably mainly due to my resistance to adapt in ways that I wasn’t willing to do, like: get spammy, post paid content, do sponsored product reviews, take on sponsors, charge for memberships, or ask for support on patreon.

All those options would probably make good business sense, but for me, they would feel like a huge compromise. So instead, I’m going to go back to just having fun sharing my designs for my enjoyment and yours. I’ll be doing that right here. To follow along subscribe by email.

Books & Plans

I will still design some tiny houses but the plans I’ll publish the plans in print. They will be available on Amazon in book format, probably starting in 2020.

After October 15th, 2019 I’m no longer offering downloadable plans mainly due the tiresome job of fighting all the copyright theft. It’s no fun to fight these crooks; it doesn’t make me happy, and it’s virtually impossible to stop them because electronic documents as so easy to steal, reproduce, and republish.

So, if you want any of my downloadable tiny house plans (including the SketchUp files) you can find them a TinyHouseDesign.com until October 15th.

I have more books planed. I’m currently working on a second edition of Tiny House Floor Plans. I hope to publish it before the end of 2019.

Tiny House Website Shutdown

Running multiple websites is a costly and time consuming job. Since it’s not working as a business anymore it’s hard to justify the expense.

But it does make sense to consolidate all my work under one website, and it makes even more sense to just use michaeljanzen.com as that website. I’ve not blogged here in years, but it feels good to completely start over fresh here for all the right reasons.

If you’d like to buy my tiny house domain names, you can find tinyhouseliving.com and tinyhousedesign.com available for sale at Sedo.com.

Stencils on Etsy

I’m going to continue to make my tiny house design stencils available on Etsy for now.

Subscribe to MichaelJanzen.com

Part of the costly expense of running a website is paying for an email service. I’ve found a free option, but I can’t transfer all my subscribers to the new service.

So, if you want to continue to follow me, subscribe to my free email newsletter. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. These social links are to my personal profiles – not the old Tiny House Design accounts.

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