I've used booking apps for a few years to make it easy to either find time to catch up with someone or to help make it simple for people to connect with me. They're great, but one of the challenges is remembering the URL. I started keeping a list of these, so I didn't have to ask my friends for their Calendly link. A few months ago, I moved apps from Calendly to SavvyCal, and I'm a big fan.
One of the things I've wondered about is how many friends look for my old Calendly link? And what happens if I decide to move back or switch to a different scheduling app in a couple of years?
I was poking around my Ghost admin panel and was reminded I can add a redirects file! My gears started turning, and I thought it'd be cool to add a redirect from my domain so that it's easy to remember and portable to other scheduling apps if I move in the future.
I used the .json formatting. Each redirect needs its own entry.
You can set up something similar if you have your own domain or use Bitly or another link shortener. The one downside to link shorteners is they've been abused, and many people don't trust shortened links.
If you want to get your own website, Ghost has a new starter plan where you can host a site on your own domain for $15/month or $108 for a year. It's a great way to help grow your career and help people stay in touch.
I'd love to hear from you if you use this idea to improve your scheduling workflow, and if I can help sort out any redirect questions, hit me up on Twitter @shanerice.