Saturday, April 30, 2011

Changes Around Here

Over the next few weeks, you may notice some changes around here. It's not a major overhaul, just a bit of a spring cleaning. A freshening up. Making room for new photos, new ideas, and this next phase. I've been hoping to do a full-scale redesign and transfer to wordpress for a long time, but I simply didn't have the energy or resources before the wedding. And now that I'm realizing the scale of the project, I've given myself six months (and the possibility of bringing in help.) But I needed to get started now.  The completely out of date blogroll has been distressing me for a long time. The crowded columns and messy design physically hurt. So now that I can finally breathe again, I've begun moving things around.  I deleted my blog lists while I figure out how to update them and where they should go.  I'm deciding how to organize and add new resource lists. I'm muddling through how to make room for the next-step growth of the blog without tying the structure too closely to weddings.

This is definitely a transition time. I have my wedding recaps, of course. But after that, I have to work through the real changes. I have to figure out what this blog becomes as my focus shifts away from the wedding and towards simply living. I don't want this blog to simply limp on, unsure of what to talk about now that life is more ordinary and as my projects and goals become smaller and less lifecycle-event-universal. Without the wedding as a given topic, with all its intense analysis, the need for an emotional outlet, and the ridiculous stories along the way, I need a new structure and focus. I need a purpose, or at least an outline for weekly topics. I need a new perspective on what this space is and where my life is going. I have a few ideas and initial thoughts, but my guess is I'll have to actually try things out, and possibly flail and stumble a bit, before I find my way. I hope you'll be patient through the growing pains. If you were only here for the wedding musings, I understand and wish you all the best as you move on. It's time for me to move on too. To find new journeys and musings. 

It's big stuff. These are big questions. Today's changes are just a start. A teeny step forward by brushing away the old and making space for something new. The redesign and refocus may take a while, but I wanted to crack things open now. To clean up the dusty corners and stagnant sidebars. To let in the light.  

 Personal photo of a heat cave formed by the Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala

5 comments:

  1. Hooray for bigger pictures! Both literally and metaphorically. I can't wait to see your wedding photos, or where this adventure/blog take you. Or you take it as the case may be.

    Sometimes I feel like I'm still faltering with what to do with my blog post wedding because I still want to talk about weddings (a little) and crafty/pretty things (a lot), and big, serious life stuff too, and well, that's quite a muddle. I guess there's nothing to do but wade through it though!

    Best of luck! Pics & drinks soon! :)

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  2. I would love to see future posts on getting used to married life (I try to avoid the verb "settle") and something along the lines of "Reclaiming Wife" over on APW, but from your personal perspective rather than general writing by various guest contributors. That's universal, too, even though it's not a clearly defined milestone.

    And blogs change focus all the time, as you know! Mine went from "travel/personal" to "women's issues in Asia" and I'm not quite sure when or how I made the switch, but there it is!

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  3. I am really glad to hear that you are going to keep on writing here and finding a new focus. I enjoy your perspective immensely, and it would be disappointing if you stopped blogging.

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  4. Gah, I so know that feeling of disorganization that can come with staring at the same blog for too long. Mine is driving me crazy with no time/skill/money to make it hot-to-death fabulous.

    However, I am glad to know that you will keep writing. I've been curious about that and am so pleased to hear you'll be exploring the next writing direction. I'll definitely be following along whichever direction you need to go in!

    Welcome Home!
    L.

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  5. Glad to hear you'll be continuing the blog and moving on from solely wedding talk! I started reading your blog for the wedding talk but I love your writing and your insight on life and relationships. It won't be too long before I emerge from the wedding bubble myself and I'm glad to hear your blog can accompany me!

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