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21 December 2010 @ 20:33
Big Blog Changes?  

This is an update that has been long overdue, but is here at last.

It’s been a while since I first started blog-writing. The purposes of my blog-writing have evolved over time, as has my knowledge of CSS coding, using computer art and photo-editing programs, and so on, which has affected this blog as well. Now this blog has reached an ambiguous turning-point. I feel that the direction of this blog is ready to be altered a little. What began as a private, personal blog shared only with my homeschooler friends that I rarely used and had mostly to post things that inspired me like quotes or songs became a place to publicly share fashion advice, Christian commentary, book reviews and so on. I still desire to blog about these topics- but I also see the wind changing a little in the sails of this blog. I want more writing, more visuals- more article-type writing, a little more focus despite the variety I want to keep, and more fresh content. It may not be Spring yet, but it’s time to do some Spring-cleaning here and spruce things up a bit!

I’ve thought maybe I should move this blog to blogger or wordpress or someplace else, but I also have some reservations about the idea. It would be sort of a “fresh start” with new vision for this blog, but I really don‘t want to lose what I‘ve built here, so I really don‘t know!… What do ya’ll think? I’m hoping to devote much more time to writing this blog, and have more of a balance between public-centered content and content geared more toward my friends and so on, who might be interested in life goings-on. There are two life changes going on right now as well: one of my brothers will be leaving in the army very soon, and I am at the point where I don’t see some of my family as often, including those I live with, if only for the sole reason that my life is so busy! In a handful of years, I will almost certainly see even less of everyone, so a more personalized blog seems a must for keeping in touch with everybody, instead of just surfacey-Facebook. (Don’t get me wrong- I’m not against Facebook, I like to use it, but sometimes it is a hindrance rather than a help with more extended communication. Why write out something long about how you’re doing when you can see the smiley-face status your friend left?) I’m not exactly sure what all this will mean about the direction of this blog. Perhaps it will even mean password-protected posts in the future- I don’t really know. What I do know, though, is that I sense a shift, and am putting out feelers for what type of opportunities are on the horizon for this blog.. Thing. =) There is another big factor to the change: I have been really, really wanting to write more. I love writing, and it seems I scarce get the opportunity to write anymore save for a few articles here and there. Life is just too busy, but busyness is going to have to bust.

One thing that is really important to me in a blog is the aesthetics part, and sadly I‘m over-picky in that respect. ;) Also, customization. That’s a given with my artsy personality. Yet I’m also beginning to see the value of organization in categorizing posts and so on. I’ve used tags for a while now, but sometimes tags don’t make things much easier. Then there are sidebar gadgets and widgets and what-cha-ma-call-its. I really dislike that I can’t use coding with flash in the sidebar of livejournal, which is something I’d like to be able to use. I wish that my sidebar could also allow for the Google followers feature and a search bar, which could come in handy. Another thing I’d like to be able to have in a blog is additional static or non-static pages.. Maybe I’m asking a bit too much in a blog without having to pay for web-hosting, but I like to be able to do a lot of things. ;) Also, I really like being able to mess with CSS for free, and I know not all blog-hosting sites give you that option (without an extra fee, that is!). So at this point, I’m a little stuck.. There is lot’s I’d like to be able to do with a blog, and less that I’m certain I can do with any option open to me right now. Cool fonts would be a plus, too. Did I mention there is a lot I’d like to have in a blog?

We shall see! Suggestions are welcome.