31 October, 2008
I seem to have missed my own Blogiversary. I took my first, tentative steps into blogging on October 9, 2003.
...and then had an attack of "this will suck and everyone will laugh at me and think I'm an idiot" and I pulled the whole thing (and put up the "maintenance" page that sat there for 15 months).
There may be some who argue that I maybe should have left the maintenance page in place, LOL!
Thinking Out Loud has been going through some...I don't know, growing pains or something, lately. I've often said that moving through the world when you have a blog is a lot like always wondering if your fly is open. I know I've become a lot more self-conscious, especially in the last several months as I'm finding myself facing the age-old struggle of having a blog that people that I communicate with through my day job are finding. While I take great pains to not talk about work, except in the most general sense, there are going to be people who find things on my blog objectionable and counter to what they think my views on life should be, given my client list.
But I don't want this to be a Cat Blog, either. So, I hope you all will bear with me while I figure out what the next five years of Thinking Out Loud are going to be like.
In a little under two hours, I'll begin Year Four of my participation in National Novel Writing Month. The plan, right now, is that I'll get a couple of hours of novel writing in before collapsing in bed for a few hours, then get back to work tomorrow. The other part of the plan for this weekend is to get out as far ahead as I can, since my social calendar is starting to fill out (why does everyone plan these great parties and show openings during NaNoWriMo???).
A couple of weeks ago I read through last year's novel, trying to figure out where I was going to go with this year's. As usual, I'd read a few pages and think, "It's not as bad as I thought it was!" and then I'd read further and think, "Oh my GAWD! It's even worse than I thought!" Good or bad, I did discover that I wrote myself a good jumping-off point for this year's novel, so I have some idea of what Jade Oolong's adventure is going to be.
So, I have 1:45 left to take care of a few other things before I get stuck in on my 50,000-word
brick novel. And, just to make it more challenging, Simon has volunteered to drape himself over my right shoulder while I try to type. Oy vey.
So the observant among you may have noticed I've changed a few things around here. I finally dialed back the red a bit and decided to clean the design up a bit (the CSS is very bare-bones at the moment).
This design (and I use that term very very loosely) is nowhere near being finished. I still need to re-do my header logo and do more tweaking to the style sheet. But for now, it's good to go. I think. I haven't tested it outside of Firefox. If it breaks in IE or Safari (or other browsers), I may not have time to fix it until around Thanksgiving.
Anyway, I think this will be a wee bit easier on the eyes. Feedback is welcome (uh, as long as it pertains to the blog design, I should add).
21 October, 2008
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