When I started blogging seven years ago, the blogosphere was very different. A blog was an online journal, a diary. If you had a lot to rant about in real life, your blog would be full of rants. If you had nothing going on in your life, your blog would be full of meaningless blather. The average blogger didn’t give much thought to presentation and promotion back then. It was always about what you had to say.
Things have changed. Today, blogs are carefully curated, prepared, promoted—ironically enough, whether or not you even create your own original content. There are simply things you need to do, that I hadn’t been doing. Some things make perfect sense to me; other things, like reblogging and reposting, just… don’t (yet).
So consider this a bit of housekeeping that’s been long overdue. I’ve put some new things in place, first of which is the About page. Even if you’ve been reading my blog for a long time and feel you know me pretty well, read it anyway! You just might find out a few things you don’t already know about me. Like what the heck a Currystrumpet is, for example.
It was hard to write an About page for myself! To describe myself as a “lifestyle” blog or a “travel” blog would have been very neat and handy, but I don’t think I quite fit into either of those categories. Still, I’ve written something I’m happy with, and that I think sums up me and my blog pretty well. Holler if you agree!
It was fun choosing a picture. This was taken shortly after my 30th birthday, in Istanbul. Our host Suzan had this gorgeous traditional Maltese balcony with a leather wing chair that just screamed to be posed in.
The second new addition is the Welcome note on the right-hand column, essentially a shorter version of the About page. Below it, you’ll now find links to my Twitter and Pinterest accounts. Follow away!
Finally, I’ve organized my Blogroll and moved it to a separate page. I’ve realized that I have a) so many fun and interesting friends who blog, and b) great blogs that I’ve discovered but kept to myself. So starting this January, I will feature one blog per month from my Blogroll as my “blog of the month.” Just sharing the love, y’all.
Do you like the new About page and the “blog of the month” idea? What kind of things do you want to see more of on this blog in the New Year? Hit the comments and let me know.