You may have noticed some changes in my blog as of today–I’ve been streamlining things. I got rid of old widgets/plugins that I don’t use, added an Instagram widget, a new Pinterest Widget and some tools to help me add some spice around here!
I’ve also done away with the “favorite links” page and the “digi scrap” page. Both were pretty much useless, because my favorite links change all the time, and digital scrapbooking is something that I do, but not very well. It didn’t make a lot of sense to keep those pages. I did add something new however–I’ve decided to take a year long course in art journaling–you can read about it and see my beginning work here. I haven’t gotten completely uncreative in the digital arena, but some definite gear switching has occurred and I love it!
In the past this blog has been many things to me–recipe repository, brag book about my sons, photo archive and with the “Day Book” posts, a small peek at my life on occasion. This year I’ll be changing things up a bit. I’ll be sending ‘postcards’ on occasion from my AJC adventures; more of my geeky personality will be coming through–the real uncensored me–not the cleaned up version I put on Facebook. I am after all a real person. I am not happy all the time. Most of the time I am, but people, places and things irritate me just like everyone else. While I am a very positive person overall, sometimes I just need to vent. Surely some of my readers out there can relate to that.
I debate–does posting only happy or benign topics make a person fake? Or does it just give readers a “happy place” to visit? It doesn’t mean that I will be super negative necessarily, but I would like to acknowledge my cranky side (think Lucy from Peanuts) and my sarcastic side and the days I laugh at things that “I know I’ll burn in hell” for laughing at them(case in point, the Anne Frank Twitter feed). I’ve always refrained from posting on politics and religion here. I will probably continue to avoid those topics because they are incredibly divisive and I’m a live and let live kind of gal.
Oh…and I don’t want to have to post a picture constantly. Good gravy. I have no idea how some of these people who blog daily can post fabulous pictures all the time. I’m sorry, I’m too busy to think about it (not that others aren’t busy…but it’s not a priority on my mind). When I do think about it, my family mocks me for taking pictures of every.little.thing. for my blog. My mother still can’t figure out why I blog at all. And honestly, I can’t give her an answer, other than I enjoy it! She’s intensely private–to the point of being militant–I on the other hand, while I don’t let it all hang out, don’t mind if my ass is hanging in the breeze where everyone can see it. I’m going to live my life regardless of the gossip mill, and I have no problem speaking my mind, so no worries right? I’m not rude on purpose mind you–I do consider people’s feelings, but I will call a spade a spade. Sometimes this backfires. Oh what fun times those are.
Anyhow, that’s it for now. Oh, and for those of you who’ve been wondering (and I know it’s the foremost question on everybody’s mind, haha), I do call my house Autumn House at Toad Hill. It’s my little homage to my Anne of Green Gables fantasy, where I live in a house like Ingleside–a house large enough to name. I actually do live in a house large enough to name–at least I think so. However I am not sure if people who live in town do that. They do at Bayview over in Petoskey, but that’s an entire enclave of huge Victorian homes. Oh well…forever being “unique” (haha Tammy!), I named my damn house. And I live in town. And people probably think I’m pretentious and crazy. But I don’t care.
How do ya like me now? (Haha not really, I just thought that would be a good sassy comment to close with.)