It took a couple months since I first mentioned it, but I finally got around to changing the layout on this site a little bit. For the most part I’m still very happy with the theme I’m using, I just felt it was time for a change. All I really did was simplify the header area and make the background white, I left everything else the same, but it looks a lot better to me. And as always, I’d like to thank Emmalina for living in a completely different timezone than me so I can ask for second opinions when I work on crap like this at random hours. It’s currently 4am and I’ll probably end up staying up all night.
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After doing 30 Days of Creativity in June, July was basically spent forgetting how to run a blog. Now it’s August and I’m determined to force myself back into blogging regularly so I don’t turn into Emmalina, little Miss Never Blogs Anymore.
It’s a good thing I chose this month to get back on track considering it’s my blog’s birthday! Yesterday to be exact. My blog is now a year old. I hadn’t even realized it till I looked at my archives, time sure flies sometimes. I think for my blog’s birthday present, I’ll give it a makeover, I’ve had this layout pretty much the entire year. I still like it, but it could stand to be at least a little different.
Here’s a list of my favorite blog entries and memories from the past year of blogging:
- When Mom and I first went to the OC Fair and I conquered my fear of heights for the day.
- Blogging about my irrational fears of baboons and taxis.
- Everything I can remember from when I was in kindergarten.
- A list of 100 things that make me happy.
- My roadtrip to Solvang, CA with Mom.
- One of my favorite memories with my paternal grandfather.
- Basically all my crafts posts.
- Visiting the “Murder House” from American Horror Story after finding out it’s close by.
- The time I was bitchslapped by a goose.
- Remembering Roger, TheDispatcher from YouTube.
- That time I got free stuff from Pentel.
- When I kept a dream journal for a month.
- The time I got to hold a millipede.
So, I’ve begun a new website. A new blog, to be exact. The reason behind this new blog is probably going to be a little confusing, so I’ll start from the beginning, because trying to explain it quickly won’t sound like much more than “Because I wanted to.”
I’ve been blogging since I was a teenager, being part of a few different sites and eventually joining Livejournal — back when you needed a code (called a token) given from an existing member to start your own account — and becoming an actual blogger instead of just bitching about schoolmates or posting rigged results to surveys like “What color underpants are you?” or “What character from Invader Zim are you?”
I say they were rigged because, admit it, we ALL chose the answers we knew would get the result we wanted, not the answers that could actually describe our personality.
I don’t know the exact year I’d joined Livejournal, but it was in the late 90′s. In 2003 I registered heatherface.com, then changed my Livejournal name to Heatherface. Eight years later, I’m known as Heatherface almost all over the internet — which is almost embarrassing to admit since some of those accounts have been around since the dawn of time.
I still own heatherface.com and sort of use it, but for some reason, I’ve never gotten the hang of blogging on that site despite numerous attempts, including two abandoned daily photo projects because I stupidly kept trying to post photos I’d taken that day, and that doesn’t go well if you don’t actually do anything that day, so the blog became a chore.
So heatherface.com has become a catch-all where I let people know “Hey I made a new vlog,” or “Hey I painted my nails again.” I’ve officially given up trying to blog there other than my nail art, that blog is actually going really well. As for Livejournal, well… I’m not going to get into what happened, honestly because I’m tired of talking about it at this point, but I no longer feel that I can just openly talk on there, almost as if I found out my grandmother reads it and I’m forced to actually watch what I say. I realized that if I’m going to be censoring my thoughts and making sure I don’t air dirty laundry on the internet, I might as well have a public blog.
And there, finally, is where this blog comes into play. I had a free URL from my hosting plan anyway, so I might as well use it. And if I’m going to have another URL, I might as well use it for a public blog. I’m not entirely sure what I plan to do here, but I’ve finally decided to stop hiding behind a locked Livejournal and have an actual blog that even my mother could read if she wanted to.
And in conclusion, you can now see why the short answer is “Because I wanted to.” Because starting a new blog, especially on a brand new website, is the electronic equivalent of buying a new paper journal and that’s one of my favorite feelings.