Let’s pretend I wasn’t dead for the past few months, yeah?
A new year calls for something new, and there is a lot of new things going on here at PenMarkings.
I’ve been blogging for… six months? Six and a bit? Six and a day and an hour? Probably.
Because I’m crazy about new beginnings and starting things clean (and because my past posts mortify me like nothing else) I’ve commenced a purge of all my blog posts from the past, leaving a handful left that I personally loved. The posts aren’t really deleted; they’re in a folder stored somewhere on my computer. Maybe I’ll bring them out and dust them off so I can make them fresh and new.
A new avi?
Claudia, is that you?
Why yes, yes that is me. I am actually not a cartoon piece of albino flesh but a person who looks great in Black and White. Also not black and white in real life. Just a disclaimer. Also does not look that great in black and white, regardless of what I said. Also a disclaimer.
But new profile picture aside, did you notice something new when you arrived here? Did you?
Behold, a new site design!
Thank you, thank you. Now gaze upon the Before and the After, which will make you appreciate my new design. Because my last one was… uh… this.
Sure, it’s not bad, but it had three problems:
- The blue, which turned horribly neon and impossibly blinding on certain screens
- The search bar, which was broken for what reasons I will never know
- The theme, which, while nice, did restrict the variety I allowed myself to have since I am a sucker for keeping to the theme even if that’s clearly
It’s been (sorta?) fixed, so I’m happy with it.
Okay, so my main beef with old PM was that it just wasn’t… me. It wasn’t.
The voice was wrong – it was a strange fusion of properness and stiff words with nonsensical walls of text. Nothing that made sense. Nothing that was actually me.
The real me? I speak I talk I think differently than how I’m blogging, and I love that voice rather than the one I used before.
I would always filter my thoughts, trim and tweeze and tear it apart to make it more, more professional than I really was. I was unhappy. I was funny, because the moments where I was talking properly, blogging properly, wasn’t even on my own blog. It was for guest posts.
So here I am. Speaking clearer than I did last year the way I want it.
A fresh start begins with a clean slate. This post is my clean slate.
So, nice to meet you. My name’s Claudia, and this is my blog.