Retooling My Blog

Much loved toys from Home Depot. I felt that retooling my blog needed the image of these fun, playful tools rather than the serious metal and wood kind!!

A long time has passed since my last post on September 30, 2014. Contrary to popular belief, I’m not quitting the blogging-thing. Instead, I’m retooling my blog.

Since that last post, I feel like a different person. Did you know that your skin regenerates itself roughly every 27 days? Essentially, my skin has regenerated about 4.5 times since then. With all that new skin, it’s not surprising that I feel like a different person!

What Happened

Since then, my husband has a new career; my cutie-pie little guy is attending kindergarten; and as for me, I’ve been bopping around whole-heartedly being a stay-at-home-mom while half-heartedly blogging and half-heartedly acting.

Half-Heartedly Blogging

Before my hubby left for his intensive coding school, I started a blogging program to focus and grow the readership on my blog. It started out inspiring, but with all the the things I had to do on my plate, I just lost my drive. Apparently, not writing equals no new readers! Thus, I have to adjust my focus and put the program aside for the moment.

Half-Heartedly Acting

And don’t even get me started on my acting “career.” It’s slow going. Or, more specifically, no-going. Some people may wonder why I keep beating what seems like a dead horse to the ground, so yes, I’ve thought many times about quitting. But I keep hearing that quote from “Brokeback Mountain” (in the same male voice) in my head, “I wish I knew how to quit you.”

It would be easier if I super-sucked all the time. But I don’t; just 2/3 of the time. I’ve actually created magic on stage/film (yay me), but unfortunately it’s been sporadic. I’m addicted to the love-hate relationship that keeps me searching for that magic. I like to think of it as waiting for the bus. The minute you step away from the bus stop (that you’ve waited at for the past 46 minutes and 30 seconds) and start walking, the bus hurtles past you because the driver sees no one waiting there! And that’s why I’ve decided to keep on keeping on for when that @%#*^!ing bus comes by.

My New Obsession

In the meantime, I have a new obsession! For a long time now, I’ve been salivating over DSLR cameras. And voilà, my hubby bought a Nikon for me. I like to joke that he bought it for me for good behavior while he was out-of-town for three months. It’s an awesome reward for holding down the fort while he was away that long. It’s not easy single-parenting my kiddo. Hats off to you single mammas or pappas.

Although my hubby and kiddo rock my world, I needed something else to fill a dark void in my soul. I’ve always been drawn to creativity in its many manifestations and I found myself surfing the net looking through amazing photos. In my darkest moments, it was one of the things that raised my joy, brought up my endorphins, and reminded me that I was alive. A sparkling glass of Riesling only goes so far.

So Now What

So now that I’ve found a new obsession, it’s re-energized my creative juices and I’m retooling my website!

I’ve started by changing the look of my blog. Here’s what it used to look like.

OldBlogTheme

Previous blog theme. Very basic but it had what I needed at the time.

 

And OMG, what is up with that About Page!?!? Holy snooze batman, that is so going to change! I’ve included a screen shot of it below for posterity.

 

OldAboutPagev2

My original “About Page”: embarassingly awful.

 

Reading it makes me cringe; it’s boring and reads a bit melodramatic. I wrote that because I was trying to create some type of focus for my blog and I got all verklempt and couldn’t think of anything clever to write. In a fit of “I-have-to write-something-because-it’s-the-spot-most-people-look-at-when-they’re-shopping-for-blogs,” I wrote something just to write something. Henceforth, a small pile of vomitus!

Anyhow, I’ll be more specific in the About Page on the direction of this blog. Honestly, I don’t know which way things will go yet but I’ll hash it out when I do my rewrite.

You’ll see more photos because frankly it’s so freakingly fantastically fun for me to take photos.

You’ll see a post every other week to start. But I don’t intend on posting every day like I attempted to in the past…at least I don’t think so. I’m following this blogger and there’s a new post every freaking day…sometimes two. I roll my eyes when my email accepts another one of these posts and just realized how annoying it is…it’s way too much. I haven’t unsubscribed to the mailing list yet because there are times when I’m interested in what this person has to say. But oh am I ever so close.

Okay, that’s enough for now. Sheesh. A bit long right? I’ll try not to make my posts too long.

Until next time, be safe!

Josephine Fox

A happily married stay-at-home mom to a kindergartner, some time actor, and lover of photography.

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