A fresh look

Browsing the other day, I found myself on an article over at http://danluu.com/. What struck me the most wasn’t what Dan had to say (or at least, that’s not all that struck me), but how bare bones the site was. No images, no complicated css, just text and more text.

I was smitten.

Blogs, my own included, have become so caught up in catching the eye and having visual appeal that I think I’ve forgotten that the heart of the blog is in sharing text with the reader. So I’ve found a theme that fits this more streamlined view – not as raw as Dan’s, but still fairly simple. I’ve removed a lot of the cruft that’s been hanging on to the site over the last year, the pages I wrote for using Scrivener or Storyist with Jamie Rubin’s Google spreadsheet scripts (I can still get that info to you if that’s why you stopped by – removed, but not deleted).

Let me know what you think. It’s a bare bones in places, but I think it does a decent job of giving what you came for.

This blog in 2015

You’d think that with me breaking the hiatus from blogging (I have a real life!), I’d come back with tales of writing and adventure.

Not really. What I’ve come back with is the realization that I hold on to too many possible blog posts, refraining from sharing until the share is meaningless. I get it in my noggin’ that I should only share posts about writing, or major events, forgetting what a blog is about. I’m not a professional, this isn’t a journal, and the subject of this blog is open to what I make of it.

There. That feels much better.

Expect more random posts this year. Real life snapshots, posts about writing, and random thoughts and links that I find interesting. This year I’d like to explore posting from my smartphone more, mostly because no matter what, it’s the one piece of connected technology I have with me at all times. That said, one of my personal goals is to journal more consistently this year. In the past, the act of writing by hand has left me with a word desert when it comes to my blog – the material I’m writing is historically appropriate for only one medium or the other, rarely both (yes, that’s right, there’s a book of handwritten entries containing the dark, seedy side of my life…).

2015 stands to be a year with some exciting changes. We plan on moving across the country later this year for my work. In 24 hours, my oldest daughter officially becomes a teenager. This is the year I’m going to get something published (because I said so).

Sit back, enjoy the ride. I’ll try and tag my posts better this year so you can weed out the ones you don’t care to read about. And welcome to the future!

The Tara Blog!

In all my moping and cluttering lately, I totally forgot to share this. Youngest daughter (age 6) approached us a few weeks ago with a simple enough request – she wanted to have a blog, some place she could put up recipes, pictures, and her own thoughts. I won’t say we (me) are likely to do anything our kids ask if its within the realm of reasonable (I am), but, well, we did. Stop by TheTaraBlog.com some time (she’s only posted two things so far, but then, that’s better than her old man lately!)