On blogging and change

It’s time for a haphazard conversation about blogging, life, and change.  I’m not feeling particularly eloquent at the moment, but that’s no reason to not talk with you all.

You know that posting schedule I made at the beginning of the summer?  I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t followed it for the past month.  My promised features have completely fallen flat.  Every once in a while, I put out a book review.  But those Thursday posts about my job at an apple orchard?  Those were abandoned by the wayside and I never looked back.

To be fair, I’ve started drafting a couple of book reviews that will hopefully keep me consistent over the next few weeks.  I’ve also been painting a lot lately, which means a new Sketchbook Corner is coming!  Keep an eye out for those over the coming weeks!

You may also remember that, a couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I signed up for Blogging 201.  About that… half of the assignment emails remain unread in my inbox.  They just didn’t feel pertinent with my blogging goals.  (Which are relatively nonexistent, despite the fact that the first assignment was to set blogging goals.  But that’s beside the point.)

Still, I’m determined to take advantage of the Blogging University classes and have registered for the BRAND NEW Writing 101.  It starts next week and, from the looks of it, is aimed at helping with posting consistently.  I’m excited to start getting the assignments and engaging more in the WordPress community.  (Which I’ve been pretty dismal at lately.)

I have, however, been tweaking my site’s theme.  I’ve rearranged the widgets–check out the footer at the bottom of the page for some site navigational tools and a glimpse into my Goodreads page.  I also designed a new header, which I’m kind of in love with.  It conveys what I hope this blog is/will become much better than the old one.  It’s easy on the eyes, simple, and hints of possibilities and adventure.

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On a personal note, I’ve started seriously thinking about what adventure to pursue once my orchard job ends in December.  I’m not exactly sure what I want to do (does anyone?), but poking around job listings have started giving me ideas.  I had a conversation with my mom yesterday about a potential local opportunity that got me excited just thinking about.  I’ve also started fantasizing about furniture arrangements and having a kitchen of my own.  I take these as signs that, when the time comes to move out on my own, I’ll be more than ready.

So far, my post-grad life hasn’t been the daring adventure I hoped it would be.  But I’m definitely enjoying the fact that, in a few weeks, I won’t be going back to school for the first time in my life.  And, although my current job isn’t the most thrilling thing in the world, I actually enjoy it a great deal.  When the time comes to do something different, I’m excited to see what adventures crop up–small or big scale.

What changes are going on in your corner of the universe?  (This can be blog or life related.)

A few visual changes

Several of the past few assignments for Blogging 101 have pertained to updating various visuals on your site–theme, widget, “About Me” page, etc.  So, I thought I’d write up some brief notes regarding changes happening around here.

As you can probably tell, Keep Your Feet has undergone a bit of a face-lift.  I’ve wanted to ditch the Hemingway Rewritten theme for quite some time.  The problem, however, was finding a theme that had a similar structure while matching my desired visual appeal.  It was a long search, but I finally landed on Gateway.  I’m extremely happy with the new look.  I feel like it captures my personality better than the old one.

Another assignment had to do with creating a custom header.  One of my favorite aspects of my old theme was that I had multiple headers that would switch from one page to another.  I liked the randomness of it all and felt like it enabled me to express multiple things about myself and my site–from golden leaves to a winter trail to a sunset and so on.  After much deliberation, I decided to do away with this and go with a static header.  I ended up going with a new image completely–a photo of myself and a friend in a secondhand bookstore.  The shot was taken last January and has been the cover photo of my Facebook page ever since.

What better captures the essence of Amelia (that's me) than a bookstore?
What better captures the essence of who I am than a shot of me in a bookstore reaching for a literary prize?

One thing I had never thought of that came up on the Blogging 101 emails was using PicMonkey to create a custom header.  I tinkered with the idea of further customizing the above image, but ended up staying with the automatic look that comes with the theme.  Maybe one of these days I’ll revisit the idea. What I DID get out of the header assignment was not a header, but static images to go with some of my features.  They’re not anything graphically astounding, but I’m rather pleased with them!

Blogging 101 has really been a delight and a challenge.  Although I’m kind of disappointed about not being able to gain access to the Commons (despite filling out the required form several times and making inquiries), I’ve really liked getting my site together.  It’s been fun getting to know people, find new blogs, and learn more about how WordPress works.  My blog has undergone lots of changes for the better over the past week and I’m excited to see what happens over the next couple weeks!