Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Happy 2013- New Year, New Blog.
Happy 2013, loves! Remember me? I know I've been neglecting my blog like it's the unwanted child I had in an attempt to save my marriage, but it failed anyway and now I'm saddled with a kid named Starr for the rest of my life, and I know- I just know- she's going to end up a stripper. But this is not my unwanted stripper child! This is my favorite online space! And with this New Year, I'm determined to refocus my efforts on blogging & make some changes I've been thinking about for a while now. Ready?
So first thing's first: I (once again) changed my blog URL. This time, I promise it's for real the last change. I love the name Cheeky Cheeky, and it's been good to me for a year or so, but it was time for me to switch to a more permanent URL. What could be more permanent than my name? So, you will now find this blog at carmenmariah.com. The old URL and feed will redirect, so it shouldn't have much of an affect on anyone who follows via Google Reader or anything. But update your bookmarks! (To the one person that has this site bookmarked... Mom, I'm lookin' at you.) Although the feed will redirect, if you'd like to switch your subscription over to the new URL- click here.
Also, I gave my blog a facelift to go with this new URL. It's a work in progress, but so far I'm loving it. (Whenever I say that, I automatically want McDonalds. S/O to the genius who created that little jingle.) I wasn't sure if it was even possible, but I've simplified my design even further with this redesign. There's something I love about white with little pops of color- so classic. Simplicity is the key to my heart.
I'm taking this redesign & the New Year as an opportunity to redefine my posting and content strategy. (YEAH. I said strategy. Like I know a thing or two.) I don't like feeling like I have a haphazard posting routine. I'd like to have predefined categories that the majority of my posts fit into. (See the column on the right. Also, I just had to check my hands to figure out left and right. Am I a 24-year-old adult or no?) Some of these categories don't exactly exist yet, but I'll be creating them over the next few weeks/months/whatever/don't pressure me!!! I want this blog to feel more like me- lots of writing, giggles, pretty pictures, pop culture obsessions and some style & baking thrown in for good measure.
I feel like recommitting to blogging is the new recommitting to a diet/workout plan in the new year. But since I also just started a diet yesterday, I'm pretty much just a giant cliche at this point, so why not just go with it? (Speaking of which, how does anyone actually drink 8 glasses of water a day? When am I supposed to fit in Diet Coke? Also, I really want pizza. And ice cream. And beer. And candy. OMG. HELP!) I love the fact that the beginning of a new year gives us all time to take pause and reevaluate some things in our lives. Going into this year as a newly single girl (GHASP! WHAT! Calm down. It's cool.), I feel like I have extra space in my life to set about creating a whole new life here in LA. I would like it to involve a lot more writing, a few more beach days, and a ton of time spent with friends.
Last night, one of my best friends and I got into a long conversation about New Years Resolutions and the best way to go about planning for the year ahead. She gave me a new way of looking at resolutions- instead of setting unrealistic goals, focus on how you want to feel in 2013, and then set about making changes to achieve that feeling. If you want to feel happy and fulfilled, what do you have to do in 2013 to achieve that? If it involves getting healthier, blogging more and reading more, then do it! But if it means focusing on the positive more than the negative and making an effort to surround yourself with people who love and support you, then those are great goals, too. (Being the ridiculous over-achiever/over-committer/over-self-analyzer that I am, those goals are all on my to-do list for this upcoming year.) Setting the focus on a feeling rather than a tangible number on a scale is a much healthier way of going into this new year.
So here's to 2013- a year that I'm determined to make better than all the rest.