A few years ago, in an attempt to simplify my life, I completely overhauled the website and streamlined the thing like a sleek sports car. Gone was the front page that needed new graphics every month, and the blog turned into an iframe leading to my Tumblr account. To simplify life even further, I dumped Instagram and Facebook into Tumblr and Twitter, so I wouldn’t have to be quite as diligent in upkeeping all four sites.
Viola! No more pesky upkeep. Now I had time to write.
Except things didn’t go as planned. For one, I still kept the same amount of hours on social media, only they weren’t the productive kind, they were the getting-sucked-into-a-black-hole-of-new-recipes-and-Facebook-comments kind. And, while I love Tumblr, I don’t really throw words on that site. I share Instagram on it mostly, and I don’t have near the following on Tumblr as I did on Blogger, back when Google Friends Connect was still around.
Then came the Terms of Agreement changes for Facebook pages, and the Twitter Algorithm revamp, and suddenly I found myself interacting with only a select few.
That’s when harsh reality smacked me in the face. In trying to simplify, I’d done the unimaginable–I had distanced myself from my readers.
And so I’m doing something about it. The website has gotten a facelift and is now more easily accessible on tablets and phones, and I’m cutting time scrolling through frivolous things to blog again. Let’s get back to the good ol’ days, when we chatted in the comments, messaged each other, and had a great time. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you!