The last couple of weeks have been very hectic. I needed a week to unwind but I found myself restless. You give me direction. I also found myself getting some inspiration about changing your name and the direction I want to take you. I even wrote down several different blog names and designs ideas.
When I came back, however, I tried to make some minor behind the scene changes but you were not cooperating. I purchased that stupid SSL certificate thing because I want my viewers to see that you are a secure site but all that did was give me a headache and three hours of wasted time talking to two different Host Gator agents. Long story short, I got some security but it’s not complete. This was really stressful and very frustrating. You almost had me calling it quits. Completely. Bam! Kaput!
There was a moment though when I really thought I was going to lose you. It broke my heart. All that we’ve been through together for the past 2 1/2 years – all the frustrations and mistakes we both made – all of our hard work and most important our connection to each other and to other bloggers – I nearly broke down. I thought when I got locked out and it took nearly an hour for the Host Gator agent to figure out what I did, that I would never see you again. That was really painful.
Apparently there is a problem somewhere in the back door of all of this that I still don’t completely understand. Host Gator told me I have to contact my web developer to get it straight. Cue the crickets. *Crickets* *Crickets* *Crickets*. I am an intelligent person but I am not ashamed to admit that this tech crap is way over my head. This shit should not be this complicated for the average blogger who doesn’t know jack about coding and web developing nonsense.
I feel like I have to go take some classes in order to understand any of this. Instead, what I did was I walked away for a bit. I grabbed a coffee and binge watched Netflix, all the while thinking of you, my dear blog. I thought of all of the changes I want to make and the new name I know I am getting close to discovering for you.
One example is that I want to add a book of the month. I don’t think I will be calling it that though. Probably something like what I am reading this month. I also want to add my favorite artist of the month as well. In music that is. That should go without saying but you never know how the word artist will be interpreted by our lovely readers. Artist can mean someone who draws you know. A writer is also an artist and since I do write, well, you know what I mean.
Of course changing my blog name means changing a whole lot of other things. My tag line in every photo for one thing. It will be a lot of work and that means we will have to take a week or two away from the world but I think it’s time we evolved, you and I, my dear blog. July will be three years for us. It’s been an amazing ride so far. I’m looking forward to another three years of working with you, creating with you, and meeting many others like us.
I will admit though that it is hard for me to part with RockinRandomMom. I have grown fond of the name and I will miss it. The thing is, I want to draw more readers to my blog. I want to bring in more music lovers and those suffering from a mental illness. That is the reason I started writing in the first place. To reach out to those who are suffering and inspire them to see a better tomorrow for themselves.
I also really want to share more of my creative writing with my readers and I want to keep the parents around too. Especially the moms who also suffer from a mental illness while trying to raise happy, healthy, well-adjusted kids. It’s not easy on any parent to meet today’s expectations but it’s even harder on those of us who suffer from depression and other illnesses.
Top dealing with your own shit and try raising one child with Autism and another with ADHD. Yeah it can be rough but again, I want to inspire parents to reach for the stars. There is no limit to what we can achieve if we really want to.
These are the goals I set for myself when I started you my dear blog. And as I’m writing this I know this is still my goal. These are the people I still want to reach out to. It isn’t my goals that have changed but the way I present them.
So that is where I am at. What do you, my lovely readers, think of my plans? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks so much for reading!
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