Looking Back, Going Forward

Today is a milestone for me, marking the day I registered with WordPress.com 7 years ago. If you do a little more digging, you’ll find that this site has been online since February 23, 2007. But let me share a little secret with you.  This is not my only WordPress.com account. Like a few other old-timers I know and some folks who have recently signed up, I first joined WordPress.com back in January 2007 to stake a claim on my *other* nom de plume. I’ve been “yarnaholic” longer in my online life than I’ve been “justjennifer”, late 1990′s compared to early 2000′s.  (Not much of a secret, I know, since I’ve linked to my knitting site up there under “Loose Ends“. Please try to contain your disappointment.)

“Justjennifer,” not to mention WordPress.com, has certainly changed a lot since its beginning and not necessarily for the better. My recent focus has become a little cloudy and topics that I used to feel passionate about don’t move me in the same way. I think that this is also a reflection of the lack of time that I have to indulge myself in writing here or anywhere.  I do feel guilty about it. Most of my communications these days are brief notes on “social media” (Can we say “Like”?) accompanied by lots of photos. Posting on social media is a tad ironic for me, since what’s one to do if one is not particularly “social,” but not really “antisocial”? It’s a bit of a conundrum. I foresee a lot of pruning of those sites in the future as well. Perhaps the problem is needing to refocus and be less distracted or scattered in my efforts to be everywhere all the time.

During this past long holiday weekend I revisited all my subscribers’ sites and discovered that since my last visit many followers have moved on to other pursuits or have just moved on, to a “better place”. So few have managed the long haul, even with interruptions. (Well, OK. Not *all* interruptions can be overcome.) The drive to continuously provide thoughtful, insightful, meaningful or entertaining content is indeed daunting and a difficult prospect for some, including me. When I’ve hesitated or felt that both your time and mine were better spent elsewhere, I’ve thrown up my version of a “Gone Fishing!” sign or redirected you to this site’s older posts or reblogged something I found interesting.  I’ll continue doing that for the foreseeable future, hopefully with more of my own thoughts as well. Thanks for sticking with me.

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And as I wrote this post, this WordPress.com Award showed up in my notifications. Welcome to the new WordPress.com.

10 thoughts on “Looking Back, Going Forward

  1. Being one of the recently signed….i am still struggling with deciding what to do. WP is not as user friendly as this WP would like. But, I am not throwing in the towel yet. I’ll keep you posted.

    Congrats on the duration; it is tough stuff.

    • Like a tough old sole. :) It can be a real struggle at times, not being a professional writer like someone I know, and, at times, I think that’s it, nothing more to write. However, I usually get over it. This is especially true for this site, which is less focused than my other sites.

      WordPress does have a learning curve, even the COM version. However, you should know that you have your own Personal Support team at any time gratis. You know where to find me.

  2. Very apposite at the moment. I’ve been on WordPress since 2009 with various blogs and have actually been blogging since 2004. In that time my blogs’ content and I have changed. It’s inevitable, but I think that one thing that does happen is that along with normal changes in ones self, blogging changes one. Also ones readership changes the blog content.

    I’m sorry I didn’t find all your blogs soon enough! But I’ve enjoyed your posts in the ones I’ve seen.

    Hopefully I’ll still be able to come by and comment occasionally even though I will not longer be a blogger, myself. Be well.

    • If you are the same person you were 10 years or even 5 years ago, time to check your pulse! As you said, change is inevitable. Generally I feel that people look to read blogs written by like-minded people. Whether this is good or bad is certainly a point for discussion, but it is what gives a site its sense of “community”. On this site I tend to write for myself rather than for my readers. Maybe that isn’t such a good thing to admit out loud. :)

      Thanks for your kind words. I really do hope you stop by, even to have a cuppa and chitchat. We can certainly discuss the fine points of various graphics software. (Still don’t have my head wrapped around PSE, let alone ArtRage or Painter Essentials.)

      • Will do, occasionally. :)

        I’m wondering about trying GIMP, except it lacks something PSE and Photoshop has, and that’s adjustment layers which I am not sure I could live without!

        • Hm, I think we all get accustomed to doing things a certain way and when we don’t have a particular option, we get stuck and fall back on the familiar. I have this problem with PSE as I don’t find it as user friendly as PI. (Yes, I’m still mourning the demise of PI. Damn Corel!) I would try GIMP if it weren’t for the fact that being on a computer that has an RTL option, it insists on installing the program RTL, even in English. It’s an additional headache I don’t want or need to deal with. Let me know how your experiments go.

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