Time to Redesign

Hi there… it’s me.

I’ve been trying to decide how to continue using this space for a while now. Considering I haven’t posted for two and half years, it’s safe to say that I haven’t been successful in figuring that out.

I feel like living in a global pandemic has broken something in me fundamentally, and for the longest time, I really didn’t know what I wanted to say. A blog without a purpose just doesn’t work for me. However, I still pay my yearly hosting fee, because I know that I want to keep the history of posts and comments — there’s still value there for me.

Digital Identities sketchnote by Guilia Forsythe

Digital Identities: 6 Key Selves* by @bonstewart at #change11 – sketchnote by Giulia Forsythe**

In the last 4 years, I’ve deleted my Facebook account, stopped posting to Instagram (although I still lurk and sometimes connect with friends there)… and now with Twitter devolving into whatever it is, I am feeling a deep, DEEP sense of disconnection. Where social media used to connect me to wonderful friends and great educational/personal growth opportunities… I now feel more isolated than ever.

In the digital sense, I feel like I’ve lost my identity.

Yesterday, I needed to find some information, and I remembered that I had written a blog post that contained some of that information. And it hit me right then and there… I need to come back to this. Even if no one reads or connects with me here, this is a place over which I still have some control. It’s where some of my best ideas live, as well as some of my worst, and I think I can still move it forward.

So, I’ve decided it’s time to redesign the blog – change the look and maybe the direction a little bit. Because I’m currently semi-retired, it needs to reflect more of who I am now and what I have to say. I’m not entirely certain of what that’s going to look like, but I at least have a goal.

I hope to be back with a new look and direction in 2023… and I wish for you rest and all the light and love that exists. Be good to yourself, friends. We all deserve it.



*You can read more about Bonnie Stewart’s “Digital Identities: 6 Key Selves of Networked Publics” here – http://theory.cribchronicles.com/2012/05/06/digital-identities-six-key-selves/ (Note: I’m interested in thinking about how these ideas have changed, or not, over the last 10 years since she shared this talk and post.)

**photo/sketchnote credit: “Digital Identities: 6 Key Selves of Networked Publics, @bonstewart #change11 [visual notes]” by giulia.forsythe is marked with CC0 1.0.



2 thoughts on “Time to Redesign

  1. Hi Michelle,

    I hope you are well. I connected deeply with your thoughts here. I just recently tipped my toes back into social media, and I already regret it. I miss the early days, but I know that makes me sound like the curmudgeon I’m becoming. 🤷🏻‍♂️

    I need to do something with my online space as well. I abandoned mine when we moved to Asheville in 2018. I want to write again and reconnect, but I’m not sure what I want to say.

    Anyway, I guess I wanted you to know I’m still subscribed, reading, and hoping to connect. Blessings to you and yours this holiday season.


    • Hi, Philip!

      I really miss seeing you and talking at conferences, friend. It’s been a long time.

      Thanks so much for the support… it means a lot. I hope you do start writing again! Connecting, regardless of what and how you choose to write, is still a really important piece to all of this. Please let me know when you do!

      Appreciate you!

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