I have begun the process of revamping, not to be confused with vamping, my blog here at Blue Eyed Monkey Eeks!
tr.v. re·vamped, re·vamp·ing, re·vamps
1. To patch up or restore; renovate.
2. To revise or reconstruct (a manuscript, for example).
n. The act or an instance of revamping; a complete reorganization or revision.
Why Revamp Now?
Well, you see… I recently reorganized my blog, upgraded my theme, added countless plugins, began the long process of looking through the 73 pages of posts (12 on each page) that need to be hidden or reposted, etc. I have almost 2000 posts to manage, mostly posts from back in the Livejournal days(2004 to 2008). Back on LJ I posted several times a day and it was everything from song lyrics, to Memes, to rants and raves. There were, however, quite a few “critically acclaimed” blog posts which need to be revived.
The whole purpose for all this work? I want to get serious about blogging and start to broaden my online reach, so to speak. All of this was greatly inspired by a client and good friend, Taylor Grant, screenwriter, copywriter and marketing guru. In the midst of working on his brand new site, which is a top secret project to be revealed this summer, a fire was lit under my…uhm…seat.
The other half of my inspiration came from a divinatory reading I had a few months back. In this deeply profound and on target reading, by a well known Santa Monica tarot reader Madame Pamita, I was told that I had wisdom and knowledge that people would want to read about. She said that I should start a blog or write a book. Funny thing is, I have had a blog for half a decade and my procrastination gene has been overriding my just-do-it gene when it came to getting serious about it. I have been thinking about it, tweaking it and just generally sitting on the fence about it for many years. Story of my life!
Blogathon you say? Wassat?
Good question! As I work online, I tend to spend a good deal of time just browsing from link to link kind of like a scavenger hunt way of surfing the web. It always leads to really interesting information and people. As I was looking around Twitter, which I under-utilize, to find people to “read”, I came across a great blog for writers, WordCount: Freelancing for the Digital Age by Michelle Rafter. Michelle is, obviously, a freelance writer. Her blog is informative and fun to read. But, I think the reason that the universe sent me to her little corner of the web was the 2011 WordCount Blogathon .
I mean, how does a procrastinating monkey like me get her tush in gear and get up on the blog horse and re-join the race? (whoa! talk about a metaphor packed sentence) The answer is the monkey joins 100 other bloggers, some new… some seasoned, to write a blog a day throughout the entire month of May 2011. Am I a crazy monkey? Uh…yah! You doubted this?
This crazy monkey, partner to a good looking distinguished gentleman, kitty mommy, multi-racial, independent consultant, amateur chef, web developer, non profit consultant and all around Jane of All Trades (blog name already taken) will now take time each day to write and post a brand spanking new blog post. Now, I could write many posts each day and just meter them out OR write a post every evening about topics that strike me during the day. However the posts flow from my fingertips, there will be a new post for ya’ll to peruse daily. I will pick a time of day to make it live.
Benefits of Joining a Blogathon?
There are many benefits, as you may see, to joining a large group of bloggers to accomplish a task like this. The first, as stated above is to keep that fire burning so I continue to revamp this online space I have created.
The others that I am already starting to see are:
1) new Twitter followers and folks to follow.
2) a smart, fun and creative peer group to exchange ideas with. Even found a fellow monkey fan(atic) , who just happens to be a great writer and web designer!
3) finding a few really great blogs to add to my Google Reader feed.
4) improve my writing chops.
5) the potential to make new friends and exchange a blog posts with another blogger.
6) motivation, inspiration, revelation, affirmation, association, collaboration and even celebration :)
I am excited about relaunching my blog at this fruitful time in the cycle of the year. It has been a long time coming but I think it’s time to climb down off of this fence and start tossing something other than …well…you get the point.