Monday, June 20, 2016

It's Not Even April

Hello, my friends! Did you honestly think I'd left you all? Not hardly! It was just time to unveil the new blog!

Say hello to Franky, My Dear!


I'd been toying around with the idea of changing the blog name for quite some time. Like, back in 2013. I remember posting about it on Twitter and I know for certain that Kelli was one of the people who suggested changing it to my Twitter handle. At the time, I didn't think I liked it. Then when I was debating it last summer a friend of mine suggested it. Still, I turned it down. It took a stroll into Central Park during lunch seated under a giant tree before the name finally hit me with clarity. This blog is me. It's about my life, my interests, my hopes, and fears. And we should have been unified.

Unfortunately, in mid-May, it was brought to my attention that my job knew I had a blog (and a business). They attempted to, what I can only describe as blacklist me, regarding a position I was very interested in because I "don't like law or corporate America". I immediately felt violated and mad. Mad because my work life and blog life do not mingle. Ever. Do any of you even know what I do? Yeah, that's what I thought...  I felt violated because I felt as though my privacy was being intensely invaded and monitored. I understand that CTAM was a public space and anyone could see it. The thing is, someone was actively "Googling" me in order to find it. And that's upsetting. Not to mention that the comments that were quoted to me were from sometime in early March, which tells me they were reading old posts. I'm sorry but I'm not okay with that.

And so, here we are. It's not the name I originally wanted (for anti-searching purposes), but it's just as much me. It's no secret that Gone With the Wind is my favorite movie of all time and the title is a nod to that. A single scene from the movie was my sole inspiration.



You'll notice that things are a LOT different around here now. For starters, check out the brand new About Me  page. Here you'll find some information and background about the blog and myself. 


If you're new, or just want to check out some favorites, then this page will give you a crash course. There's a little bit of everything it there. 

When I started looking for a designer I went to Twitter of all places and simply searched "blog designers". I got two hits. One, although great work, was illustrations and that wasn't the feel I was looking for. Then I checked out Knock On Wood. There was just something about Amanda's previous designs, and her own blog, that drew me in. I reached out to her and here we are. I knew she was the designer for me when we had our first e-mail and she revealed that Gone With the Wind is one of her favorites too. There was truly no one better to see my vision and make it happen.

If you're even thinking about giving your blog a new look, check out Amanda's portfolio. She's amazing to work with.

Today I start a new chapter in blogging; with a design I couldn't be more excited about! You can find me on Bloglovin!

Let me know what you think!

21 comments :

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  2. I am so sorry to hear about all of the drama. I've wondered countless times of I should somehow detach myself further from my blog for that reason. I'm happy that you're still around though!! Love the new name and look!

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  3. I am so sorry to hear about all of the drama. I've wondered countless times of I should somehow detach myself further from my blog for that reason. I'm happy that you're still around though!! Love the new name and look!

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  4. Hooray for the new blog and the new look! Good luck maintaining a low profile and all the rude gestures to your company for taking your private life and making it a professional issue.

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  5. yay for the new blog. i was like "whaaaaaat? no more blogging?" even though i totally get it. and wtf is wrong with that person (people?) who took out all the time to search/lurk your ass? for what? some people have such boring lives that they have to do this? #wack.

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  6. I like your new blog name but finding out people are stalking you online always sucks. ALWAYS. I don't know why if you don't bring your blog into work anyone else needed too. Honestly, I learned a long time ago corporate American isn't for me. It's slimy and gross, you have to be lacking just a little bit of a conscience to be successful in corp. America I think.

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  7. So excited that you're not gone for good. I really like the new blog name and design! (Your little Bloglovin heart doesn't work under your picture though, tell me how to find it please so I can follow!) Sucks about the work drama though, that's such bullshit.

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  8. I am so so excited you are back! I love your blog and was so sad! Love the new layout and name!

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  9. Yay!!!!!!!!!! I thought you were gone gone last week and I was all sad. I love the new blog name and look. Crazy work people, people are allowed to have personal lives outside of work and hobbies!! That is super creepy they were back reading. Glad you haven't left us for good!

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  10. Yay! I love the new look and the Gone With the Wind inspiration! Looks great!!

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  11. PHEW! I'm so glad you're still here! Love the new blog name! I'm so happy you're still blogging!!!

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  12. Yoiiii, that shit is crazy and creepy. You have a right to do whatever you want outside of your 9-5. I'm just soooo glad you're not really gone and that you've made a blog change for the better. Way to not let the haters bring you down :)

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    1. Also would it make you think differently of me if I were to admit that I've yet to watch Gone With The Wind?

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  13. Thank you so much for your wonderful praise! It was truly a pleasure to work with you, and I hope you'll come back to me if the time comes when you need another change.

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  14. Congrats on the new blog! So cool that your designer's favorite movie is also Gone with the Wind. That's fate.

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  15. Best of luck for this new blogging adventure!

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  17. Glad to see you're still kickin! Changing blog names and designs is scary. I did my official change 6 months ago and still haven't really gotten my groove back! But i'm excited to continue reading! <3

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  18. Amanda helped me re-brand last year and I loved working with her!

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  19. Yay yay yay! Welcome to your new home <3

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  20. Okay, so I totally didn't get the memo on the new blog name. I kept typing in "crazytragicalmostmagic.com" and was getting the 404 error message! Lol. Now to catch up on stalking your blog...

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