Online identity crisis
So… *wipes dust off keyboard*… it’s been really quiet here lately, hasn’t it?
This blog seem to have been neglected for quite some time now.
I could blame it on being busy or something, but that would be lying. Actually; I’ve been having a bit of an identity crisis.
I’ve been running websites since the early 90’s, and lots of different types of websites too. Fanlistings, pixel adoption sites, blogs… Heck, I even turned making websites into a career!
Needless to say, the Internet has changed a lot over the years and I have changed a lot. Lately I’ve been thinking about what I really actually want to do with my online life.
Most of the online communities I used to belong to has closed up shop and died. Many of my old blogging buddies seem to have up and left as well. And I miss them. Finding new circles to hang around and new people to befriend isn’t all that easy. The Internet is a vast sea and you can easily sail for weeks and months without finding an inhabitable island.
It doesn’t help that nowadays most people seem to only be interested in promoting their “brand” and creating niche blogs that are more like businesses than personal journals.
If there’s one thing I hate it’s how everything has to be monetized now. What happened to just having fun and making friends?!
Sorry about that. *clears throat*
What it boils down to is: what do I want?
Is personal journal-style blogging dead? Should I try to find a niche to stick to?
Do I really want to blog at all? Should I just have a portfolio with art and websites I’ve made?
Should I strive to create a more mature and professional online presence?
Do I even need to have a website? Maybe I could just stick to social media like so many others?
This is what I’ve been trying to decide these past months.
And here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
- Yes, I most definitely want to have my own website.
After all this time NOT having one would be like chopping off a limb. Call me old-fashioned, but Instagram alone isn’t enough.
- I want to keep blogging.
If nothing else, I like having a record of what I’ve done over the years. It’s fun, and I don’t think I need any more reason than that.
- I most definitely do NOT want to be “serious” or professional or anything of the sort.
I’m silly and geeky and I curse a lot and I honestly don’t want to talk about my job outside of the office. If I’m going to blog I want to blog about nature, fantasy movies, my pets, and where I went for vacation. Websites in general might be my career, but blogging is my hobby and should be treated as such.
(Also, I misspelled professional as “pornfessional” like 3 times before I got it right. Let’s take that as a sign.)
- I want a new domain name.
This isn’t something new, I’ve been thinking about giving up Rockwitch.net for a while. Well, since I got the invoice to renew the name and instead of “sure thing” I thought “eeeh”. Rockwitch has been my online hub for over 7 years and it’s been great. I still love rock n’ roll and I still love witches, but I feel like it might be time to move on.
I want the new domain to have my name in it, I think. It may not be the prettiest or most original name (Karin is really common, at least in my country) but it’s mine and I will have it for the rest of my life.
Well, there we are. Turns out I won’t stop blogging, but I will be moving.
The new url will be announced as soon as I figure out what it is. :P
In the meantime: happy Christmas and new year and whatnot! Take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and eat lots of deliciously unhealthy food!