Surprised? Shocked? Or did you fully expect this transition back to my roots?
Brief history: I started my blog with the name A Naptime Novelist. It fully expressed my life then: I wrote and I mothered. Last year, in a fit of distrust of myself and what I was doing, as well a desire to be more “professional,” I changed the blog to www.rhondaortiz.com. I also changed the way I blogged, focusing more on my literary and intellectual interests and less on poop. Oh, poop, glorious poop.
Nothing wrong with being professional. Professional is good. I consider myself a professional.
This week I received an anticipated but unwelcome email, reminding me that it was time to pay for the next year of web hosting. This reminded me of my goals in moving to a self-hosted site – goals which I had not met. Not even one. It’s hard to justify paying for self-hosting when I’m small-potatoes and when I don’t want advertising on my site.
My decision last year was an impulsive decision. This is not new. Being bipolar (and not having it diagnosed until just this past December), I often find myself suffering from my own hasty decisions – it’s symptomatic of the illness. The decision to change my site disappointed a bunch of folks (okay, my mother and a few friends). People actually like all the navel-gazing. And as I returned to more personal blogging, the ethos of The Naptime Novelist rose from the ashes.
After all, I still write and I still mother. Not much has changed.
So here we are. Back and crazier than ever. Enjoy.