You might have noticed that I’ve been, um, absent, from these pages for awhile. Like almost a year awhile.
It’s not that I haven’t been busy. I was in France at the end of February and into March for a writing retreat, right when the pandemic hit. And the lockdown with flights suddenly becoming limited to the US. A mad scramble ensued, and then a surreal, scary journey home. But we made it. Two of us quarantined at a friend’s house (she was in France with me) for 14 days.
And then I came home. Which is where I’ve been, except for two brief trips to the beach, getting used to the new normal of having my husband working from home and all manner of distractions from the family that lives in the main house. (We have a multi-generational living situation here.) Still just writing, or at least trying to write.
Why did I feel the need to create a new website? For several reasons. First of all, this website feels heavy and bloated to me. I’ve been blogging since 2007, first on Typepad, then here on WordPress, and there are something like 2,000 articles here. Many of them are still great and full of information, but many are outdated and keyed to specific moments.
This website desperately needs a new design and I just don’t have it in me to do it on WordPress. I’ve never found WordPress particularly user-friendly. It got to the point where I hated the thought of logging on to write a blog because I found the process so onerous. (I know many people disagree with me on that.)
So I decided to keep things simple and start anew. I have a blog going on my new site and will continue to add posts, both on writing and all things related to it. I feel more freedom there to write what I want to, even if it isn’t exactly linked to writing. And I think the site is easier to navigate and find your way around on. (By the way, I highly recommend using Squarespace if you are thinking of creating a website. It is easy and fun, two words I never thought I’d use in conjunction with website design.
I’m going to keep this website up so everyone has access to all the posts on it, at least for now. But please do come visit me at my new site. And of course, you can also find me on all the usual social media outlets (buttons to the right).
Thanks and see you soon on the other side!