A fresh sheet of paper

by Lesley on April 28, 2009 · 7 comments

in social media,writing

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Last summer, I went to a BlogHer Conference in San Francisco with some of my best blogging buddies—Anna, Corinne, Emily and Meg. I had no expectations for the all Saturday event, but the workshops, food and goodies far exceeded my expectations.

More than anything, I became even more aware of the ways social media is quickly evolving and affecting the ways we as humans communicate.  Blogging, and micro blogging sites such as Twitter, are being used in every sector: from nonprofits to small businesses to large corporations, to average people like you and me.

I bought a book at the conference that I quickly gobbled up, and shared about on this blog. Soon after I began blogging and tweeting for work (much to my own dismay, considering I’d sworn to never ever adopt the annoying tool that seemed to dominate so many discussions at the conference.)

Since last summer, I’ve kept a very close eye on social media trends, emerging technologies, and the explosive Facebook and Twitter growth statistics.  I tried to give up Facebook for Lent, but found myself on the site many days because of client questions or requests related to creating Fan pages. Just yesterday I spent hours at a coffee shop trying to catch up on all the latest articles, blog postings and case studies around social media. I’d guess that I spend about 15-25 hours per week reading blogs, tweeting, or catching up on research.

In the midst of all this, I began thinking about my own blog and how I might want to use this space in the future. Many of you know that I’d love to do freelance work someday—whether that’s writing for magazines, authoring a book, or, as of recently, acting as a social media consultant. Perhaps I’ll do a combination of the three.

I decided that Blogger wasn’t serving the functions I needed. I wanted a new, updated theme. I wanted my own web address. I wanted change. (Remember that “stuck” post? If you can’t get a dog, or you aren’t ready to buy a house, simply change your blog address. Right? )

So, TA-DA! Here we are! I’ve been working on getting this site up for a long time. It’s been painfully slow, mostly because I relied on the help of others to design the header and teach me coding. (Thanks Angela and Jonathan!) It’s still not close to perfect, it’s still complicated for me to use, and I’m already missing Millers Meet Sacramento. But for the most part, I’m excited to have a new clean space to write.  You can read more about me, and this change, by clicking on the FAQs at the top of the page (a new feature! You like?)

Now, I need your help. Is the space too white? Too busy? Easy to read? Confusing? What types of posts do you want to see more often?

Please update your RSS feeds, or if you haven’t yet subscribed to my blog then now is a good day to do so. I made it easy! Look on the right column and choose if you’d like to follow me in a Reader or by Email. 

Thanks for reading and giving me an audience.

Love, Lesley

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7 comments
Ashlee
Ashlee

I love it- minus the fact that my blog isn't listed under "friends" Come on now....where's the love? ha =)

Ann Sebek
Ann Sebek

I like the right side. It's not too busy.... It's eye catching and very easy to navigate! I'd leave it. A+

Jenny
Jenny

I love the new site Les! Congrats on finding your own place on the web! The name, the picture, the crisp-ness of a new space is so enjoyable for me to take in! I have to agree with Matt's "beef" the right half is a tad bit overwhelming, but not sure what you should take out...so I'm not very much help! I love it all!

Matt
Matt

I think the right half is a little busy. Theres a lot of links. My blog link is nowhere to be found. I'm still waiting for you to talk about me in your blog. That's all my beef. I hope you're not a vegetarian.

Amy Vogt
Amy Vogt

Love, love, love the new blog. There was an audible gasp when the title of your last blog post at Miller's Meet... came up in my reader. There was no way you could leave my virtual world or my other worlds for that matter. This site is crisp. I do love it!

Alysun
Alysun

Looks great. The blog is easy to read and navigate. I like your header.

Ann Sebek
Ann Sebek

I love it, Lesley! And I love the new logo. My other comment didn't work, so I hope this one goes through. xoxo Mom