Hi! It’s been a while.
If this is your first time visiting a life electric, I’m really happy you’re here. Connecting (and reconnecting) with other people has been one of my favorite parts of blogging. I hope you enjoy my blog, its mission, and my posts here.
If you’ve been following along since I started (or repeatedly asking me why this site has been down), thank you so much for sticking around. Your support has taught me a lot about what it means to share yourself honestly and openly with other people. And your interest has taught me a lot about what it means to write for a real audience – not the much more sinister one I’ve often imagined in my head.
I took the blog down in February for what I thought would be just a few weeks. I had been thinking a lot about how it could better reflect the joy and curiosity and shifting sense of purpose and, frankly, electricity it was inspiring in me – and I wanted to make some changes.
So I thought that it would be down for just a week or two…but I was wrong. For one thing, I misunderstood the amount of time it would take to change the look of the site, particularly with my extremely limited knowledge of web design. I also decided that I would teach myself how to change everything on my own, despite being married to a programmer who could have easily done most of it for me (and who offered to many times). I learned a lot, and I feel pretty good about myself, but it slowed everything down quite a bit.
For another thing, taking a break to figure out what I really wanted from this blog – and what I wanted it to be for others – turned into a much more involved exercise than I expected. I ended up doing a lot of writing for myself. It helped me to work out what I wanted, but it wouldn’t have been very interesting for you to read.
In addition to that, the simple fact is that real life – hurtling, electrifying, stressful, wonderful life – got in my way. Once I started the project of dismantling and recreating, it got really hard to finish it amongst the birthdays and showers and waiting rooms and late meetings and errands and phone calls and hitting-a-wall moments from day to day.
The more the weeks passed, the farther this blog dropped on my priority list, the less motivated I became to finish what I had started, and the less happy I became. The more unhappy I felt, the more I understood how much happiness I had been getting from blogging – from the connections I’d made and the purposeful writing I’d been doing.
A few weeks ago, on a dreary Monday morning, I wrote out my priority list for the week and put “blog!” at the very top of it. Declaring, out loud, that I would prioritize this blog – and my writing, and my happiness, and my connections with each of you – made all the difference.
I’ve really missed this blog – everything about it – and I am never going to take it down again. Not without a plan, anyway.
Other than the obvious difference in appearance, I’ve made some changes that I think really reflect where this project has taken me and the kind of online space I want to nurture. Read more about the blog and about me while you’re here.
I hope a life electric continues to resonate with you, or interests you, or at the very least, keeps you reading.
I can’t even tell you how excited I am to be back at it…to be back in my happy place.