On my back porch thinking about things…

Right. Ordinarily I’m not so flaky and indecisive. I usually think about things for a good long while and make a decision I can stick to. I’m usually strong in my convictions once I figure out what they are.

I thought long and hard about starting a blog—for more than a year. I delayed because I wasn’t sure I’d have a lot to talk about. I wasn’t sure I wanted my thoughts broadcast to the world.

Then I decided, fuck it, let’s do this shit.

Still, I sat on the idea for another month or so.

Then finally, FINALLY I pulled that trigger.

It’s been a lot of fun getting everything set up the way I wanted.

It’s also been a lot of fun sharing the books I read and my thoughts about them.

I had a blast the other day when I wrote a flash journal. I timed myself (mainly because I had plans for a night out). I didn’t edit much…just one rushed pass through to hopefully catch the big things. I’ve re-read it a few times since and I’m seriously holding back from getting back in there to fix the problems—it’s driving me crazy. But I’m not gonna. Probably.

Except, I had a wee bit of a dilemma. Something wasn’t sitting right. I wasn’t happy with my “branding” such as it is. I didn’t like the URL I’d picked. I wasn’t crazy about my banner. I wasn’t crazy about the feel of the site.

I don’t think there’s anything overly wrong with it…it just isn’t me. It wasn’t fitting ME.

Kind of like a fabulous pair of shoes that look and feel great in the store then are uncomfortable as all fuck and don’t match any of your clothes. But, it’s too late to take them back; you scuffed them.

I have ruminated on this for days trying to convince myself to OWN this name I’d picked and paid for, to make it fit, to make it mine. I just can’t do it.

Once I realized those particular shoes weren’t going to fit I let my mind go blank. I’ve learned that sometimes the best ideas and epiphanies come when I’m doing other things.

I read through a few of my older book reviews and then re-read my flash journal entry from the other day and I had that AH-HA moment. I found a common theme. Why I didn’t think of it in the first damn place has made me smack my forehead a few times.

I didn’t jump the gun on this though. The first URL I picked was done hastily. I didn’t want to do that again and make another mistake…that this time, let’s be real, I’d have to live with because that kind of indecision is unacceptable.

I’m still less than a month old here on WordPress. I’ve been fortunate enough to garner two followers (hi guys!). I’ve had a few visits and likes. That’s fantastic.

This isn’t about the traffic though. Whatever happens happens. I’m here more for me than anything. If I connect with others along the way, then that’s a bonus.

The most important thing, I think, is for me to feel comfortable here. Make this a place where I want to come and share my books and my thoughts. If I’m comfortable then hopefully you will be too.

I do 90% of my reading on my back porch. Year round.

I bought a fancy new laptop so I could write while on my back porch.

Fact is, I spend 98% of my free time on my back porch.

I have a ceiling fan for the summer. I have an electric blanket for the winter. I have speakers so I can listen to music. I have a kickass wicker chair.

So what does all this tell you?

Yeah, you probably got there before I did. I’ll admit sometimes I’m slow on the uptake.

Nevertheless, this finally feels right.

Welcome to:

BackPorchReader

PorchPicFramedI’ll be playing around here with my graphics and color scheme over the next few hours. I’ve got a FIVE STAR FRIDAY book to feature. I’ve got two book reviews to post—one that’s written already, and one to write.

I’ve got a lot to do to finally get settled in so I can keep rolling.

Thanks for visiting. Have a little patience. I’m getting there.

*the old URL (katiebugonbooks) will continue to work for a year…I already bought it and there are no exchanges or returns after 48 hours.

Lesson Fucking Learned!

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