Perhaps it is because I have just returned from the scary pulmonary embolic experience and want to refresh my take on things. Perhaps it is because it is that time of year when you want to clear out old stuff and bring in new. Perhaps it is because I feel as if I am moving into a new kind of phase, and need to clarify my mind and direction. Perhaps it is a bit of all of these.
Whatever the reason, one thing is clear. I very much feel the need for an overhaul. And more than the physical overhaul I have just been through.
As a start, I have been playing with the “look” of the blog. I have had a hankering to do this for a while but was afraid (being a very non techy soul) of ruining my widgets. There is nothing worse than ruined widgets in this day and age! I was particularly afraid of losing my world visitor widget which continues to give me inordinate levels of pleasure when I see a new flag or a new dot on the globe. That would effectively wipe the gecko’s passport clean, which would be devastating. The blog has reached more countries even than Hillary Clinton’ in her record breaking period in office. ” Since becoming secretary of state in 2009, Ms. Clinton has ….. travelled to 102 countries ………. according to the State Department.” And in a shorter time span, given that the blog has been visited in a mind-boggling 148 countries since it was installed in April 2010! So losing my widgets would be nothing short of disastrous when choosing a new “look” for the blog. The tinkering may continue a bit as connectivity is slow which means that it is time consuming making visual changes.
In parallel with the visual side of the blog, a great deal of thinking has also been going on. As well as a fair amount of reading of fellow blogs and reflection. The thinking has yet to be transformed properly into cohesive thoughts and then words on the page. But it is in process and will appear here very shortly, as long as my non expert finnicking does not result in a disappearance of all things gecko into the cyberspace without trace!
It seems I am not alone in overhauling thoughts on the meaning of life and blogging…..