It’s now been a couple of years since I came off that little blogging sabbatical I took through most of 2010 and “reloaded” this blog into the initial stages of what you see today.
In that time I’ve made a lot of changes: I’ve refocused my writing, refreshed my template, and re-invigorated my topics, all the while narrowing my efforts and generally increasing my readership. Not to mention the fact I (mostly quietly) crossed the eight-hundred thousand word mark last week.
I sometimes write about how I don’t really care if anyone is reading or not. That remains true… mostly. The primary purpose of this blog remains now and forever as a kind of extended letter to the future, a history of our lives as they were lived, for Claire to know about things or anyone else who might legitimately be interested to read upon.
But at the same time, I’ll freely admit, it’s nice to be read in a more contemporary sense, too. It’s nice to hear from you and interact with you, whoever you are. There’s that, too.
There is something else I’ve been thinking about for a while, all tied into the notion of readership. See, the name “8r4d reloaded” — what this blog was know as up until today — was merely a place holder. If it seems like I change the name of this blog a lot, then guess what: you’re not crazy.
It lately has been renamed almost annually.
…they might just be boring.
Every name has it’s flaws, of course. They can be too long. They can lack description. They can imply something not meant to be implied. Or they might just be boring.
I try to avoid these things, but I somehow always stumble upon an unseen obstacle that leaves me wondering how soon it is before my readers get frustrated at the roulette of nomenclature I use to denote my writings.
It’s a risk to change, but the previous name was flawed in two senses; First, it was intended to convey the notion that I was opening the doors to a shuttered blog, a sense that was temporary then and outdated now. Second, it didn’t have any meaning for anyone but me. My vague, often-queried-upon gaming handle — 8r4d — connected to the notion of being “reloaded” had no strong connection to anything much any more.
…it’s a little vague, it’s a little nuanced, but I like it.
Thus, I’ve decided to rename this blog again.
If you are reading it now, you can likely see by the branding tweaks that I rolled out said name-change earlier today. The new name: “8 Clicks from Nowhere” — it’s a little vague, it’s a little nuanced, but I like it. And I think it is not only left wide open to interpretation around my topics — running, photography, blogging, gaming, et cetera — but I think it also opens it up to be more of a “title” for this site and less of a… “huh?”
So… yeah. There you go. Will it increase the number of people reading? Who can say. Or, does it even matter? But either way, it might give me a few more months of inspiration before I wonder again.
Along with the name change I also reverted the URL back to just blog.8r4d.com and tweaked a few other things. Most everything else will be staying the same… for now. Let me know if you encounter any bugs… or even just what you think.