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Project Spectrum | East

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Today marks the turning of Project Spectrum from North to East. East is represented by the element of Air, the season of Spring, the material wood, and the color yellow.

Yellow is a really hard color to work with in a Web site design. It’s either pallid and babyish, or eye-numbingly bright. I hope I’ve been able to balance that a little, but please let me know if that yellow is blinding on your monitor.

I feel like this blog design is way over the top for me and, to be honest, it makes me a little uncomfortable. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because yellow just screams LOOK AT ME and I tend to feel more comfortable fading into the background. Yellow isn’t a color I normally wear, my mother’s efforts notwithstanding, and it isn’t a color I’m particularly fond of, for the most part. (The one exception would be with daffodils, which are my favorite flower. I love them yellow and bright and eschew the white ones in favor of the sunny faces of the yellow ones.) But Project Spectrum is about exploring your relationship with the various colors and elements, and about pushing boundaries to some degree, so I’m stepping outside my normal comfort zone with this bright and over the top blog design.

It’s fitting that today is the beginning of the next phase of Project Spectrum, for today is also Beltaine. (Though you wouldn’t know it looking out my window.)  I have a love/hate relationship with Beltaine. To see the world bursting with life and color and promise makes my heart sing, but the associations with fertility make me cringe. It’s holidays like Beltaine that make me feel like a failure as a Pagan.  It sounds silly to say something like that, but so much of Paganism is about fertility. I try to not take that so literally and make up for my lack of fecundity in body by nurturing my creative fertility, but it’s not always easy.

I haven’t decided yet what my focus, other than the blog design, will be for this phase of Project Spectrum. I’m considering finally starting on Flicca, because I have a mountain of yellow yarn waiting to be knitted into that sweater. There will certainly be photos, and tree bark is one of my favorite things to photograph, so I’m looking forward to that. We’ll see where this goes.

We’ve Got Seven Years Behind Us

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As of today, yes, I do have 7 years behind me.

It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this blogging thing for so long. And hard to believe how much things have changed, and how much others have stayed the same. Looking back through the old archives, I know that 7-year-ago me would never have thought that she’d be facing 40 and still not have a child. She certainly never would have believed that she’d have to face the cancer thing and go through so many surgeries.

7 years is a long time, and I feel so much older now. Not so much wiser, but older. In some ways, though, I actually feel younger. 7-year-ago me was a lot more boring. She didn’t go out much, she didn’t drink much, she didn’t have any hobbies. I think that, back then, I was still recovering from my wild early 20’s. I know I was trying to fit into a mold of a person I wasn’t, but when I started the blog, I was starting to come out of that. Over the past 7 years, I’ve discovered a lot about who I really am and don’t try to fight it anymore. For the most part, I like me now a lot better than I liked me then.

I know I don’t post anywhere near as much as I used to, but it’s because I don’t have the same intensity in me that I used to. 7-year-ago me was full of passion and drama and ranting. It’s not that I’ve lost my passion for things, but I’ve mellowed. I’m less likely to invite conflct than I used to be, but more likely to d0 something about the things I’m passionate about. Quietly, instead of yelling about it and fooling myself into thinking I’m accomplishing something.

So happy blogiversary to me. Do I have another 7 years in me? Who knows. But for now, I’m happy to keep going, albeit without any regularity.

More Twitter Stuff

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So I don’t know if this will work, but I’m testing out Twitter Tools to see about the daily digest of tweets thing. We’ll see tonight if it actually works. If it does, I can get rid of the Twitter thing on the sidebar after all, because there will be a daily blog post of everything I’ve tweeted that day.

Fingers crossed.