Perfecting the Avatar

Tonight, I spent about an hour putting the finishing touches on this blog. Plunking a widget here and tweaking some CSS there—making it all line-up to look just right and to feel just right.

After fifteen years of writing for an audience online (I can’t in good conscience call it blogging, since that word didn’t wasn’t born until much later) I still love the feeling of an empty site. It’s really the same anticipation I feel when I open a blank journal, minus the crazy-good smell of fresh paper.

I’m right in the middle of one of my restless spells, and that means I’m chock-full of inspiration and intention and even though I have seven loads of laundry piled in the next room, I’ll probably keep right on with my digital housekeeping tonight.

It’s so much easier to make everything look just right and feel just right when it’s not living and breathing and so very prone to imperfection.

Slide a smiling-selfie here, add a few social buttons there.

I know that I hide myself online. It isn’t that I spend every moment plugged-in, because I don’t, but I do spend enough time working and playing and being social while bathed in the white-glow of a monitor that I can admit the routine makes me feel a bit warm and fuzzy inside.

It feels like a physical space where I can curl up like a cat in a sunny windowsill.

I like making my digital space look nice, and I like seeing the one out of 57 low res iPhone shots where I don’t look like an extra on The Walking Dead staring back at me.

It makes me feel like I have it together in some small way, even though I don’t really have it together in any small way.

Also… new blog, yo!

  • Tiffany

    I really like your new space. Looks great Crissy. Looking forward to reading what you have to say, and of course, seeing your beautiful photos.

  • Tammi @ My Organized Chaos

    YAY, new blog, new blog!! Love the pictures at the top, you are good at being a perfectionist!

  • Meghan Cooper

    I love it. Looks great!

  • Brian Gardner

    Crissy, congrats on the new space!

    I know from personal experience that having a place of your own that you can call home is crucial to happiness.

    “…even though I don’t really have it together in any small way…”

    And it’s especially refreshing to see you speaking honestly — far too often we mask the truths in our lives and avoid being real.

    Keep keeping it real!

  • Ashley T

    I totally know the feeling. Love the new space!

  • Melissa Chapman

    How exciting- I already feel such a great presence in this space!

  • Jodi @ Mom’s Favorite Stuff

    It looks great! I love a brand-new space too.

  • Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}

    Gorgeous! I can totally relate to the desire to create a new space online. This site just makes you want to grab a cup of coffee and visit for a while. :-)

  • Danielle

    Love it. Clean, fresh, and you!

  • vera

    i bow DOWN. you are amazing!!!!!

    • Crissy

      Oh my God, I literally just changed a few colors and fonts and added a header. Praise should go to the awesome Brian Gardner who created this beautiful theme, which happens to be called BEAUTIFUL! :) It will be available for sale next week, more on that soon!

  • Danielle Smith

    Oh my friend – it is just lovely. I share the same sense of comfort with you in this space…minus that talent you possess that allows you to actually CREATE this using words like CSS :) I can lovingly write and edit and bask in certain levels of creativity, but can’t claim code. I bow down.

    Congrats on your new home. xoxo

    • Crissy

      CC: what I just said to Vera. This gorgeous theme was created by Brian Gardner, I just made a few little changes to suit my personality. Love how easy it was to customize, it’s really the perfect minimal theme!

      • Brian Gardner

        Kinda fun lurking the comments of your post here, as I know Jo-Lynne, Vera and Danielle (Smith) from other online endeavors.

        The internet is a big place, but also a small one. πŸ˜‰

        • Crissy

          The internet is a big place, but, I give it my best effort to be friends with all the best people on it!

  • Amy Lupold Bair

    Gorgeous! Enjoy the new space.

  • Barbie

    I stumbled upon your blog after I purchased the Beautiful theme, looking to see what others had done with it. I am currently designing it myself (first time after having my blogs designed for 5 years). It’s going slow. I am working on the background photo header right now. Love your page!