Transformation Information

Like when people say their clothes don’t fit now because of quarantine, my blog doesn’t fit like it used to, but I’m not sure what suits me best going forward. So I’ll just wing it until it becomes clear. That’s to say that things are changing (on the blog and also IRL) and I’m not sure exactly how yet, but I don’t mind not knowing.

That, my friends, is a first.

I have not known things before, of course, but the level of comfort I’m enjoying through uncertainty is at an all-time high. Like won every level of Ms. Pac-Man and adding my initials as the best score ever high.

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

Life changes. We know this. My life (micro level) has been changing in a significant way for about five years (we’re always changing, yes, but my choice to change some particulars has been ongoing, off and on, for that long).

The world (macro level) has been going through some stuff, especially recently, obvs — the pandemic this year changed ways of life and thinking while American political life finally freed itself from an intrusive, destructive narcissistic public figure that even the strongest mental boundaries couldn’t protect from an endless onslaught of gaslighting and lies.

Personal. Pandemic. Political. All that change urged me to create bloggy change, too, but what DSF becomes is unknown. Ideas come and go. I play and try to figure out exactly what it is I want to say and how I want to say it.

Step 1: I chose a new template and I really like it. Whilst updating the site, I accidentally deleted a bunch of pictures that claimed not to be attached to posts but actually were. I didn’t even care, I’m so chill right now. It was fun replacing them, playing with Blocks, seeing what layouts can be used. P.S. I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but Blocks and I are in love.

Pull quote block inserted here for no reason other than I can and next time I’ll make sure to add something wise for your perusal.

Me, lover of Blocks

Back to wherever I thought I was headed when I started, which I didn’t really know, because I just started typing, because that’s what I’m doing now and let’s just roll with it, shall we? That’s, like, sort of the point here.

Change is consistent and resistance to change is, too. Even when it’s for the best and/or something I myself choose for me and my life (Fear has the biggest mouth). Aging and experience eases the resistance to change, but the way I feel at the end of this year can’t be attributed to the simple passage of time and the wisdom that comes from living. The freedom I feel with this uncertainty comes because for years I worked at it, and the work is paying off.

Image by Rama Krishna Karumanchi / Pixabay. Not my feet, but I do have those sneakers.

I’m on a wild ride with a view that keeps changing and yet I squeal and giggle with glee with each unexpected turn. I have no idea where I’m going and that’s freeing after a lifetime of being various levels of uncomfortable with that idea. Who knows what’s around the bend and who cares. I’ll find out when I get there. The only map and/or GPS is my internal barometer: how does [whatever / whomever] make me feel, am I staying present as much as possible, and does it feel authentically me?

Since there’s no worrying or wondering or planning, etc., how does one occupy their time whilst going along to who knows where? Well, I’m organizing, tidying, purging — my sites (yes, plural), my physical stuff, my writing. Not all the time, and there are no deadlines. I work on those projects when the mood strikes, which these days is often. I also take breaks — lots of them. And I don’t feel guilty when I do — THAT sense of freedom was hard-earned and a long time coming. Doing nothing was something I often struggled with — thanks, American culture, Catholic school torture, and anxiety, for the hamster wheel training. Over the past five years, I disassembled the wheel and sold it for parts, and the hamster’s been set free.

Muse and I will discover what we want to do and be in this space. For now, let’s dance, sing, and celebrate change. Sha na na na na na na na na, Sha na na na na

**If you agree, click CLAPS below (another fun block — methinks it’s even better than the WP star).

Let’s celebrate little Bobby’s Ernie energy. I had the same shirt back in the day.

*Hey, y’all! Please visit this post on my actual website to see what it really looks like. As I reread it on the WP Reader, it seems, on my screen, that Claps doesn’t show up in WP Reader, the one picture layout didn’t work right in WP Reader, and the pull quote block looks different in WP Reader than on my actual site. Just last night, I was writing something for a future post about why I dislike the WP Reader so much… now I have more to add to it.

28 comments

  1. This is the first time I’ve seen Claps. Nice. πŸ™‚ This was such a good read. 2020 has changed a lot of us, I think, especially in terms of uncertainty. Wishing you the best and lots of fun surprises with your changes.

    You have almost convinced me to give Blocks a chance…

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    • Aw, thanks, Robin! Thanks for reading and commenting and clapping! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the good wishes, too. Happy you’re along for the ride.

      There sooooooo much in Blocks, I haven’t even scratched the surface! I had a head start with how to use them because I’ve been using MailChimp for years and that was a lot like blocks even before they changed to blocks that are like WP’s blocks. Then WP went blocky. In keeping with my post theme here, I was resistant to this editing change, but once I saw the fun I could have with them, I was HOOKED! You would, I think, greatly appreciate the various layouts for photos especially. Give it a chance and let me know how you like it. If you need any help, just let me know!

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  2. Nice claps! I’m trying to figure out how to move the images around so that I can type on the side like you did. Tip? I have chosen Flow as my word of the year for next year and changing things up a bit is in my sights too.

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    • Good word choice, Janet! I like it. It’s my favorite state to be in, writing, you know. I’ll be following along as you make changes, too.

      I haven’t figured out what the claps are good for other than they’re fun… still learning! Glad you enjoyed.

      As for pictures, the block I’ve used most is just called Image. It lets you put a caption just below the photo and you can resize the photo by dragging the edge to be bigger or smaller. There’s another block I want to try called Media & Text that has a photo on one side and larger text on the other, so that might be good with a quote. All options are available by clicking “Browse All” after you tap the “Add Block” Plus sign and options appear. All of the photo options are under the MEDIA heading of blocks. If you hover over each option in the blocks menu, it shows and tells you what it can do before you select it to try (or not).

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    • I’m going to use that block soon. And I fear it may become a favorite. Like the drop cap. I’ve discovered drop caps. You poor people are going to read so. many. drop caps.

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  3. OK So your post has generated a few very random thoughts I’d like to share. First I haven’t worn pants since the Pandemic started and continue to refuse to even when I go into work since I am not in front of kids. So as far as the the whole clothing fitting thing goes, as long as my sweats still fit I am totally at ease. Which I guess is how I feel about the blog and change as well. I considered changing mine when I started up again, but the pure fear of the thought of having any pics deleted paralyzes that whole idea, so I will remain content. Not sure about the whole block thing. I find that it is so much easier to blog on my phone with it then it is on my computer. In fact, I tend to start all my posts on my phone now, and if I add photos I will go back to the phone since I think it easier to add photos from it then it is to add from the MacBook. Your whole post is so freaking relatable. My fave saying is “the only constant in life is change”. I often find myself telling my muse “Your not that amusing.”

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    • I didn’t know where my real pants were for three months. Sweats are good. I never think about people using their phones to blog, etc., because I don’t because I can’t stand how small the letters are to type and I don’t have kid-like texting ability and…. Interesting that you use your phone to blog. I have not one but two laptops that I use. I’m so old school! I cannot vouch then for Blocks on a phone, only a laptop. Heh. I’ve told Muse the same damn thing. She doesn’t find it funny. Aw, thanks! I’m relatable, people! πŸ™‚ And thanks muchly for sharing your random thoughts!

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  4. I really like how you process -a nd I might have said it before but you remind me of Joey – but also have your own flair!
    and LOVED this:
    Fear has the biggest mouth

    also – the Brady song was fun – love how peter (?) had his voice changing and the way they added that in to the production

    good topic and best wishes as you roll with what unfolds with what seems like such mature contentment πŸ™‚

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  5. I don’t like blocks and you can’t make me!
    Okay, so that’s cool that you’re making changes and breathing easier and pacing yourself and all that. I’m still sorta paranoid in my shell under my rock πŸ˜‰
    I dig that we’re alike enough people outside of us notice πŸ˜€
    ALSO, Is that really you on the Twitter?

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    • I would never try to make you like Blocks if you don’t wanna. You have to fall in love with Blocks on your own, like I did. All I’ll say is give Blocks a chance.

      It’s ok to be sorta paranoid in a shell under my rock. I was thinking last night about just how comfortable will I be going into a crowd the firs time when we’re allowed to again? I can’t even imagine yet what I’ll feel like/do. The rest of it, I was already working on and COVID has given me a good shove.
      Right? I dig it, too. It’s nice to know there’s others like us out there… …. …
      YES! I totes sent you a DM in response. Read at your leisure (pronounced LEHZ-ure…).

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      • Oh good! Thank you! I’m not always paranoid about followers, but I am about people I actually have a relationship with! Of course you said lehz-ure, because that’s what women of lehz-ure say! Haha! I will look at my phone when I retire to the boudoir.
        I had a few people to my house mid-November. One guest was a bit more lit than the others, and I thought, loud as she was, if she had the plague we’d all be dead by turkey day, but I guess we got lucky. Crowds weren’t my favorite before, so they won’t be again!

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        • We’re staying in the COVID bubble here until it’s safe to de-bubble. I wasn’t a fan of crowds either (twinsies!), but I worry about national PTSD, which I think could totes be a thing. We’ll see.

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  6. I’ve clapped for you. Cute little button thingy. I especially like your Very Important Pulled Quote in which there is Something Less Than Important. We remain at home by ourselves, staying safe in our Covid bubble. As introverts we are able to do so without much angst. What a year 2020 was and 2021 is turning into.

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    • Thank you for clapping! I haven’t used that button since I found it, but it’s nice to know it’s there. I’m appreciative of your appreciation of my Something Less Than Important Very Important Pulled Quote portion. I’m a bubble fan and introvert myself. 2021 is going to get a lot better in about two weeks. Then it’s up to all of us to make it better after that. πŸ™‚

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