Getting the Figurative Dirt off the Virtual Shoulder

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Eight years ago, I signed up for an account at Diaryland.com and introduced myself to the internet as TiggerSnail. My quest for a "grown-up" blog led me to LiveJournal, but thankfully, I was rescued from that inanity in 2006 when I started posting as Rachelskirts here at this website.

Since then, I have been using essentially the same exact template over and over again with slight modifications. I have also been posting with less and less frequency, but we'll get to that in a moment.

First, queue the montage and the epic soundtrack.

Today, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a brand new look at Rachelskirts.com. Is it perfect? No. Is it revolutionary? Maybe. Have I given myself a gold star for not falling into the "blogger's sidebar" trap? Yes.

Here's what the crowds have been saying so far:

  • "It's pretty!" — Mom
  • "Very nice, sweetheart." — Dad
  • "Ooo." — the boyfriend
  • "I think it looks pretty snazzy." — the little brother

For years, I have been telling people that Dooce has my dream job. I want to make a living by taking pictures and writing about my life! I want to be able to travel the world with no other responsibilities than to share my happiness with online friends and strangers! But as one of my closest friends recently pointed out, I'm doing a terrible job of setting myself up for that opportunity. I sincerely hope that this new look will spark my interest in writing again (and your interest in reading again).

Annnnyway, the point here is that I am very interested in bringing this site back to life, and I hope you'll enjoy the ride with me. Poke around a bit and let me know if you find any glaring mistakes. Give me feedback and suggestions. Sign up for Gravatar, so you have a cool image to go with all of your comments. Leave more comments. (Try out the new "reply" feature! It's fun!) Laugh at how stupid the site occasionally looks in Safari for Windows (thanks, Typekit). Send me packages to the new address listed on the Contact page. And then make yourself some chocolate milk and watch a bit of Lord of the Rings. You deserve it, champ.

P.S. No, I don't think the title to this entry makes sense. It just makes me think of the Jay-Z / Linkin Park album, which brings back fond memories of my college roommate and our sweet white-girl rap sessions. Don't ask.

chris

chris

My Gravatar is a cupcake! Which seems especially fitting for this site.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

I already noticed when putting this template in place that your Gravatar is particularly well-suited to go with this design. :D Nice planning, my friend.

Erini

Erini

I LOVE IT.

And I totally agree... I want Dooce's job too. But yeah, YAY. Love love lovee the new site! :)

LovelyAnomaly

LovelyAnomaly

Ooo, it looks pretty snazzy, sweetheart.

See what I did there?
(But, really, I do like it!)

Michael

Michael

Holy crap, I love it SO MUCH. It's perfect! :D

I'm stoked.

seven

seven

SO CUTE. I am jealous.

Gilligan

Gilligan

Totally awesomesauce. (If I'm allowed to say that.) Hope the new design give you much inspiration! How are you liking MT5 so far?

Minor tweak: The boxes and buttons here might benefit from a hairline pink border for definition. Still, everything looks mighty purty. :-)

Sean Thorwall

Sean Thorwall

I'm sorry that you have a boyfriend who can only form infantile cooing sounds rather than words and sentences, but your remarkable perserverance and creativity are outstandingly ooo-inspiring. Gratz on the new design, which is a golden lapel on the blogsuit of its author. Erm, I mean "is a pink flower on the blogdress of its author." Or the frosting on the cupcake. Or the packaging of the new Lord of the Rings blu-ray. It reflects with promise and poise the lucent pearls philanthropically dispensed by the author and her ongoing masterpiece. It's a giddy tickle for the eye and a tasty rare treat. Thank you.

Joel

Joel

Coolness! Nice typekit actions! You should have a Rachelskirts trivia quiz or something!

Thursdayschild

Thursdayschild

I definitely approve of your new layout. I also approve of more posting. This makes me wish I could redesign so spectacularly. :(

MJ Klein

MJ Klein

my notebook display is full HD, so as i type this i have several centimeters of hot pink on either side of the central column. it's quite impressive. i like the new look. glad to see you're going to be posting more.

gRegor

gRegor

For the epic soundtrack I opened up Europe's "The Final Countdown". No really, it's playing as I type.

Great job, I like it. Glad to hear you'll be posting more, too. Only thing that stinks is you beat me to my redesign; but I'll just take this as more encouragement in that area. I want to post more often, myself, but really want the new design in place first.