Welcome to my new look!
Virginia Woolf was right: women writers do need a room of their own in order to create to their fullest. And since I don’t have that luxury at home (I tote the laptop from the dining room table to the living room couch to the kitchen table–how I wish I had one of these bistro sets–on a daily basis), this space, this single URL in a sea of many, is my room.
This has been true of Never-True Tales since its creation, but thanks to Sarah of Momalom‘s beautiful design talent,* it now perfectly reflects who I am, what I write, and where I want it to go. (And thanks to WordPress, it feels spacious and shiny and ready to tackle the blogging world.)
For me, autumn exemplifies new beginnings much better than January 1st, so it’s fitting that I made this long-overdue switch now, just before the leaves have begun to fall. Moving blogs is much like moving house: by necessity, you inventory your possessions. You take stock of what you’ve accumulated, what you’ve saved for a rainy day, what you’ve stashed away and forgotten about, or thrown out and wished you hadn’t. Switching to WordPress this week has given me the opportunity to reevaluate my writing and blogging priorities, not to mention force my hand at sketching a whole new blueprint for who I am (at least on these pages). What’s important to me? What do I want to carry over? What can I let go?
I’m still answering some of those questions, but in the meantime, have I told you lately how glad I am you’re here? If this blog represents a room, then you, its readers, are its window. I gain so much from the benefit of your perspective; in essence, your vantage point becomes my view. I value your comments and your conversation and following your dialogues across the web. And I want to thank you. For being here. For listening. For sharing your thoughts with me and giving credibility to this sounding board.
To do this, I’m hosting what I’m calling a Reader Appreciation Giveaway. One random winner will receive a $65 gift certificate to CSN Stores (generously donated to Never-True Tales), good for ANY purchase in ANY of their 200+ online stores.
What does ‘reader appreciation’ mean? It means that while this giveaway is open to everyone, if you’re a regular reader of Never-True Tales, your entry will count for two. Why am I doing it this way? 1. In light of my recent stance on advertising, I want to promote long-term reading and community at NTT, not swing-by traffic. 2. Following my move to WP, some of you may need to re-subscribe anyway, and this is a great chance to do so.
To be considered a regular reader for the giveaway, I need to know who you are (if I don’t recognize you on sight, that is). Just comment below that you’re a regular reader, indicating how you receive NTT updates. (RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, Google Friend Connect…any or all of the above tag you as a ‘regular’ around here.)
If commitment makes you jumpy, that’s cool too. I never want to strong-arm anyone into subscribing, so it’s not a condition of entering. Just comment below that you’re a regular reader, and we’ll call it good.
If you’re not a regular reader, and stopped by for a chance to win the giveaway, welcome! Comment below for your chance to win, and I hope you’ll stick around!
Giveaway will remain open all week, and a winner will be chosen by random number generator on Wed., September 22nd.
*A word to Sarah: You did it. You captured the very pulse-point of NTT and gave it a physical expression of color, fonts, pixels, and depth so fitting, my jaw is still on the floor. I believe you have a talent for this far beyond what you give yourself credit for: many people can learn the trade of web design, but it takes someone special to intuit what the blogger has in mind and run with the sense, style, and soul that is them. Thank you for what you’ve created here, and know that I will not hesitate to recommend you near and far.