It has been a long time coming - this change thing at Studio Notes.
No surprises, really, as this site is constantly evolving. The thing is, I find that when I enter a new phase in my life (or find myself in a different direction), the way I look at this site changes too.
So, for the last few months, I've been toying with the idea of changing things around here.
That's why finally, I managed to de-clutter the main page and just highlight some areas of the site. I even moved the blog in to a different section instead of making it the main part of the site. And yes, I formatted that blog section in such a way that would hopefully allow people to scan and to read the content differently. These are obvious changes that go hand in hand with the site's minor cosmetic change (yep, new blog theme and all). And yes, there will still be other changes coming - including how I approach content or blog post creation.
I know that for a while now, this blog has primarily revolved around me, my life, and the world around me. But, over the last few years, I have been slowly lessening the "personal" aspects of this personal blog. And, I intend to continue in that direction.
Don't get me wrong. I don't think I can completely take out the 'personal' side of this blog, even if I wanted to. I would most likely continue to share my personal views on things, and share stuff that I am interested in and all that. But, most likely, the focus of this blog is going to be less and less about 'me', but more about other things that I care about. If that makes any sense.
Yes, I know that some people will probably won't be completely happy with that idea, but I thought since I post a lot of my day-to-day personal stuff on my social networks* now, like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Tumblr, I figured that I can satisfy friends and family who have been visiting my site to keep up with my personal posts through those avenues. I need a place to put the other stuff that I wish to write about.
So now, I'm hoping to use Studio Notes as a way to share more resources and to provide a platform for things that I like to explore and to learn. And, even to provide some tips, how tos, and other useful information, especially with regards to questions that I receive on a regular basis via email, face-to-face meetings, my presentations, etc.
There are no strategies or plans in this change for now. I intend to work this out as I go along, to see how Studio Notes will work for me and for its readers.
If you have any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, etc - I'd love to hear them out.
In any case, I really hope you like the changes. At least, for the most part. 🙂
* Note: If you're not connected with me through any of these social networks, please do. And, if we've never chatted before, please let me know how you found me. I try to add/follow back folks as best as I can, but if I have no clue who you might be, I may miss connecting with you. So, please do leave a note or say hello, no matter how briefly. 🙂
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.