Over the past year, I’ve been shifting my career focus, which has also accordingly shifted many of my extra-cirricular projects, interests and study topics. This in turn has changed how I want to express my work and identity online. So - Operation Identity Change is upon us.
I went through the details of this last week on another Tumblr, which brings us to the crux of the matter. Soon, I will be switching the name of this Tumblr from deliberatepixel to jenmyers. You won’t have to follow a new blog, but you’ll see a new name and new avatar, so don’t panic. All is well. The content will be more or less the same, except it will contain more coding, design and work stuff. Maybe more otters. We’ll see.
For many years now, my chief success at the close of each year, if I were to sit down and consider such things, has been simply surviving that year. Life’s been a little rough. In about five years, I’ve gone from being an unemployed (and briefly homeless) single mother, moving to a new city, jumping around to and being laid off from jobs, dispatching those people in my life who were feeding off of me, struggling perpetually and painfully with money and watching my mother die slowly from cancer. It’s felt very much that each time things started to look up, something else bad would happen. It might have been my imagination, but it felt that way.
Now I’m a stable single mother with a home, a secure job I love, a happy and healthy kindergartner, and a circle of smart, caring people to turn to. For the first time in many, many years, I don’t feel I have to worry about how I’m going to get my daughter and myself to the next day. For the first time in many, many years, I’m not scared of tomorrow.
While I know that given many circumstances surviving is in itself a pretty great accomplishment, I like the idea that maybe next year I’ll be able to point to progress made beyond survival.
Thanks to all my followers both on Tumblr and Twitter, and to those who like, link, retweet, reblog and otherwise let me know you’re enjoying the content I put on the internet as much as I do. It’s done wonders to encourage and help me focus on what I can and want to do as an artist. I hope you all have a fantastic new year.
Over the weekend, I hit 400 followers. So welcome and thanks. If you’re new around here, you can find my long-form blog at deliberatepixel.com, my Twitter feed at @antiheroine and my Facebook fan page here. Also, if you like this Tumblr theme, it’s available to install at the Tumblr Theme Garden. You can also submit items and ask me things!
I’m now letting people submit content to the Deliberatepixel Tumblr. What an exciting opportunity! Dazzle me with your exquisite taste in funny internet photos of animals doing unexpected things! Submit here.
You can also now ask me stuff. I have no idea why you would want to do that. But Tumblr seems to think you would want to do that, and the Great Tumblr surely knows more than I do. You can be anonymous, although I think it would be a lot cooler if you let me know who you are. Ask here.