Online identity crisis

So… *wipes dust off keyboard*… it’s been really quiet here lately, hasn’t it?
This blog seem to have been neglected for quite some time now.

I could blame it on being busy or something, but that would be lying. Actually; I’ve been having a bit of an identity crisis.

I’ve been running websites since the early 90’s, and lots of different types of websites too. Fanlistings, pixel adoption sites, blogs… Heck, I even turned making websites into a career!
Needless to say, the Internet has changed a lot over the years and I have changed a lot. Lately I’ve been thinking about what I really actually want to do with my online life.

Most of the online communities I used to belong to has closed up shop and died. Many of my old blogging buddies seem to have up and left as well. And I miss them. Finding new circles to hang around and new people to befriend isn’t all that easy. The Internet is a vast sea and you can easily sail for weeks and months without finding an inhabitable island.

It doesn’t help that nowadays most people seem to only be interested in promoting their “brand” and creating niche blogs that are more like businesses than personal journals.

Which sucks.
If there’s one thing I hate it’s how everything has to be monetized now. What happened to just having fun and making friends?!

/rant
Sorry about that. *clears throat*

What it boils down to is: what do I want?

Is personal journal-style blogging dead? Should I try to find a niche to stick to?
Do I really want to blog at all? Should I just have a portfolio with art and websites I’ve made?
Should I strive to create a more mature and professional online presence?
Do I even need to have a website? Maybe I could just stick to social media like so many others?

This is what I’ve been trying to decide these past months.

And here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  1. Yes, I most definitely want to have my own website.
    After all this time NOT having one would be like chopping off a limb. Call me old-fashioned, but Instagram alone isn’t enough.
  2. I want to keep blogging.
    If nothing else, I like having a record of what I’ve done over the years. It’s fun, and I don’t think I need any more reason than that.
  3. I most definitely do NOT want to be “serious” or professional or anything of the sort.
    I’m silly and geeky and I curse a lot and I honestly don’t want to talk about my job outside of the office. If I’m going to blog I want to blog about nature, fantasy movies, my pets, and where I went for vacation. Websites in general might be my career, but blogging is my hobby and should be treated as such.

    (Also, I misspelled professional as “pornfessional” like 3 times before I got it right. Let’s take that as a sign.)

  4. I want a new domain name.
    This isn’t something new, I’ve been thinking about giving up Rockwitch.net for a while. Well, since I got the invoice to renew the name and instead of “sure thing” I thought “eeeh”. Rockwitch has been my online hub for over 7 years and it’s been great. I still love rock n’ roll and I still love witches, but I feel like it might be time to move on.

    I want the new domain to have my name in it, I think. It may not be the prettiest or most original name (Karin is really common, at least in my country) but it’s mine and I will have it for the rest of my life.

Well, there we are. Turns out I won’t stop blogging, but I will be moving.
The new url will be announced as soon as I figure out what it is. :P

In the meantime: happy Christmas and new year and whatnot! Take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and eat lots of deliciously unhealthy food!

First snow 2014

first snow 2014

first snow 2014

As is tradition, I’m here to report the first snow of the season! :yay:
There was a thin layer of slush on the ground this morning and it was pouring down snow-mixed rain, but over the day the temperature dropped so right now it’s not raining at all – it’s just pure snow (too dark to take a pic tough, the ones above are from earlier today).

It just makes me so happy when it starts to snow, even if it’s wet and mushy now in the beginning it’s still magical. Like the whole world is getting cleansed and we get to start over again. I feel so full of energy, and giddy as a child!

Gods, I do hope we get a proper winter this time. At least it must be better than last year.
What a tragedy that was…

Any snow yet where you are? :)

Storforsen – The Great Rapids

Storforsen 2014

High up in north Sweden, 80 km inland from the coastal town Piteå, lies one of the biggest rapids in Europe. It’s name is Storforsen, and it’s beautiful.

On average it has a flow of 250 cubic meters per second, around Midsummer when the flow is at it’s highest that number changes to 870 cubic metres. The water runs so violent that even during the coldest winter months it never completely freezes over.
In other words, it’s an impressive sight, and the sound it makes is deafening.

Read more…

A summer of sun and water

Ok, I’m back. It was a close call, but I made it through.
In the future when I look back on the summer of 2014 I will remember 2 things: the sun and the water.

The sun

Up here we had the warmest summer in basically forever, with temperatures of around 30°C every single day. In north Sweden that is scorching hot. Any winds or clouds that might sweep past didn’t do anything to soften the heat.
There were reports of “tropical nights”, nights when the temperature never drops below 20°C.

It didn’t rain for weeks. Our lawn was all brown and crispy and didn’t grow at all, but on the other hand our strawberries were unusually sweet.

Needless to say, I almost perished. :sick: And almost killed every cheerful bastard raving about what a wonderful weather it was!

Fucking summer… thank god it’s short lived up here.
It’s been cold and rainy this whole week, and nobody is happier than me! ;)

The water

The mere idea of laying in the sun on a beach makes me panic, but I love swimming, and even just being around water makes the warmth seem a little less pressing. So, on a summer like this, the only reasonable activity is going swimming!

I don’t think I’ve spent this much time in and around water since I was a child. I’ve been swimming in lakes, rivers, and even the sea. Was really nice actually.

We also spent a whole day exploring the great rapids near where my dad lives, but I’ll post about that later. They deserve an entry of their own. :)

Summer 2014 - Kärringviken

Not a lake, but a river. Markus’s parents live on the other side.

Summer 2014 - Överhörnäs
Summer 2014 - Åte
 

So that’s what I’ve been doing all summer: sweating and swimming.
What about you?

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