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My Little Corner of Cyberspace

I can’t help it. I need a little corner on this thing we call the world wide web. Since returning to the classroom a few years ago, I’ve come to realize there quite a few people who don’t know what a website is. Everything is app-based, and the idea of a “blog” seems to be diminishing. Time is marching on, as it does, and every semester that passes, I find myself saying things like, “in my day…” and “when I was younger…” more and more. 

Regardless, I enjoy having a little spot on the internet to call my own.  Social media has really changed the landscape of the web. I don’t particularly appreciate feeling dependent on these giant media companies that decide who and what I see. That’s not to say I don’t use them, as I do love connecting with people online, but I don’t what them to become the only place I have a voice. 

My About page says it best. 

RoniNoone.com is my online playground to share recipes, cocktail ideas, photographs, and whatever else I feel like.

I don’t have any plans to blog regularly or post often, but I enjoy having a space to share things when I feel inspired.  

So, I’m here today to just that — share the new site and this photo I took with my phone on a recent trail run.

Lock Raven Reservoir
Lock Raven Reservoir

I’m two hundred and twenty-nine days in on an at-least-a-mile-a-day running streak. I started it when we got quarantined in March, and every Sunday, I try to hit a local trail. It’s currently one of my favorite things to do! And I always try to snap a few shots of the scenery to share on Instagram

Besides running, I’ve been trying to figure out how to navigate this crazy new world along with everyone else. My inner extrovert (does that even make sense?) has been struggling, but I’m adjusting. I don’t really have a choice. 

Right now, I’m enjoying all the fun (yes, I find it extremely fun), setting up this new website. It’s another one of my favorite things to do.

Well, that’s all I’ve got in me today. If you stumble across this post, leave me a comment. Let me know your thoughts on blogs and social media. How are you managing these days?

15 replies on “My Little Corner of Cyberspace”

Long-time reader here. I just was in the middle of writing an epic comment when my browser crashed randomly, so hopefully I’ll be able to recreate what I just said. 🙂

I’m one of those dinosaurs who uses an RSS reader to get the latest and greatest from what few blogs are still out there. I even include what few Twitter accounts I really care about in my feed. (Shoutout to Newsblur to being possibly the best RSS reader in a post-Google Reader internet.)

I’m also one of those few bloggers who still blogs on a semi-regular basis. I’ve been blogging since 2003, and mine has always been a public journal, rather than something topic-specific. Before blogs were a thing, I would keep text files on my computer that I’d entitle “Talking To Myself,” and before that I had handwritten journals. It’s so much easier to search my blog for something that happened several years ago than to flip through a handwritten journal, though, which is one reason why I keep blogging. I don’t blog nearly as often as I used to, though, because 1.) back in the day, the Internet was much more separate from Real Life, and much less searchable; and 2.) I have a son who is less than a year younger than Evan, so the “free time” I once had to sit down and record the happenings of the day now needs to be intentionally carved out.

I really wish Facebook weren’t the only game in town. If I want anyone to actually read my posts, I need to crosspost to FB and/or Twitter (or I need to consider setting up email notifications). Granted, I do have search engine spidering discouraged on my site, just because I don’t need strangers searching the internet and finding posts of mine from long ago. (It’s happened before, and it can get awkward depending on the person and the topic.)

In a previous life, I considered myself a web designer; these days, though, I design data dashboards for a living, and I haven’t even kept up with the latest advances in CSS or HTML5. I’ve used the same WordPress theme for years and years, just because a redesign of my blog doesn’t even rank on my priority list anymore.

…That’s probably long enough of a comment. 🙂 Truth be told, I’ll probably use this as a jumping-off point for a blog post sometime in the near future.

As I mentioned, I read all my blogs via RSS, and don’t get over here to actually SEE the site often. I do love the clean layout!

OMG, you have no idea how much I appreciate and love your comment! I think we old web dinosaurs (not trying to insult so, hopefully you know what I mean) who used to make websites back in the day long for the web’s old days. I know I do.

I’m still working on the new site here. I love having a clean, simple slate to post whatever I feel like whenever I feel like.

Part of me wishes I kept up my old blogs and have all that archived content, but it was so heavy, and as you said, the random strangers that come from google searches do get awkward.

Anyway, thank you again. You totally made my day!!

I am so happy you brought back your blog. I have truly missed it. I love reading about all your successes and at times frustrations of parenting. I also miss your Sensational Sunday posts too. It was something that I looked forward to reading. Trying hard not to be a dork or sound corny, but reading about your life as a parent makes having an empty nest not so, I don’t know, lonely. Anyway, welcome back and congrats on your running streak!

I miss those posts too! And I cherish all those photos I took to make them happen. The kids are older now and they need their privacy. When I get their permission I try to share as I know so many people basically watched them grow up!
Anyway, thanks! I appreciate the comment so so much!!

I like the new site a lot! I was enjoying your podcast, but understand that there is a lot to keep up with it. I’m glad to see that you will be posting recipes over here too. I’ve followed your blog since 2012/2013 and really enjoyed a lot of your recipes and content (I still tell people to check out the greenlitebites video on how to prepare a spaghetti squash). I really miss reading blogs that aren’t just ads for more items that I don’t need in my home, so this was refreshing to find.

I am so happy to see your blog back…, I have followed you for a long time and still live by- “what you can when you can…”. I for one love the blog and appreciate the break from Facebook/Instagram!! ❤️

I’ve been reading your blog for forever. I’ve had a blog myself for over a decade! There are still a few of us around. Social media is great for quick catch ups on the happenings of far away friends, but its a pretty superficial means of connecting IMO.

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