March 28, 2011

Forging on Into My Internet Future

I’ve been blogging here at Waking Vixen (Blogger, then MovableType, then WordPress) since July 2004. As you’ve surely noticed, I don’t blog as much or the way I used to. I used to write daily: long personal stories, cultural analysis, pictures, TMI— but I don’t anymore. Waking Vixen was once my entire online home, a sex media production company, the center of my internet universe. But I have changed, and so has the internet.

Waking Vixen has been sitting quiet and unposted-on a lot in the past few years. That’s a shame, but I haven’t been exactly silent. I have been super active in other places online. Blogwise, I spent 8 months running Naked City for the Village Voice in 2008, and for the past two years I’ve been editing and writing for Akimbo, the blog I launched at my job at the International Women’s Health Coalition. I’ve also been especially verbose on Twitter, hang out a bit on Facebook, and document my reading habits on Goodreads.

And during these years, Waking Vixen has been languishing. I occasionally drop in to make an announcement or write some commentary. But the truth is, no matter how many times I vow to myself that I’m going to blog here more, I don’t. It’s taken me a while to even think about letting go, but its time. I keep resisting the urge to write “Waking Vixen, RIP” – because that is and is not what’s happening here. Waking Vixen and the silo’d solo blog doesn’t feel organic to me in the way it once did, and the way other platforms do now.

So, this is my last post here on Waking Vixen. The entirety of the blog will be archived at wakingvixen.audaciaray.com – I will not be pulling it offline. I also will not be shutting up. For the past few weeks, I have been rediscovery blogging and figuring out how to make it fun again. I’m thriving on a different platform – Tumblr. If you read Waking Vixen by RSS you’ve already noticed that there are a ton of posts – they’re all coming from Tumblr. If you use Tumblr, we can hang out there. If not, all the posts will be published at http://blog.audaciaray.com. There’s a lot of stuff I’m still tinkering with and deciding on, but I’m not doing any kind of super-coordinated relaunch because that’s not how I work, and the internet is always a work in progress anyway.

There’s a part of me that feels sad about saying goodbye to this domain, to this part of my internet identity. Waking Vixen has played an enormous role in my life over the past seven years, in good and bad ways. But hanging onto it has become an act of nostalgia, not a reflection of how I’m actually using the internet. So: a big cheers and a fond farewell to what this space has been. I’ll be seeing you around the internet.

1 Comment on “Forging on Into My Internet Future”

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Joan Price
3.28.11
1:57 pm

I’d love to know more about what went into your decision. I’m doing Twitter and Facebook, and I co-publish some of my posts on other sites, but I find my blog to be central to the work I do writing about sex & aging. It’s a comfortable, attractive format, and doesn’t intimidate my readers who might not be as tech-savvy as yours.

Obviously your experience is different — you sound as if you’ve outgrown your blog. Curious to know more….

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