A shiny new design, and a new simpler address: www.boston2berkeley.com If you’re reading this via Google Reader, please consider clicking through to check out the new design. You can also update your RSS feeds.
Just a little over a year ago, I started the first iteration of my Boston2Berkeley blog. I’d been reading blogs for years, and periodically flirted with writing one myself. After a few months adjusting to a new apartment, city, state, and time zone, I decided to create a WordPress blog, “just to figure out the software.”
Every one of the original posts is still here if you dig into the archives, though I didn’t tell anyone about the blog for the first few months. I’ve always liked bridges and architecture, so I put together my first header in Paint:
That’s the Leonard Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge on the left (you can see it from my grandmother’s house in Boston), and the Golden Gate on the right. The Bunker Hill bridge picture is actually my sister’s, and the Golden Gate is J’s. I was positively no good at photography when I started, and had no pictures of my own. (Though I have improved a lot in the last year!)
After a few months I told my family and J about the blog. I started using twitter to connect with other people and share my blog posts. For many months I just wrote, occasionally photographed, and then shared on the blog.
In May of 2011, I read this post of Courtney’s about a foodie book club. I emailed her, and met up with Courtney, her sister Caitlin, Talia, Julia, and Kerry. I had a great time with the girls, and this helped me past the obstacle of my natural shyness, so that when Aron organized a Bay Area running meet up in June, I emailed her and went. I was still a little nervous. I’d never driven out to Walnut Creek before, but I managed to not get lost, and I met up with everyone at Iron Horse trail. We split up into different groups and ran a whole variety of distances along the trail before heading back over to Peet’s for coffee. It was great to meet everyone, and fun to meet people like Aron, Cate, and Megan, whose blogs I’d been reading for months.
I left the meet up feeling so happy. I’d conquered my natural shyness and felt like I’d gained so much. We’d talked for hours after the run, and I’d met a whole group of people who shared my passions for running and food, a group I probably wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t started my little blog.
In September I felt like the blog needed a makeover, and I switched up the theme and banner to look a little more like what you’re all used to:
These pictures were all mine except the second from the left. (J took that salad picture, and I liked it far too much to leave it out.) My little blog had kept growing, my photos had gotten better, and I was posting several times a week on food, running, and recipes I had created. I was so proud of that banner that I had created, and proud of how far I had come in just ten months. Every month the blog got a little bigger, and took over a little more of my life.
So here we are today:
I’ve been working on the new design and self-hosting for about a month now, and I love the new design. It’s my own work, and I’m very proud of it. J performed some magic to help me get everything over from WordPress, and I’ve been moving and tweaking everything since. Hopefully there won’t be too many bumps in the road with the transition, but please do let me know if you find anything awry.
There’s still a lot to come (with an easy way to organize and search for recipes the next project in the works), but I hope you’ll join me here in this new space. Thank you so much for reading!