Well, the secret's out. Welcome to my brand-spanking new website!
Practically speaking, not a lot is changing except my domain. Professionally speaking, I now have a space that functions both as a beautiful portfolio of my writing and a native space for me to blog about the things that matter to me. This is something I've been meaning to do for years now, but haven't been able to afford until now. With the stipend I received from my writing fellowship, I was finally about to work with an amazing designer to put together a space that really works for my needs. I'm incredibly excited to move forward and christen this new space!
It took me ages to finally feel like I had any right to be writing about anything at all. In the last several years I've really honed my voice and gained some confidence when it comes to recognizing myself as an authority. Finally building this website feels like the final step towards legitimizing myself and my writing. I've been blogging in some form or another since I was 14 and this blog has existed in some form or another since my freshman year of college in 2009. Seven years is a long time! I'm so incredibly proud to be able to do this, even if it took me four years to get the funds together. This website is an investment in myself and my career and I'm incredibly proud that it was my writing that helped me do it.
But onto the business. While I have migrated my blog posts, I'm still working on reformatting them for this new layout so things might be a little messy in the archives for another month or so. I also did not migrate the entirety of my old blog. My college musings on Lady Gaga are of no interest to anyone unfortunately, so they are now lost to the google machine. But all the best stuff is still here. The essays, the rants and the random musings are still meticulously cataloged, even if they won't look very pretty until I finished cleaning up the archive. The original posts are all still living over at Blogger, so feel free to use them for reference when needed. I haven't managed to create redirects yet, so if older posts link you to the original blog, don't panic. It's laziness, not a technical error.
When it comes to social media, nothing will change except my profile pictures. You can still find me all over the web as @battymamzelle and I hope you'll reach out soon.
Thanks for taking this journey with me.