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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Thanks for visiting. I am no longer updating Notes to Self. I hope you'll join me on my current website, PlantingDandelions.com

The Full Notebook.

"Why are you doing this?" asked Patrick, as we both peered into the stark void of a blank Wordpress template. "I mean, why not just do a redesign of Notes? Why start all over again?"

"Because I like starting over," I said. "And because it's done."

Maybe the better word is "full." Imagine a thick, spiral bound sketchbook, bursting against its coiled spine, photographs and dried flowers and ticket stubs falling out of it, every page covered with writing on both sides, notes scribbled up and down the margins.

That is this blog, dear friends. Beloved, well-used, and complete.

When I began writing it nearly five years ago, on Christmas Eve, 2005, I gave it the first name that sprang to mind: Notes to Self. That was apt then. Now it's not.

I'm ready for a new space and a new metaphor: one that feels less like I'm letting people read over my shoulder, and more like I'm leaning across the backyard fence for a chat. "A good yarn," as my Newfoundland grandmother would have said.

So grab your cup of tea, bring your stories, and come meet me in my new backyard, Planting Dandelions. This full notebook will be here, lovingly shelved, anytime you want to come leaf through it.  From time to time, I expect, I will too.

With so much love and gratitude for all that this blog--and you--have given,

Kyran

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Photo by Whitney Loibner

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13 Comments:

Blogger Laurie said...

I, for one, love that you did this. I've been thinking about doing it so much, myself. And I'm selfishly pleased that I get a few days to talk to you about it in a FEW WEEKS.

I love that my favorite people that I've met online are the risk-takers when it matters, when it's time. For me you'll be bookmarked, anywhere you are. xo.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...

Thanks, Laurie! I just checked my blog feeds and saw my robust subscription numbers for Notes next to a teeny-tiny number for Planting Dandelions, and if you were sitting very near, you might have heard a little "gulp." But I'm trusting the "if you build it they will come" adage. And I love the power of letting go and starting fresh.

11:28 PM  
Blogger island sweet said...

i'm comin' over...

5:39 AM  
Blogger Neil said...

Congrats on change. But as someone who is very slow to change, I'm also a little sad, because this place was familiar and homey. I truly learned a lot from you about writing honestly and I enjoyed sharing your life, humor, and thoughts at this location. Thank you Kyran of Notes to Self. Don't get too big for your britches with your new "white picket-fenced" home!

Sigh. I don't like having to change RSS feeds!

6:13 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

In no time at all, that little orange subscribe button will be click-worn and smooth like the door on everyone's favorite pub. You'll see. Congratulations!

6:14 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

You're one of the first bloggers I began following. Jon from Ransom Note Typography raved about you in a post. You've been an inspiration. Just had two requests for a full manuscript -- regional publishers, but better than no publisher at all. As a mother of three boys, your advice, example and tenacity encouraged me. I just subscribed to your new feed. Congratulations on everything.

9:10 AM  
Blogger kyranpittman said...

Chris, that's TREMENDOUS! Congratulations, and remember my favorite prayer to say over opportunities: "if not this, something better." Even a rejection can lift you to the next step if you let it.

I'll be expecting updates in the comments at Planting Dandelions! xo

9:15 AM  
Blogger bluebird of paradise said...

I'm clinging to your ankle pleading Don't go! Don't go... I'll be okay after a day or so....

10:12 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

The photo choices you made for this last post and the new blog's first couldn't be better. This one is wistful and bittersweet; the other, joyful and inviting. I'd say you don't even need words, if I didn't love your words so much.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Will you be adding a gadget for http://www.plantingdandelions.com/, for use on iGoogle home pages? That is how I followed http://www.notestoself.us/

11:25 AM  
Blogger Kyran said...

Paul, yes, we'll add one this week! Thank you for bringing it up.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

i have silently read your notes to self, since almost the beginning, just as i was starting my own beginning. i have enjoyed all that you have shared with us. thank you for the kind words, encouragement, laughter, tears and joy you have given over the years [wow]. you didn't know you were doing it, but it sure has meant a great deal to me. thank you.
i'll be adding a new bookmark, but won't be deleting this one. i'll revisit like an favorite book

7:51 PM  
Blogger No New is Good News said...

Can't wait to read the book and the blog :) xo Tara

9:46 PM  

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