Sounds scary, right? With 12 ba-zillion networking sites bouncing around inside my brain, I'm trying to get organized. Now just happens to be the best time for this for five great reasons:
1. It's getting colder outside, and moving indoors to hibernate for the winter means that I'll be spending a lot more time in front of my computer screen. Digital projects, gardening research, quotes from Pinterest, online shopping... it's about to get bad. I can feel it coming.
2. This quote I spied the other day via @Real_Simple: "To change your life: Start Immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions." -- William Jones. Now, I'll admit, I have no clue who Mr. William Jones is, but I think he's on to something here...
3. The architecture bug has struck again. I've come to terms with the fact that for the rest of my life, "architecture," as a field, is going to inspire the tar out of me. I know it. It's just going to happen. And probably, it's going to happen at the worst times possible. Like now? Yeah. But here's the thing, even though I can't move into "Start a career" phase yet, there are a ton of things that I am passionate about. I know that if I can find a way to channel and document these things, essentially, if I can KEEP LEARNING about them, I'll be that much closer to them when I can finally begin. So here's to NOT GIVING UP ON DREAMS. (Thank you for letting me publish my little self-pep-talk.)
4. I'm already on my third cup of coffee this morning. My fingers are moving even faster than my hyped-up brain. I call this feeling "inspired."
5. It's Friday. So, why the heck not?
So, here's the deal: I know that I don't have some huge "online following" (I'm not that naive,) but laying all this out in "interwebs public" is going to help me feel the pressure to stick with it. (Plus, if someone ever does find all of this, and stalker-reads all of my back posts, I'd like there to be a beginning of sorts, and this would be that.) This blog will be the "hub" of sorts for everything; if I feel like it, it gets posted here. I have another blog where I post the same project-y things I post here, and I want to keep doing that, but I like things separate and organized so that will stay strictly projects. Find it here: http://chelseaplays.blogspot.com/ . As for this insane arch-attack, I started a Tumblr dedicated to disaster-relief housing. It feels scary to declare that that is where I'd like to end up someday, it's a very lofty goal, but after my three cups of coffee the world is full of bright color. Find it here if you want: http://alittleshelter.tumblr.com/ . Then there's Pinterest. No explanation needed; it's like living in a dream world where everyone else "just gets you." Seriously, check it out and get addicted: http://pinterest.com/chelsasaurus . Socially, I jumped on the Google+ train a little while back, you can find me there if you want. Facebook is really bumming me out, but I can't quit it, my family all finally showed up to the party, and we live too far away to cut off their only life-line to our daily activities. I'm still hangin' in there. Twitter, to the right, is about to become my shameless posting haven. I have, like, 1 follower that actually checks out what I'm doing, but that's ok (because sometimes I sort of geek-out.) Also, it's public, and actually, I don't think that anyone on Twitter actually cares what anyone else on the web is doing, as long as they can think that that everyone else cares what they are doing. It's the most self-absorbed method of pretending to keep in touch that's out there. (JUST my opinion... twitter gods, please don't eat me.) Lastly, LinkedIn, what are you?!?!? I have a profile there for networking purposes (???) but I instantly delete all emails that it sends, and I check it maybe three times a year (If I don't accept your request, it's because really, deep down, I don't want to end up hating you. If we're friends there, and you're reading this... errmmm, I'm sorry??) It probably (ok, fine, strike 'probably') has to do with it feeling like a terrible reunion where you have to hear about how successful everyone else is all the time. And of course, you're the one in the corner with weak bragging points (I don't think that my really awesome dog gives me 'LinkedIn points.' And why not??) I don't have my dream career (YET) and LinkedIn just makes me angry about it instead of confident. (But, you can still find me there if you're a successful disaster-relief-shelter- designing firm, and you want to offer me a rockin' job. Just sayin'.)
So there it is - my public declaration to take control of the world wide web (or at least my miniscule little corner of it.) Come and find me, if you want. Oh, and thanks.