Boredom isn’t always the devil’s playground. Sometimes boredom is so intolerable it can lead you to desperate actions to rid yourself of its special kind of pain–actions like, hmm…getting falling down drunk, hitting the mall and buying a bunch of stuff you don’t even want, sleeping the day away, eating an entire roll of chocolate chunk cookie dough, watching Internet porn, having sex with strangers, building a giraffe made out of toothpicks, crafting a voodoo doll of your narcissist ex (hey, if anyone has ever done this, can you post a picture of it, pretty please?), or…remodeling your blog.
So that’s what I did. I’m too scared to change my whole theme yet (I’m still on Twenty Ten) because of my (probably irrational) phobia about losing everything or the slightly more likely nightmare of my blog becoming FUBAR, or at the very least, all my Shares and Likes disappearing. But t I did make some pretty drastic changes within the same theme: the title font, the background, the header graphic, the sub-header, and the color scheme.
I think this look is more eye catching and the fonts and font background colors easier to read. I also think the new sub-head (up in the header graphic) fits my new focus–while I still will cover personality disorders (especially Cluster B disorders), narcissistic abuse, and healing, I realize that only about 60-70% of my posts have much or anything to do with those topics. I cover a lot of other topics that interest, inspire, or entertain me too, and have been doing so for awhile. So I wanted a sub-header that might attract followers and readers who just like general purpose blogs that have a lot of different kinds of content.
I also took the apostrophe out of Otters, so now the title is Lucky Otters Haven instead of Lucky Otter’s Haven. I think the look is cleaner, and it isn’t ungrammatical either, because I know I’m not the only otter here swimming up from the dark and murky waters of a traumatic past. I kept the word “borderline” in there because it’s an important part of this blog’s focus and my recovery, but it’s far from being my only focus. I wanted to draw less attention to BPD being an affliction, even though it is (BPD is to Marburg Virus what NPD is to Ebola) and more to the unusual and sometimes surreal vantage point it gives me when looking at myself and this crazy, horrible, and wonderful world I find myself a part of.
I hope everyone likes the facelift and new attitude. Please feel free to let me know if you think it could be even better or even if you hate it. I do listen to suggestions and unlike real otters, I don’t bite (well not usually, anyway).
On September 10th, this blog will be entering its Terrible Twos!
I can hardly believe it’s been that long and at the same time, it seems like I’ve been doing this forever. That’s next weekend. I’ll be doing a big post about all the changes Lucky Otter’s Haven has gone through since its inception, including screenshots (thanks to The Wayback Machine) of what this blog has looked like over time since September 2014.