Changing Up

To my faithful readers (all five of you):

I’m planning some upcoming changes to brannongolden.com soon—well, soon for me…as soon as I can get around to them, anyway. I just wanted to let you know in advance because things are probably going to break and look ugly/ier for a little bit until I can get it all sorted out. Here’s why:

I’ve been using the tagline, “I write…so you don’t have to,” for about four and a half years now. My original premise when I first purchased the brannongolden.com domain was to “pimp my wares,” which is a nice way of saying, “letting people know what services I may equitably provide them.” No, wait…switch those around. People often refer to starting their website as “hanging out a shingle,” but I don’t think that means the same thing now that it did in, you know, medieval times. Now it has a different connotation (to me, at least.) And nobody wants to see that hanging out on the web.

Anyways, several months ago, back when we were visiting Greece (the country, not the musical), I decided that I wanted to start blogging in a manner that entertained me. And if anybody else enjoyed it as well, that would just be gravy. (And who among us doesn’t like gravy? Am I right or am I right?) It’s like that old saying, “Misery loves company,” so I figured at least a handful of people would tag along. (Turns out I was aiming too high.)

I’m a huge fan of the genius of @badbanana, he of the Twitter fame (407,232 followers?!? Seriously?!?). He once tweeted, “Misery loves company picnics.” So true.

So here’s what I’m gonna do (or, as Kanye might say it, “Hee’s what I’ma do”):

I’m going to simplify somewhat. My plan is to move to only words, since that’s what my mom says I’m best at. (And she’s my mom, so why would she lie to me…right?) The home page at brannongolden.com will have two halves, something like “Serious” and “Less So,” or perhaps “Business” and “Fun.” The “Less So” (which on my site now I refer to as “Sillier Things” in the menu options above) will lead you here, to my dumb blog. The other half will be building out what’s now “Serious Work.”

While I had hoped to spend more time entertaining people and giving them the opportunity to laugh (hopefully sometimes even out loud), and just have kind of a respite from all of the seriousness of our lives, I also have to kind of be a grown-up (or something) and be more serious about the writing I do for a living. I much prefer being a doofus online, but of course that’s not paying any of my bills. (Despite my incessant begging, you guys have just been no help in that department.)

At some point, I’ll also be changing over my Facebook structure. My plan is to create two new pages. One will be the same obnoxious smarmy feed you’ve come to expect from me there, and the other will be a “serious” one about the kinds of business services I can offer (like exorcisms and exotic dancing at bachelor parties, bat mitzvahs and kids’ birthdays). The downside to that is that, if you’re my Friend on Facebook, and you want to keep seeing the “fun” stuff, you’ll have to “Like” the page I set up for that. I’ll then reserve my “normal” Facebook profile for family and personal things that actually are related to my friends, and not just me, and not just me embarrassingly screaming for attention. (I haven’t decided yet how I’ll accomplish the same thing on Twitter.)

So, any questions? Certainly I welcome your feedback. (Not that I’ll actually take any of it into consideration, of course—but I prefer to leave you with at least the impression that you are valued in our relationship). Does anybody really even care? Do you think Sarah Palin seriously has a shot at the White House at some point in the future? (Whether yes or no, please defend your position.)

7 Responses to “Changing Up”

  1. Mark Morris December 8, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    Well, I for one wish you mucho success in the new format and will look forward to your new posts. As for Sarah Palin, I know everybody else seems to think she’s great, but Dear God I hope not!

    • Brannon December 9, 2010 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks. I don’t know whether it will be more successful, but it certainly will be cleaner.

  2. Aunt May December 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    I am not big on change, but if you write I will continue to read.

    • Brannon December 9, 2010 at 9:35 am #

      Aw, thanks!

  3. Debbie Golden Miller Sewell (whew!) December 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    My friends have been reading your blog and LOVE IT! They just don’t comment on it. I’m sure your new ideas are fantabulous and God will bring you great success. “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord….” Can’t wait!

  4. Debbie Golden Miller Sewell (whew!) December 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    Regarding Sarah Palin: I feel quite certain she will make it to the White House. She is one smart cookie and is running over with good sense. A plus is that if the White House is ever besieged by wildebeasts, moose (meece??) or grizzly bears she’ll have it covered! Oh, and she will NEVER invite that sissy Kate Goselin to a White House dinner!

  5. becky schofield December 18, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Don’t care if you change it, just as long as you keep writing. You make me laugh!

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