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same blog, different name

Editor’s Note:
I was planning to share this idea later on, but what I just discovered is that when you buy a domain name to go with your blog, it happens RIGHT NOW. No turning back, y’all. And so, here we go!…

Off and on, I’ve been considering changing what I call the blog for a while. “Aimless digressions” made a lot of sense back in 2005 when I first started blogging. Back then, I often found myself writing rambling tangents about life in my twenties, travel, politics, and our many moves, but there was no common thread to represent the musings. I quite literally aimlessly digressed.

Much has changed since then, namely that I became a mom. Suddenly, I had this crazy fun and incessantly needy human being to care for, and it made for a lot of writing material. Although I still ramble and digress, I think for the most part my posts have taken on a common theme of the trials and successes of a thirty-something parent. More specifically, I often feel that I am forging a new path in parenthood; I am one of the first of my friends and family in our generation to have kids, and similarly I am one of the first I know to quit my job to stay home with my kids for a time.

Thus, we have arrived at my desire to change my name. I suppose I should say change my name again; for those of you who have been following the blog since the beginning (hi Dad!), there was a short time during our England stay where I called the blog something like “Justine & Nate’s Adventures in the UK.”

Without further ado, I am proud to present the new me: the lone home ranger. The idea for the name blossomed out of a post I wrote back in September, in which I waxed poetic about being a “stay at home mommy.” I eschew that title, ditto homemaker and housewife, which has left me feeling nameless.

That post was a bit long-winded, and looking back it appears to be more of a tirade than I had intended. But here’s the gist. Calling myself a home ranger feels much more “me,” and although I sometimes feel alone, my blog helps me feel there are compadres out there who are also experiencing life’s laugh-out-loud ridiculous, happy, crazy moments. My hope for this blog is that it can be a place we can experience these moments together.

So… what do you think? Like my therapist always says, brutal honesty is the only way we are going to get anywhere. Lemme know your thoughts, brutal or otherwise.