Spring is a time for change and sometimes an excuse to reinvent ourselves. This year, instead of buying a bunch of new clothes I don’t really need, I’m trying out a new name and a new look for my blog.

At first this site was solely a static repository for my on-line portfolio and resume. When I decided to start posting to the blog, I thought my topics should clearly relate to my work as a writer and my posts should show my professional side. But while I can be journalistic or technical when the need arises, my natural inclination in writing is more informal and often humorous, and when my posts reflected that, they didn’t seem “professional” enough.

So I’ve decided to stop trying to make my blog be personal and funny and also businesslike and serious. Instead, I just want to write about what interests me without trying to shoe-horn every idea into a restrictive concept of a blog post. I know I’m going against the conventional wisdom I learned in Blogging 101 about having a clear focus, but like me, my blog still doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up.

Conventional wisdom also says the blog title should be meaningful and clear. While calling the blog “Kathryn Almy” was clear enough, it wasn’t exactly meaningful. I realize that in terms of meaningfulness, “A Gal in Kalamazoo” is not an improvement, but I did choose it for a reason (and all credit for thinking of the idea goes to my friend Marion—many thanks!). The new title is more relaxed and a little bit tongue-in-cheek, and it’s also unusual and, I hope, more noticeable. I’m not the only gal in Kalamazoo, (and certainly not THE gal), but I’m very proud to live in Kalamazoo. It’s a great town, and I’ve liked its singular name since I came here to go to college.

This doesn’t mean I’m going to be writing exclusively about—or for—Kalamazoo, although I’m sure I will sometimes. I’ll also probably write about writing from time to time (I hope this blog will have some coherence), as well as anything else that falls under the category of “Things I Want to Write About Which I Hope Will Be of Interest to Others.”

While I’m at it, I decided to try out a new look, too. WordPress offers so many themes, the choices are somewhat overwhelming, but I like this one (Chateau), because it seems crisp and readable and a bit distinctive, too, which is what I always hope for in my writing!

I’d love to hear your comments about how the readability or design of the site could be improved.