Oct 07

Sprucing things up after chemo

Today is my first real no-chemo Monday. And I’m celebrating by setting up new digs for the blog. When I set up the tumblr blog, I was 2 days post-diagnosis, not really able to think straight, and really not thinking long term. Tumblr was easy, quick and free, so off I went. Right away, the commenting issues arose and with a little help and a plug-in, I got something going. Except I was never really happy with it.

My focus though, over the last 9 months, was to deal with treatment, my family, my life. In the back of my head though, the entire time, I was wondering how to fix my blog. To make it more me. Less All-Cancer-All-The-Time and more: Shit-happens-to-me-like-you-wouldn’t-believe with a side of crafting. I know. Random. But that is how I pictured it in my head. Or, as I described it to Natasha*** in a chat yesterday: ‘Like the Bloggess, with with more cancer and less taxidermy.’

Which brings it all together quite nicely: This is a progression of the cancer blog. I’m done with chemo, I’m ready for rads, but I’m also ready for whatever comes after. I need to be funny again. I need to post about the insane stuff I’m hot-gluing in my craft room. I need to tell you about the hilarious late-night wine-infused chats I’m having with my crazy friends.

This is the plan:

  • cancer post once a week, plus more during rads
  • craft post once a week
  • excerpts from my insane conversations with friends
  • a look back at old blog posts. I don’t mean from this blog. I mean from the old blogs. I’ve been littering all over the internet since 2001. Some of that was quite funny. Time to gather the best ones and let a new set of eyes look at them.

We’ll see how it goes. For now, please update your bookmarks, feeds, or paper scribbles on your fridge, this is the new permanent home OUTRUNNINGTHECLOUD.COM  (ps, see at the way top left, the orange square, that’s a convenient RSS feed button. along with all my other social media feeds. I’m making it easy for you to stalk me!)

And if you come back tomorrow, I promise, I have got an EPIC and mega-embarassing story to share with you!


*** sidenote: as part of this new blog, I will be quoting my friends, so I gave them all an opportunity to pick their own aliases. Natasha is not her real name, but it suits her perfectly! And yes, we are all aware that people who know us in real life will know who everyone is. But it’s also very fun to pretend that one day this blog will go viral and their identities have been protected!



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  1. Angela

    This makes me so happy. A permanent home! Welcome back.

    1. outrunningthecloud

      Did you see the list of Kickass Bloggers?

  2. Nance

    Woot! I like this setup. Wine-infused chats… must hear!

  3. Joanne

    I just learned what that orange box does. Your blog has already changed my life.

    1. outrunningthecloud

      that’s what I’m here for Joanne, to change lives by teaching people things about the internet! also, you correctly commented on the blog itself and not the Facebook page. That’s the equivalent of a Master’s Degree on the internet!

  4. Meg

    Looks good!

  5. Nat

    Very, very cool! Love the new digs, the color scheme, and the plan for wine!

    Also, 6 years ago tomorrow (well, technically just about now in China time…), I was about to meet my daughter, and felt like I was somewhat more knowledgeable about what was to come, thanks to one of your old blogs (and the friendship that it brought!). So yay for all that great stuff!

    1. outrunningthecloud

      I remember that day!
      and whenever people question my blogging or why I put all my stuff out there, I always say the same thing: my blog has brought me some of the best friends I know. and my kids have a community of chinese cousins that all came through the old blog. who knows who will come into my life because of the cancer blog, but if it’s anything like the adoption one, I can’t wait!

  6. Nat

    Also, the time on your blog says that it’s already Tuesday, so there! 6 years!

    1. outrunningthecloud

      I have no idea why it’s doing that! great, more work for me!

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