Goodbye Me, Hello Mess

Today marks several occasions. Not only is it three years and a day since I started this site, but this will be the first post under its new name, A Better Mess. The name will be the first of many changes you will see here on the site. I don’t want to get too deep into what the new name is all about (tune in tomorrow for that), but I can tell you that it will be an attempt to focus in on what I find myself talking about as I continue to get my act together and hit publish five times a week.

Over the years of writing this site, I’ve done a ton wrong. I’m going to be sharing much of this in a new series, How To Be A Crappy Blogger (I will be speaking entirely from experience) which I plan to start early next year. Going forward, I hope to keep moving in the right direction and start doing more right. In fact, the logo and the name are just the first of several changes I plan to make. Keep an eye out for an actual about-the-author page (just like a real blogger), some resources to help you better navigate the site and a way to go about contacting me (yeah, like I said, I’ve done a lot of things wrong…).

I went back and fourth on keeping the site as (I mean how could anyone abandon such an easy-to-spell domain name?!?),1 but I want the site to reflect what I talk about here: improving even when you think you aren’t capable.

There’s a lot to come, so if you haven’t subscribed for free, there is no time like the present. Looking forward to continually improving the site (myself as well while I’m at it) and continuing to offer up useful content for you along the way. Let me know what you think of the new logo, the new name and tune in tomorrow to hear a bit more about what it actually means to be A Better Mess.

  1. Just ask Danny Brown and Gini Dietrich… I sort of drove them nuts…  

28 Responses to Goodbye Me, Hello Mess

  1. Good on you, Michael. I am sure it will be a successful journey for you. You learn a lot by blogging everyday. What is popular. What is not. What matters to you and your clients, and then the rest of us. Cheers!

    • Thanks Geoff! It’s absolutely helped there. Although sometimes I still veer into things people probably don’t care about as much as I do :) 

      Selfishly, it’s also been essential for developing better patterns and habits. Something I was in need of!

  2. Officially the whitest web site (color design) I’ve been to in a while. Hmmm, must be a jewish thing 😉

    Happy for you bud, and looking forward to seeing where this all goes. Like anyone else that reads your machinations, I enjoy the way your odd mind seems to sprinkle out on the screen.



    • I like to consider it one part minimalist, one part no design talent whatsoever (and one part homage to my pastiness)! Here’s hoping there is the occasional cherry on top of all of those sprinkles… Thanks man!

  3. Love the Squiggle Michael! It really rings true. 50 years ago, Maxwell Maltz of Psycho-Cybernetics called it guided missile technology. I use the concept to describe the custom design process.

    Like Dan says, keep doing that thing you do. Us flatlanders count on it.

    P.S. Don’t loose TechySchecky. I count on that

    • That’s definitely a good way to look at it. While I think I’m a ways away from being a guided missile, the aspiration is certainly worthwhile. As for the Techie Scheky series, it isn’t going anywhere. I still believe that for the naturally disorganized, there is no better aid than the right tech. That said, I also don’t just want to start talking about more apps for the sake of having things to talk about. Started writing about this last night, but I think I’m going to start pivoting a bit to talk about workflows and better ways to use the apps I’ve already shared (as well as the traditional post for any new apps I add in).

  4. […] When I started A Better Mess, it was very much a part of my attempt to improve. There was no big plan or larger ambition for the site. I had no real desire to engage or to get a conversation going. The purpose of the site was to create a space that offered similar challenges and responsibilities as my everyday work, but that lacked the mess I’d inevitably need to clean up. It was a place to experiment, to learn, to screw up and to attempt to do better. I did it publicly as the commitment to readers (both of them) kept me honest and their feedback challenged my ideas. […]

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