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… []
  • Anonymous

    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!

    • MSchechter

      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!

  • Craig Jarrow

    Michael, good luck with the new name and direction!

    Look forward to seeing it. 

    • MSchechter

      Really appreciate it! Hope to do right by your time!

  • Anonymous

    Like the new name. You already got the writing skills. Keep doing that thing you do and good luck :)

    • Danny Brown


      • MSchechter

        Don’t make me fight you…

      • Anonymous

        F* off, Brown.

    • MSchechter

      Thanks Dan! I really appreciate you weathering the ire of Danny Brown to say that :)

      • Anonymous

        He’s all kilt.

        • MSchechter

          Thanks man! Despite Gini telling me I’m a moron it just felt right :) Thanks for popping by on day 1, 2.0!

  • Danny Brown

    Where’s my Pop Chips???

    • Gini Dietrich

      Seriously?! Mine too!

    • MSchechter

      You opted out, not my problem.

      • Danny Brown

        Bite me.

  • Gini Dietrich

    Sort of?!?

    • MSchechter

      Point taken…

  • Marcus Sheridan

    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.



    • MSchechter

      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!

  • Frank Dickinson

    OMG – I love the logo and name!

    Looking forward to the next three years bud – keep it rockin’

  • Erin Feldman

    I like the scribble and the name! You’re making a lot of changes, too. It’s going to be an exciting and scary (Scary for me anyway.) 2012.

    • MSchechter

      Certainly preferable to a boring one :)

  • Todd Chandler

    Bold. Brilliant. Brave. I can barely wait to see what it becomes.

    • MSchechter

      Hopefully, better :) Thanks, good sir!

  • Ed Estlow

    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

    • MSchechter

      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).

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