Rebranding for 2015 – Welcome to Norm 2.0

To be totally honest I was never in love with the original title for this blog. In fact there were times when I downright hated it.

Firstly it was too long. I also noticed that others politely shied away when trying to make mention of it in shout-outs, pingbacks, or reblogs. And I was starting to find the overly cutesy alliterative title: Miscellaneous Musings of a Middle-aged Mind, well a little annoying.

However in my own defense it was the first acceptable name I came up with when I decided to go ahead with this blog. And knowing how much of a perfectionist I can be, I forced myself to go ahead with it… at least until I could come up with something I liked better. Otherwise I knew it might take months (which it did – 10 to be exact!) to make a decision. Or worse; I’d change my mind about blogging and this whole thing would have never seen the light of day.

So without further ado: Welcome to Norm 2.0 !

And for those newer followers who are wondering where the new title comes from, you can read about it here: The Day I almost Died.

It seems that what started last spring as a place to display my creative writing projects, opinion pieces, and my different writing styles for potential freelance clients has morphed into more of a photography blog, with an occasional writing post thrown in.

You know what? I like it like this.

With that in mind I can tell you the content won’t change much, though I may tweak the appearance a bit here and there. All of my regular photo features will stay and I will try to take part in a few more photo challenges this year.

I do want to include a few new writing features, and spend more time telling you about the very special corner of the world I live in as well.  So please stay tuned, there may be a few little additions in store later in the year.

In the meantime I have enjoyed meeting other photographers and writers from all over the world to share our thoughts, opinions, and ideas in this wonderful place we call the WordPress community.

I thank every single one of you for clicking that follow button here as well as on Twitter. Your likes, favs, and mostly your comments and encouragement have convinced me that I made the right decision when I first hit Publish on my very first post back in April 2014

Now I just need to figure out how, or even if I need to, change the URL over to something a little easier to find as well.

Here’s to what’s to come: Cheers and as always Thanks so much for looking 🙂



About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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36 Responses to Rebranding for 2015 – Welcome to Norm 2.0

  1. Trent Lewin says:

    I like the new title! I was also okay with the old one.

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  2. Robert says:

    I did like the aliteration though 😛

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  3. I liked your very first post Norm. I would add one more thing to the list. “Always stay at least twenty years younger in your head”

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  4. jaklumen says:

    Here by way of the #SundayBlogShare

    I am looking at rehab/physio/injury recovery AGAIN– after back surgery #2 this Wednesday. So I read your “The Day I almost Died” post, and, *sigh* I hope I can work back to something like that, because I was mad that didn’t happen after surgery #1.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Patience my friend. The body takes time to heal. That was the maddening thing for me, anyway. That and coming to terms with the fact that there are things I just cannot do is not easy, that I’m sure you already know. Good luck and take it one day at a time 🙂


      • jaklumen says:

        True that, Norm. I’m just frustrated because I waited a few years for the vertebrae fusion to heal, only to find I’ve got much the same problem all over again.

        I’ve had to adjust a few things, for sure.

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  5. Gene'O says:

    I like the new title very much. I think it is much more appealing, and works for a wider audience than the original one.

    My original blog title was “The Writing Catalog” and I ended up finding it too stodgy and too limiting, content-wise. I started with it for the same reason you did — first acceptable title I came up with. That’s why I went with Just Gene’O.

    I also ended up changing the URL, but I did it the hard way — just set up a new blog, moved the archives, and blogged about the design process and the move for two months to get most of my followers to come with. That was a lot of work, and I lost a few readers, I think. If you do decide to change the URL, and you don’t mind paying for it, the redirect is the way to go.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks for much for the feedback and advice yesterday. I’m going to let the dust settle for a month or so before making a final decision on the URL.
      Yes, if I do decide to change, it’ll be with the redirect.

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  6. Austin says:

    Is it a free upgrade or do we have to buy some sort of patch to make it work? 🙂

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  7. NancyTex says:

    I’m all for driving efficiency, so go from ~40 characters in your old title to ~7 in your new one is pretty awesome. 🙂 Welcome Norm 2.0!

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  8. Cindi says:

    I like the new name too!

    As a teaching assistant for WordPress classes, I can tell you that changing the URL of your blog IS possible … but as noted in comments above, it can create a lot of issues now that has been established for so long.

    Unless you’re going to buy a domain name without “wordpress” in the middle, it’s really not worth changing anything.

    Welcome to 2015, Norm 2.0!! 🙂

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  9. I like the new name and will look forward to new photos and posts in 2015. Please keep your Thursday door post – I love your doors. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      No worries Judy. I have door posts scheduled well into February and many more in the can for future posts. It has become one of my favourite features too.


  10. enmanscamera says:

    That name works just fine! Happy New Year.

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  11. Serins says:

    I like Norm 2.0 … nice simple easy to remember … catchy even. You can change the URL of your blog, I know it is possible… but alas I have no idea as to how, and the one person I know who did do that said he had lots of bugs afterwards… so. 🙂

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  12. Coming up with the name that most suits you and that you like is hard and I’m glad you came up with something you like. I was told not to change the URL because it messes with your SEO. I don’t know about that because I did it anyway and I seem to have done okay, but granted I was only a month or so in.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks. I think I’ve already come to the same cautious conclusion on the URL – but I think I’ll leave it alone; I don’t like unpleasant surprises.


  13. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Here’s to a new you in the new year! 🙂

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  14. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Norm, I love it! Simple and practical, now I’m jumping to the other post to see why Norm2.0.

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