I just destroyed my website

… and I couldn’t be happier.

Bear with me, since this post is going to be all about me. (Look! I’ve already used “me” twice in a sentence!)

Yesterday, I broke apart the Rock Unemployment site. Today, I’m taking down the Twitter feed. I’m killing off the Disqus comments, too, and returning to the standard WordPress commenting system.

Thanks to two terrific blog posts (from Marie Forleo and Elsie of A Beautiful Mess), I’ve realized that it’s time to simplify and stop doing the crap that was taking up all of my time and keeping me from the good stuff. I want to share ideas, learn from you, and do it all with the tools that I enjoy: a simple website and an email list.

I’m tired of writing what I think I *should* be writing—it was boring to me, so I can’t even imagine how YOU feel about it—and I want to start writing stuff that I find interesting. That may or may not include:

  • Restructuring the way we learn and work: Our education system here in the US is crap. Our jobs are worse. Freelancing and creative gigging are perfectly legitimate options for a lot of folks, and we should start talking about that.
  • Minimalism and the simple life: I’ve been tracking my progress reducing my personal consumption over at Daily Guilt. I want to share that with you.
  • Cool people doing cool stuff: I keep bookmarking awesome projects I see on the web and in real life, such as this cool-as-hell Flickr set by Jason Travis, showing people and their stuff. I find these projects inspirational. If you’re like me, you’ll probably dig ’em, too.

I agonized about these changes and even called my friend, Dyana, for “permission” before I started deleting code.

I don’t know where this site is going, or if I should even call it Rock Unemployment anymore, but I’m moving forward and figuring it out on my way. I’d love your feedback, suggestions, or great links (I’ve been reading a lot). Let’s get this party started!

16 thoughts on “I just destroyed my website”

  1. You go girl! I like your style and outlook. And the info :)

    How’s it goin’ these days? Except for a hassle or two from my bank, life is good.

    Be well.


  2. Thanks, Michael! Glad to hear life’s good for you. I’m doing well, too… Making space in my life for some great upcoming projects. :-)

  3. Hey Melanie,

    Sad to lose a twitter follower so early out of the gate (I was so happy to have ten whole people…yeah, still a little new), but I thought your site was pretty cool. I liked your job ebook too. Nice title btw, it’s a sentiment I definitely share.

    Anyway, good luck trimming your life back down to the more important items. Hope some rad things come your way.


    1. Paul, sorry about that! :-)
      Congrats on your new site. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Though I won’t be tweeting, I’ll add you to my RSS reader.

      All the best,

  4. hip, hip, hooooray!!! I love your bravada, M. this is super exciting–and truly what “rocking” anything is all about–getting clear, honest and walking your talk. way to goooo! i’m curious–but also suspect that this is going to lead to easier, better and more fun–all around.

  5. Well – You certainly know how to get someone’s attention with that subject line! LOL! I thought for a split second one of my clients had blown up their site!

    I’m looking forward to seeing all the new info… and of course whatever you dig up!
    (in Denver)

  6. It’s your website. Do what’s fun, interesting and inspiring. The more excited you are about what you write, the more excited people will be to read it.

    Have fun with it!

    1. Thanks, Amy! I just checked out your site… I’m going to have to make some of those raw donut holes!

  7. Hi Melanie,
    I’m a first-time visitor to your site and it looks like my lucky day. I LOVE that you used “me” twice in the same sentence and I LOVE that your trimming and taking control.

    You’re my kind of gal.

    Keep up the great work and I’ll be seeing you ’round real soon.
    Thumbs up!

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