With BlogHer 2013* coming up next week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the different facets of my blogging “career”. BlogHer 2009 in Chicago was my first conference (though I had been blogging since 2007), and back then, even though I’ve always been the same person online as in real life, my online identity looked like this:

Melisa with tiara

Remember that? I love that picture. I used the six-year-old me as my avatar from 2007 until 2011, and truth be told, I was a little scared of changing it. Change is good, though, so I did. I haven’t looked back since! (Well, until now.)

If you don’t remember the six-year-old me, you probably also don’t remember what Suburban Scrawl used to look like. Here’s my old header.

Old Suburban Scrawl header

In 2011 my book was being published and I decided that it was time to inject some Chicago into these Suburban parts, since it’s all a part of me. Again, the change was difficult but exciting.

I can’t imagine changing my blog design framework again because I can’t think of any design that could fit me more perfectly.

Then again, that’s what I said when I was still displaying the picket fence, so we’ll see. At any rate, it won’t happen anytime soon!