I'm so happy you found me! Read on for a bit of my backstory 💗
Loving this reflection, Susannah. It takes me back to my early-blogging days, too; blog hops, blog rolls, comments on every post by blogging besties... Sweet, precious, times.
LOVE LOVE LOVE !!!
Ah yes, I remember finding your blog in 2007, when the now teen was a baby. It felt like such a connection.
I remember the 2010 version!!! That was the year I launched my first public blog which I named The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower. (I still love that.) Before that I was on Livejournal, and before that I recall Xanga, Geocities, etc. It really was cozier back then!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this memory lane and future forward experiment. xo kisses to Baba girl!
Yes there is definitely a welcomed sense of nostalgia here…not only for Ink on my fingers, but simpler times online. Thanks for introducing me to this platform (here’s hoping it doesn’t also get mucked up anytime soon).
I. Am. So. Here. For. This. I’ve subscribed to several substacks, but yours is the first that made me realize this really could be similar to old-school blogging days. Just the thing all of us have been longing for, away from IG, which used to feel cozy but doesn’t anymore for all the reasons you mentioned. I so appreciate that yours is free and open, as more and more substacks are getting placed behind a paywall. PS: Another memory from blogging days: wasn’t Friday Self-Portrait also a thing?
Feels like things have come full circle for us oldies who remember pre-social (heck, pre-internet!) times. Looking forward to following you here. Have no idea how I even found your blog decades(!) ago, but have been a fan ever since.
Love this! So glad you have decided to post this way again. I too miss the simpler days of blogs before many of those who posted became "influencers", and it became so heavily monetized. Reading all those early blogs was like having a chat with a friend, catching up on what's been going on, getting a peek into someone's life and views, and gathering some food for thought.
You’re giving me ideas…. 🥰 Love how this is coming together!!
I love the name. Most everything you do is magic to me. I believe I took that first online Unraveling class. Need to look at it again.
I love this so much! I miss all of the blogs that I followed, including yours. I hate how Instag..m has evolved. I want to go back to beautiful images and commentary. No more videos!!!
Yay! So glad you’re back to blogging and I definitely remember your beautiful old site. 😸 The IG algorithm has been such a bore. Also, thank you for convincing me to put my website under my own name as well. ❤️
I love this post. I started my blog on Blogger/Blogspot in 2009 and remember reading Ink on my Fingers. I would race out of bed in the morning to see what the friends in my blogroll had posted. I felt connected to others in a way I'd never done before. Yes, Facebook was around, but it was just before you could feed your blog to FB and no-one had started doing that yet or thinking about monetisation. I feel like the domination of FB/Instagram spoiled the simplicity and honesty of what blogging was back then, and what the web was, before every page had ads on it. I'm nostalgic for those days and have been thinking about blogging again, too. I signed up for Substack when I was pushing my work on Medium but haven't done anything with it. Now might be the time to start! Thank you Susannah x
p.s. I LOVE seeing the screenshots of your old website! You created something truly wonderful. I did Unravelling way back in 2010 or 2011 and it was magical.
A welcome message in my email. Can’t wait to see where this goes.
Ah. This feels so right for you. Like settling back into a chaise by the rolling ocean waves. 💖💖💖