Three weeks ago, I switched to a professionally-designed blog template.
Two weeks ago, I re-wrote my About page.
Two days ago, I changed all my social media handles to @themayden.
Yesterday, I registered a domain name.
Today, I am The Mayden.
Perhaps this may seem a bit overblown to some, but this is a pretty incredible milestone for little 'ol me, who's always struggled with finding a voice in the real world.
Letting go of my old handle -- the childishly amusing "maaaaycho" of which I have social networked under for six years -- has been an interesting experience. I began my first blog under that pseudonym, a chucklesome effort from a benign tween when "maycho" and "maaycho" and "maaaycho" were all claimed by strangers I exasperatedly hollered at.
Four As it was, and four As I was. It became an identity the consistency of fluff, but I stuck to it because attachments form when initiative is diminished and comfort looms large.
Switching it up to a word played by my eternal love affair with the English Language, a word for which I have created a world to live in for more than eight months, means taking up an identity and expelling the tween. I still get uncomfortable not seeing the familiar, cheeky handle I can fall back on anytime and, for awhile, I contemplated whether I did the right thing. Just a little while.
And then it dawned on me -- that I've finally found the boombox for my voice -- a voice not many people will take interest to and not many people will appreciate and not many people will understand, but a voice that bursts because it's been buried deep down for the longest time -- in the form of The Mayden, a curious, faceless writer whose body I take host in, but also a voyaging library of knickknacks for which I curate.
I am The Mayden, and I am here to stay.
I have removed the "dot blogspot" -- the banally irksome support extension the source of scoffs and snickers -- but not much will change. I will be writing in the same voice I always have and style posts will still be the backbone of The Mayden, but I will be branching out. The four walls I have constrained myself in for the past eight months shall be demolished as I extend forth my territory into more lifestyle posts as well as collaborations.
This I do so with cushioned assurance derived from the subtle (or so I hope) ventures I have made in December of the previous year; writing my first lifestyle and outfit post founded on a cafe review; sharpening my storytelling skills by documenting an interview with an inspirational lady; and, opening The Mayden up to collaborations with the feature of a peer blogger.
The Mayden will also be expanding into business, though I shall tread carefully in these waters and let the current in in small ripples. This was one of the more difficult decisions I had to make when planning the domain switch because for the entire duration I have had this blog, my posts have always been driven by passion and blogging was considered a hobby. It's important for me to clarify, though, that just because I will be expanding into monetizing does not mean that I shall deviate from what makes The Mayden what it is to me and to the readers of the blog. More information about this will be rolled out in due time.