Happy Vernal or Autumn Equinox, depending on where you are in the world! I enjoy both spring and fall, but what I love most is the changing of the seasons.
Today feels like an auspicious day to announce a big change of my own:
I’m changing the name of my blog from WildmooBooks to ChrisWolak.com.
- The short reason is that I want to branch out in my writing life and having a website/blog under my own name is a better fit.
- The longer reason behind this seemingly abrupt change has actually been years in the making. The full saga is below if you’re interested in the evolution.
I have blogged under the name WildmooBooks for over nine years. Throughout those years I’ve often wanted to change the name. “Wild moo” is an old nickname that no longer has relevance in my life (other than that I still love cows).
My first blog, LightBulbRunner
Many moons ago I sold books online under the name WildmooBooks. I was also blogging back then, but not about books. My first blog was called LightBulbRunner. The name was inspired by all the great ideas I’d have while running.
On that blog, I wrote about running and cross country skiing, but it turned out I liked to DO those things more than I liked to write about them so creating content became a chore. Then, during an assessment of an old back injury, my doctor told me to quit running. Although my back condition is stable, the pounding wouldn’t be good in the long run (pun intended). Horseback riding and speed boat racing are also verboten, but I digress.
A light bulb moment
I’ve always loved writing about books — from grade school book reports to majoring in English to marketing & newsletter writing for a bookstore. So it dawned on me (a non-running lightbulb moment, if you will) that maybe I should write a book blog! I’d been writing book reviews on Goodreads, so why not?
Around this time I stopped selling books online and so transitioned the name WildmooBooks to be my blog handle. It was there, it was easy. I didn’t think too much about it.
But I haven’t always been in love with the handle and no other names gripped me over the years. Now, as I’m branching out in my writing life, I’ve decided to take the plunge and transition this blog from WildmooBooks to ChrisWolak.com.
My holy trinity
I don’t image any significant change in the content I’ll share here. Books, libraries, and history are my holy trinity, after all. Perhaps I’ll eventually write more about writing, but for now, this is just an announcement about the name change.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. If you’re a fellow blogger and have links from this site on your blog, first of all, thank you for that! Second, I’m told that the links should all re-direct with no problem. Fingers crossed.