When I started my blog in 2005, I picked the name Greeblemonkey because Greeble and Monkey were my son’s two nicknames while I was pregnant. Over the years, it became more my name than his. Especially Greeble, which people around Denver call me on a regular basis. I honestly never even really liked it all that much, it was just a goofy name my husband made up… but I’ve decided to embrace it. Because when I tossed around the idea of changing my name completely, most people hated the idea.
Dex is 11 now and starting to get online. We are trying to take it very slowly, because even though we post publicly a lot – we’ve had over a decade of practice. As much as we aren’t very strict in a lot of areas of parenting, you won’t see our kid on Facebook until he is 13. However, you may see him writing on my blog. He has especially been experimenting with video, which we won’t let him post yet… but we may. Here.
So, as I thought about what I wanted my new name to be, it seemed simple enough to pick a more all-encompassing name. “Haus” means “house” in German and I am first-generation American. Even though I have Irish and English heritage on my dad’s side, I’ve only ever been German. I like the idea of this being more of an umbrella site, with more room for my family, while still being me.
I also started out on the Blogger platform, as most people did back in the dark ages, so Greeblemonkey became a Frankenstein of hobbled together code and non-working parts. I have moved all 2,500 posts over to WordPress for have a fresh start. It is going to take me forever to clean up the backlog, but new posts will have bigger, prettier photos plus – not to mention – actually work on mobile devices.
It’s not quite there on mobile, but close. When you rip apart themes in WordPress like I do, then it’s like a putting a puzzle back together. A puzzle with 50,000 moving parts. But I haven’t really blogged in weeks, so let’s get this party started again – I will keep tweaking.
If you just found the site, welcome. If you have been with me forever, thanks. It’s been wild to reorganize and do spring cleaning. Inconceivable that I have been writing about our lives for almost 10 years. It took me two years to turn on comments, and I still pretty much assume that I am writing to a future me that will look back at my ramblings and laugh. Much like Matthew McConaughey but not.
Future me isn’t my hero, just a different me. The last decade has been about having a baby and raising a son. I started out most definitely as a mom blog. Recently, I am writing much more about music and posting concert photos. My kid’s stories are becoming his stories that aren’t mine to share. We are getting back to travel after me being sick for a year. The last few years have been good, work is good, family is awesome.
So. Let’s see where Greeblehaus takes us, shall we?