Improvised Life’s Sea Change

Dear Improvised Life readers,

Improvised Life is experiencing dire technical issues and has crashed several times. Hence, no new content, or at times, even a website to visit. The site is so fragile that crashes may keep happening.

I am in the process of moving Improvised Life to a more stable environment. It may be a couple of weeks until it is up and running. I apologize for the disruption.

The timing of this crash curiously coincides with a sea change. We’ve been experiencing the fierce realities that have caused some wonderful old blogs to shut down recently:  social media has radically changed the landscape for reading content; the competition for readers’ support has become increasingly unsustainable; the technology necessary to maintain a big site is demanding, expensive and volatile; a daily publishing schedule is personally demanding and taxing.

The big fat question: How to balance these reality sandwiches with the pleasure of sharing new ideas with Improvised Life’s extraordinary readers? 

Here are the answers I have so far:
Once its settled on its new platform, Improvised LIfe will continue to live in the world, with a new look: simpler, its vast array of amazing content easily accessible.
 I’ll continue publishing, though with frequency and direction to be determined. 

I’m going to let Improvised Life and my heart determine the path.

sea change:
“profound or notable transformation”

>What does this sea change mean for Friends with Benefits subscribers?

So much is in flux, I’ll be taking no new Friends with Benefits subscriptions; existing subscriptions won’t roll over. It’s possible that I will move to a member/supporter pledge system with no paywall, to allow the site’s readership to more easily grow.

Since this may mean a change in the agreement I made to provide a certain amount of content to subscribers, I am happy to refund anyone with a yearly subscription who wishes it. Please email me at [email protected]

For those who are comfortable letting things ride, please know that your support will help pay the costs of moving into a more sustainable form, and is deeply appreciated.

I welcome your good energy in navigating the changes ahead.


9 Responses to Improvised Life’s Sea Change

  1. Aimee 10.21.2019 at 5:35am #


  2. Cydney 10.21.2019 at 8:22am #

    I am happy to let things ride while you find a new platform for Improvised Life, my favorite blog. Thank you for doing the creative and technological work for your readers.

  3. Corinne 10.21.2019 at 8:24am #

    As a long time reader & subscriber, I’m sailing with you as you navigate the changing seas. Thanks for your good work!

  4. Lisa 10.21.2019 at 11:10am #

    Thank you for the update. Good luck with everything- May it all go smoothly.

  5. Barbara O Stough 10.21.2019 at 12:30pm #

    I’m there with you 100%, Your blog is so special and creative and something I look forward to every day.
    Good Luck with your new platform.

  6. Mary 10.21.2019 at 5:19pm #

    I was worried about you when the site and my daily email disappeared. I am so happy that you are okay.
    As a long time subscriber and someone who always looked forward to your daily blog, I am happy to let things ride as you figure out your next course. Happy also if we need to subscribe anew to your new platform.
    You have been an inspiration for me and I am looking forward to learning about whatever form your new endeavors take. I hope they will be something that loyal followers, like myself, can still join you in.
    Thank you for being here all these years!

  7. Elena 10.23.2019 at 5:14pm #

    Hello! I read all of your archives when I found your blog. I’d prefer more infrequent posts consisting of new content than the current approach of lightly repackaging old content (which I notice especially in the interior design posts, which I’m most interested in). Good luck with the move and with finding a new equilibrium!

  8. Sally Schneider 10.25.2019 at 11:20am #

    Elena, Thank you so much for your input, especially useful from someone who has delved deeply into the archive. I really appreciate it.

  9. Sally Schneider 10.25.2019 at 11:23am #

    Thank you SO much for your note. Such affirmation is incredibly heartening and helpful, as I work on this big transition, with many details and considerations. The new home for Improvised Life will be ready soon.

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