I’ve tossed around thousands of ideas how to not just say this short and to the point, but I just can’t. Very simply, the thing that was soaking up so much of my time is that I am transgendered, and I spent the last year preparing my transition.

As of March this year, I am now fully “out” and living as a woman. First, let me thank all the people who did know on the way and supported me, as well as everybody who took the news and then proceeded to show me that my fears were unfounded. My transition has been incredibly smooth – not a single negative word, and tons of love and support.

My only explanation is that I have a fantastic family, awesome friends, and I work for one of the friendliest (and kick-assingest!) companies on this planet.

As a result of all this, there has been a name change, too. “Robert” just doesn’t work so well as a woman’s name…

So my shiny and new name is “Rachel” from here on out. That makes it a little weird to maintain a blog called “robertblum.com”, but fret not – I will stay around. In fact, even this site will stay around – I am where I am now by virtue of having travelled a long road, and unlike for many other transgendered people, there does seem no need to hide my past. (Again, thank you, everybody!)

So robertblum.com will stay around, but experience a slight change. Looking at my web stats, there are three groups of people who come here:

  • People interested in iCalFix (which is in sore need of an overhaul, I know)
  • People who come here searching for my productivity articles
  • People who know me personally and just want to know what I’m up to.

The last group, I’d like to direct over to rachelblum.com. This is where I will keep my more personal stories, as well as my daily thoughts.

If you’re in group 1 or 2, you’re welcome to follow me there too – I will continue posting about the subjects I’ve posted about here. But I will also cross-post articles that fall under productivity/Life Hacks/icalfix on this web site – so if you’d rather have “Just the facts, ma’am”, I recommend you stay here.

I am fairly certain I will get a question or two about my transition and anything related to it – if it’s a frequently asked one, I will post an article on rachelblum.com. And if you don’t want to ask right here on the site, feel free to send your questions to transition [at] rachelblum [dot] com

And now I finally have the time to actually tend to this thing.


  1. jeff allen wrote on 26. Apr 2009

    hi rachel! (that’s going to take some getting used to :-) i have a ton of questions for some time later. for now, let me just say that i’m proud of you and the courage it took to see this through. very brave indeed and i totally support you and your decision. would love to catch up at aoms point. but i’m on the road again in the morning (portland) and if i get some free web time i’ll try to check in.

    i sure hope this finds you well, sound like it.

    best, jeff

    btw, the rachelblum url just gives me an empty folder … surely there’s more to the story ;-)

  2. Tomas wrote on 29. Apr 2009

    So that’s why things have been so quiet around here!? :)

    Needless to say, bravo on finding happiness and peace and that’s awesome to hear that you had a lot of amazing people cheering you and supporting you through the process.

    I’ll definitely be looking forward to your future posts Rachel, and it’s good to have you back. :)

  3. Graham wrote on 30. May 2009

    I just found this out from a LinkedIn status update, of all places.

    I’m happy for you and I hope the future brings you nothing but good things.

  4. Luc Latulippe wrote on 06. Jun 2009

    Congrats Rachel!

    I found your site via Merlin Mann’s link to your iCalFix (Thank yoouuuu!) but this particular post was very moving. This is not a small decision to make, but it’s gotta be one of the toughest. I wish you all the best in this new phase of your life!

  5. Daniel Jalkut wrote on 12. Oct 2009

    Congratulations on coming out and starting your public transition. I came here by way of your twitter reply, which I thought looked like a familiar twitter handle with a less familiar first name ;)

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