i’m a huge fan of the idea that life is made up of the moments. the ones that seem insignificant, but all fit together to mean more than the big things.
it’s the reason i’m so excited to try project life next year – a scrapbook of the everyday/boring/typical things that, all lined up, show a beautiful history of 52 weeks of life. it seems so much more interesting than a scrapbook of the big things… at least in theory.
completely self-inflicted, i struggle with that on the blog — sharing exactly what’s interesting to me at the moment.
i was reading through some blogs today. and searching for what bloggers i know have written about blogging.
elise is the first non-food blog i’ve been so excited to follow for a prolonged period of time. she makes me realize i can step out of the “niche” of blogs i thought i was in.
“My recommendation if you’ve lost interest in your blog (and you genuinely want to get back into it), is to do a complete re-shift. Take what you normally do on your blog and turn it upside down. Spend a month posting only photos. Spend a month taking a break and re-reading what you wrote in the beginning. Spend a month writing about objects in your house. Spend a month writing about childhood memories. Whatever – the point is to try something completely different. Don’t keep posting on the same topics and expect to love writing again.”
and then i tried to think about what i really want blogging to be about. not what it turns into when i give myself the long chance to talk myself away from it, but what i would like it to be if i could ever get away from setting up parameters.
from my first post here:
“i miss the act of blogging.
i burned out on the ideas i forced about what my blog should look like, and what content i needed to keep in it.
i’ve been having a great few months, but how i spend my time now constantly changes. i want a space here that fits whoever i am in the moment. i love the idea of blogging, and being a blogger with so many other bloggers i admire and would love to continue getting to know. but i don’t miss the idea that i’d waste any time i’ve been given, sitting across from a monitor, if i wasn’t completely passionate about what i was writing.
i want to hone my ideas of what clicking publish means. connect with others who are doing the same. explore my photography. continue figuring out what makes me happy and brings me the most pleasure. and i want to nurture my voice.”
fran reminded me today that i’m an old soul. i’m not entirely afraid to try new things, but i do often back myself into a corner that isn’t actually there. i over-think a lot, and over-analyze, and when i consider signing on to write and press publish, i end up deciding i have nothing i’m interested in sharing because no one will be interested in reading.
my brain is a ca-razy place. so i’m here. you know, today.
operation: take back the blog starts in october. [for at least the third time. ;-)]