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Thinking About Blogging Identity

For years I have rummaged about within myself for a steady blogging identity. Homeschooling used to be my focus, and when I stopped writing about that I was unsure what to do next. I have rambled through lanes and meadows ever since, and while I don't regret that, it has made things a little difficult for me - never having much of an idea what my next post should be about, never being sure what my readers will appreciate.




I thought for a while I should just write about daily life. But I live very quietly, go on few interesting adventures, don't do crafts any more, and my current milieu is not even close to attractive. What I mostly do is write (or angst about not writing) and read and take photographs on the few occasions I'm able.

And so more and more lately I've been contemplating a shift here at my weblog towards focussing on writing, reading, literary matters, and the thoughts that arise in me from various reading experiences. I believe it would help me to feel happier in myself. For too long now I've just been "someone who blogs her random thoughts." I would like to be a writer who blogs. Or journals, to use a prettier verb.





I am also contemplating shifting my online space gently into this one. I'm not totally keen on having my name for the url, but at the same time I've long disliked knitting the wind, and thinking up the perfect journal title isn't as easy as you might suppose. I can't afford a personal domain, nor a fancy website to go along with it. But I don't know that people care about such things anyway?




A change of focus will lose me readers. A change of url definitely will. But I have to consider what it will gain me personally. Online journalling is an opportunity to share what is important, beloved, or meaningful to you. I don't think writing and reading are more important than parenting, climate change, animal welfare, and so on - but I do think being a writer is important to me, and I not only want to share more about it, but I want to align myself internally more with it.

And now to get dressed into warm clothes and go into the village for bread. See, exciting!

8 comments:

  1. I, too, am searching for a blog identity... Am thinking of being more consistent, more organized, more manageable - I've even bought a blogger's planner! 'Tis a start, anyway :/
    PS Oh, for a village shop! Our country idyll is not 100% perfect - pub and shop closed a year before we arrived :/

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    1. Our village is really quite handy, it has most things one could need - except for a library! alas - but it's not pretty.

      I too want to be more consistent and organised. For years I've felt too little and unimportant to blog "properly", but of course it was only ever me making myself feel that way.

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  2. Sarah, i know you've stuck by me for, lol these many many years, thru this and that web address and I just want you o know how much I deeply appreciate and value your friendship as a fellwo reader and writer :-) ... I too have moved hither and yon, and interestingly, this most recent move of mine (a year ago) is the one that truly lost me readers. Even with all the many many people I reached out to, making sure they had the new addy ... these days a post that generates eight to ten reads is a lot! Ah well! I carry on because I love journaling and one small voice is still a voice!!!

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    1. Penelope, you are a dear friend. Definitely one of the people I would love to sit down with in real life to share a good natter and a cup of tea. I haven't visited your online space for the past couple of days but I do intend to catch up!

      You are right, no matter how small and quiet the voice it is still a voice and has meaning and value. Infact I believe we need more small voices

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    1. Whatever you write about, and wherever you post, I'll be there reading and cheering you on. ♥

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    2. Thank you my dear friend <3

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  4. I know I don't come here regularly. I tend to come and go (and sometimes leave for long stretches) on all online spaces. But it is your quiet life that draws me back, Sarah. (and your beautiful writing, of course.) I live quietly as well, and it is a comfort to know there are other souls trying to navigate this loud and chaotic world in a way that works for them, even if it isn't the norm. I stopped blogging because I thought my life was so boring, no one would want to read about such mundane things. I hope that you continue to write from your heart, about whatever you wish, as you have a beautiful little community of people here who also live quietly and truly understand you. I love that you have been steadfast.. writing here simply because you love to write. My favourite part of this post was the last sentence. A venture out in warm clothes to go for bread. Sublime.

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