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Friday, January 25, 2013

Snow, Blog Futures


As it turns out, all of our grand moving plans fell through once the snow started and the leasing office where I was supposed to pick up keys to our new cottage closed early before I could get there.  So, we're stuck with a fully loaded UHaul truck back in Richmond, nowhere big enough to unload everything (and no desire to unload and re-load a truck), which means renting the truck for another two days since the leasing office won't open again until Monday.  And of course, we're still apart.  CURSES UPON CURSES.

I know this doesn't really constitute a formal blog post.  Coming soon: thoughts of teaching tablet, eReader and smartphone classes to groups of older users, ESL library classes.  I want to try to center this blog in one way or the other.  Too often it ends up being more LiveJournal-y than topical, which is kind of why I moved *away* from my 11-year-old LJ in the first place.  

Ultimately, it comes down to: do I want to do ~lifestyle~ stuff (which basically means life aka life + infertility stuff + occasional library stuff which people may or may not care about, keeping in mind I don't ACTUALLY think so highly of my life that I think it's that exciting or interesting of a read), JUST IF-related stuff (confining, for me, and kind of repetitive/boring/what would I do if I resolved that issue?), JUST library stuff (does the Internet need more of that?)...I feel like I don't have a schtick (aside from maybe "has a Corgi").  I'm not sure if I want one, although arguably having one = more specific readership traffic and focus = good.  Don't get me wrong, this is not a "should I quit blogging?" existential crisis.  I have boxes of paper journals and an 11-year-old LJ.  Me + internet writing about *something* is here to stay.  But about what, I'm not really sure.  Adult life can be kind of boring.  BUT, I'm also sometimes doing interesting stuff, or going through stuff that I feel needs more of an online presence.  

Ramblin'

What do you WANT, Internet?  (I know I desperately need to remodel my front page, as it's dreadful, but that's a "When I have some $ to spare" project.)

14 comments:

  1. I really enjoy reading about your life. You have such a unique voice and I really like reading your blog.

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  2. I love the LJ-ish quality! I think blogs are too themed nowadays; I miss reading journal-style blogging. I like hearing the day-to-day.

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    1. Oh that's good to hear. I kind of miss my LJ days a lot sometimes because it DOES seem kind of harder to find just random life blogs rather than ones that are specified; it's good to know that's not a weird feeling, and that others feel similarly. :)

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  3. To be honest I also like the mix of life + fertility struggles (when / if you feel comfortable sharing) + library stuff + recipes + discoveries + fun stuff + whatever is going on in your life or head.
    Like Kirsty said the other day, here and here blogging, to me, is like a conversation and the most important part are the connections. To be able to relate with people who are far away (or not) and who are in similar places. It all shows that we are not alone in this crazy journey (the happy and the sad and the in between. Honesty (like yours) is a breath of fresh air among other kind of blogs (which I confess, I also sometimes enjoy) where everything seems oh so perfect and pretty but at the same time it's not real at all because you are not let in to see well, life, with all its complicated intricacies.
    I say keep this place. Maybe give it more structure (it's what I am thinking of doing, to make my rambles less random: so for example do Monday cooking, Wednesday Travel and Places, Friday Life, or something of sorts. The structure / deadlines will keep me going, as I have discovered by doing the January Joy prompts)

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    1. I do strive to be as honest as possible while figuring out what I feel comfortable sharing online. And my Google reader is full of a wide array of blogs, some more "real" and gritty-feeling and some a little fluffier and feel-good-y (except when it gets to be like this article in Bitch Magazine notes: http://bitchmagazine.org/article/better-homes-bloggers -- I try very hard not to filter my life so that it looks like something other people should strive for, because lawd knows, my life is chock full of fuck-ups and mundane boringness and bad decisions). Thank you so much!

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  4. I love your blog just the way it is.

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  5. I want you to talk about your life and whatever is on your mind. This is my favorite blahhhhhhhg on all the Internets, and I wouldn't change a thing.

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    1. Awwwwwww, shucks, thanks. :) (I forget if I told this to you already or not, but prior to pitching stuff to RVANews ages ago, I fangirled your voice on there so hard. Still all SQUEE that you're awesome & I get to communicate with you.)

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  6. Yep, echoing what everyone else says, the mixture of topics you peruse keep the blog quite interesting, though you don't need to cater to what the Internet wants! Just talk about whatever you want to talk about. You force out a library post when you feel like talking about IF or corgis, and you'll end up making library talk the boring topic that everyone thinks it is (and it totes isn't!). :)

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    1. Yeah, I feel like if I try to focus too much on one thing I'll pigeon-hole myself -- if other people aren't bored, then YAY! I wish I could tell the stories about some things that happen at the library but curses, library privacy ethics prevent me. So much hilarity.)

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  7. I really like "life" blogs, so I think your blog is great the way it is. A little bit of everything makes for interesting reading.

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    1. Thank you! I always worry my having a totally random smattering ends up being kind of boring, but I'm glad I seem to be in the minority. :P

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