I bet you are really enthralled by the will she/won’t she post again nature of my blog? It’s really just a strategy of mine to destroy my readership following.
The truth is I haven’t been blogging because I’ve been trying to transcribe 13 hours of interviews for my thesis before school starts back up again. Which leaves me typing several hours every day, which has not been so wonderful for my elbow. It aches and my fingers start to go numb after a while. It also means that I’ve all but given up knitting, my main form of stress relief, for the foreseeable future. Even though I was halfway done with two scarves. Damnit.
So blogging was something logical to cut out of my life. But then I got an arm brace and things haven’t been so bad lately. Reason #157 I’m glad I got married “young”: I now wear an arm brace, retainer, eye mask, and ear plugs to bed. Sexy. I’m pretty sure if John had seen that get up before we tied the knot, things would have worked out differently. Though, to be honest, if things had worked out differently – I wouldn’t need the ear plugs. Just sayin’.
But then some people, like Jessica of Faith Permeating Life, said some nice things about my blog, so I figured maybe I should soldier on.
The bigger issue, however, is that I don’t really know what I’m doing here. My blog started as a way to inform family/friends back east what was going on in my life while I did JVC. Then, having a job with several hours of downtime in the afternoon, I started reading blogs and thought to myself, “Ooh, I could do that.” And I know I could. I could be a really good blogger with a thousand followers if I put any effort into it. But between marriage and graduating and job searching, blogging isn’t high on the priority list.
The other reason I don’t have a huge followership is that I don’t have a very directed blog. I want to be one of those cool people who do a lifestyle blog and post beautiful pictures of their baking adventures and taking their child to the park whilst impeccably dressed. There are several problems here: 1) my kitchen is a perpetual wreck. If you’ve ever been to my apartment and seen my kitchen clean, please know that is a lie and I only cleaned it because you were coming over. 2) I have no camera. Or, shall I say, I have two cameras, one of which does not like “working” and the other I cannot find the battery charger/card reader too and hate the thought of buying a new one. 3) I do not have a child. This blog would be WAY funner if there were some baby pictures plastered all over it, amiright?? 4) My computer’s spell check accepted the word “funner” as spelled correctly. This does not impact my blogging, but makes me very sad about the world. 5) I do not dress impeccably. The closest I get to impeccable is mildly clean.
And so I end up talking more about social justice-y issues and go off on liberal rants. Which is fine and all, because I assume most people in real life would prefer me to take it out on the computer, but I’m worried that I’m pigeon holing myself too much as a blogger when I do that. Because I don’t want to write to people who agree with me; that’s no fun. I want to write to people who don’t know much about the Catholic faith and to people who have differing opinions.
So blogdom, what should I do? Soldier on with my mishmash of posts or pick a direction and go with it? Also , what do you think of my technique of posting twice in a month and hoping people are still reading? It work for me, right?