My mother emailed me recently after I wrote an update post on our wedding website. “I miss your writing,” was all it said.
Sometimes I wonder if she knows what I do for a living, but I generally exchange words for cash. She could ‘read me’ on a whole number of sites any day of the week. I am *constantly* writing. But at the same time I guess I knew what she meant. Because our wedding website is a private little thing for people coming to the wedding, I can write any old nonsense on it. It’s fun. It reminds me of what my very first blogs were like when I was a teenager – scribblings for a handful of people I knew in real life. Easy and amusing to write. Rewarding enough that the writing was the fun part and if someone actually read it it was a bonus.
It got me thinking about this post I wrote in July about my ‘mid-life blogging crisis’. In truth, I haven’t really stopped thinking about that dramatically titled post since I wrote it. I was amazed by the response to it and was hugely buoyed by the fact so many bloggers I admire knew exactly where I was coming from. I loved Jen’s comment about how she is redesigning her blog and giving it a whole new focus and direction and I know that at the very least a redesign is what I need to do too.
But before I can redesign anything I have to think about what this new blog will even involve. I haven’t decided really yet but I know what the main focus will be and that’s WORDS. I am not a photographer and I have zero interest in developing photography skills. I am very aware that not liking pinterest worthy pictures makes me some sort of blogging megafreak, but I just don’t care about taking pictures and editing pictures. Or pinning pictures. So it will be word-led, even if that’s to the detriment of ‘traffic’.
And that’s the other thing, I want this to be fun again – i.e not traffic chasing bullshit. It’s funny how there are so few ‘diary type’ blogs these days. All the blogs I wrote way back when were daily ramblings of everyday happenings. Even my original WIWT blog was very much about posting something every day. Yes there was the outfit, but the copy was always diary led rather than a long link-led essay about the clothes.
I miss writing about the simple ‘today I did this, got annoyed about that, watched this and could NOT BELIEVE THAT’ type stuff. I often come across things that I feel are worthy of a blog mention but on their own are not deserving of a ‘blog post’. Such a teeny percentage of the stuff that interests me currently makes it onto the blog.
A good example: I was at Subway the other day and felt like I’d absolutely NAILED my sandwich choice. “I should blog about this brilliant trip to Subway,” I thought, whilst stuffing my face walking along the Fulham Road like some demented greedy guts who shouldn’t really be somewhere quite so snazzy. “No, I guess I can’t. I don’t blog about sandwiches so it will just be weird.” “Yes but if it’s something you enjoyed, shouldn’t you share that with your readers so that they can have the chance to enjoy it too?”. “Yeah but a big post about Subway in between shoes and face creams will just look like a non-declared sponsored post and then people will judge me.” “But you could start with a joke about how it should be sponsored but it isn’t? Just write about the sandwich.” “SHUT UP I’M NOT GOING TO BLOG ABOUT SUBWAY IT’S NOT FASHION FRIENDLY AND YOU CAN’T BUY MACARONS THERE SO IT WON’T WORK.”
Obviously if I’d just been blogging generally about my Thursday, I could have dropped in a mention of my great Subway sandwich. The problem would have been solved. You see?
So until I figure out a swanky redesign, I’m just going to make the first simple step to getting my mojo back: blog every day.
Some people may get a shock when they find I mostly just watch 90s action movies and eat M&S ready meals, but I don’t want to start writing recipes because “that’s blog friendly!” or borrowing clothes to do outfit shots when I really just want to wear Issa dresses every. damn. day.
I guess this is my post for today written then. Wahoo! One down, an unknown amount left to go (enthusiasm dependent).
See you tomorrow?!