Thank you so much for all the birthday greetings extended to my wonderful husband on the last post. We spent a very good day together, cycling and celebrating with family. I have some photos of the day to share with you last, Meanwhioe, I hope it's okay if I save some blogging energy by thanking you here collectively rather than individually on that post. Comments are much more time-consuming to respond to from my mobile set-up, much as you know I appreciate them.
And I've been doing some thinking about ways that I can use my blogging time more effectively to more clearly defined ends. In fact, I started putting this post together with the words that follow and then thought I could (efficiency again!) add this preamble and even throw in a photo or two because otherwise all those words, no colour....
|Urban cycling gear, my J Crew linen skirt and a sleeveless COS tunic bought in Bordeaux last summer lin|
As much as I have loved hunkering down on my island for the last several weeks, Pater and I have really been enjoying our days in the city. Something about the alternation of active days with lazier ones, of visits with family and quiet days on our own, something in this rhythm here and now is loosening up some of my thinking. I'm moving toward some potentially bigger decisions, but littler issues are beginning to sort themselves out as well.
The blogging recalcitrance, for example. What's becoming clear to me is that as much as I value and enjoy chronicling the daily aspects of my life (the garden, what I wore, food, family, going out, etc), I will feel dissatisfied if I don't also connect the daily with something larger.
Honestly, I find so much remarkable in each and every day, no matter how ordinary, that I could spend all my blogging time and energy--and, dangerously, enthusiasm--on sharing anecdotes and activities and joys and frustrations in a jumble of what I like to think of as quotidian miracles. But if, as American poet and essayist Kim Stafford says, "Coherence is Born of random abundance" (and I hope and believe that it is), then perhaps once born that coherence needs a bit more nurturing than I'm currently organizing and prioritizing for.
What I'm thinking I need to sort out now is a balance between posting on the abundant random and spending some time working toward coherence. I suspect this may need a more systematic proactive than I've employed thus far in my eight years of blogging. I think, for example, that it might be useful to sort how how many hours a week I spend on the blog and then work toward saving, say, a third of those hours for a more focussed post that develops a theme I can move forward with, flexing my writing muscles.
I'm also hoping to articulate really clearly, for myself and for you readers, what my priorities are here. I began the blog as a kind of antidote to an intensive period of a academic writing that had me overly self-conscious, overfly editorial, about my own voice. I wanted to develop a writing voice in/with which I could integrate my personal, domestic, familial life with my academic one. I don't think I had any expectations of community when I began writing here, except I suppose that I must have hoped my writing would engage someone "out there." I could surely not have known that I would go on to meet many of you and to feel close to many more, simply through chatting with you here over the years.
Me, of course, you're an important part of why I blog, but I want to balance keeping you here with keeping me here, and I hope you won't mind if I use this space to think through an approach that might keep us all engaged. More to follow....
|I think I need to queue in this line, the Wisdom Line. What a name for a freighter! Shipping Wisdom!|
I'm off now to run with my sister. She's such an early bird, so we're starting at 6:30 (and she's already been putting in some time at the office!). Any responses or suggestions you have about my blog-thinking (or any other remotely relevant topic!) are very welcome.