Wednesday, August 25, 2010

even blogs deserve a makeover

I was sitting in my new apartment, surrounded by a lot of new things, across from my new (best) roommate, and thinking about my new future. And then I realized...my blog deserves a makeover. I'm in a fresh place, and while I treasure the journey of my thoughts from the past year, the old just didn't seem to meld with the new as well as I'd hoped. Don't worry; the other posts haven't gone anywhere. I've just hidden them very sneakily.

The transformation proved more difficult than I expected, but ultimately, I ended up with three main goals:


Identity

I don't think my blog gets read by too many people who don't already know where I am and what I'm doing. My blog was originally created as a sort of newsletter to keep loved ones up-to-date, and while I'd be totally happy if it stayed that way, I'm also realizing how much more it means to me. Whether or not anyone ever reads it, my blog is that place I go to where I always have an imaginary audience. Here I can hash out the stuff that makes me excited, angry, inspired. And so, I'd like to imbibe it with a bit more of my identity, and let it speak for me as a person, not just what I'm up to.


Aesthetics

This goal was largely inspired by T's blog, which she magically transforms every so often. I love reading her posts not only for her fantastic recipes and cute stories, but just to see what sort of great pictures she's posted and what great web design she's done. While I can't promise to be as diligent about giving my blog its deserved makeovers, I think we're off to a better start this time around.


A Unifying Theme

At first, this one seemed impossible to me. Considering all the blogs I've kept in my life, my topics have included travel, environmentalism, teaching, urban life, home, and more. I have a lot to say about a lot of things, but not enough to keep up a blog for each area. Then I thought about what I really get from blogging. I am a think-aloud person. I like developing ideas by bouncing them around with other people (just ask J...he never knows if he's actually obligated to respond to what I'm saying at any given time). Blogging is a way for me to do that. I get my thoughts down somewhere and get to believe that other people are along for the ride. Thanks for sticking with me so far! Through this process, I actually learn a lot about myself and about the world around me. And that is the theme of my blog. Each post, in its content, writing, or rereading, is a little life lesson for me.

As a teacher, I learned that a lesson is just no good without a unifying theme or objective. I'm hoping this format will help me keep things a little clearer, and write out my lessons with real meaning. I hope that it will make me more aware of all the little things I learn every day. And I also hope it encourages me to post more often.

and just one more thing...the lowercase letters in the title? through my listography site, i've figured out that it's good for me to go into my discomfort zone and avoid capitalization a bit. i'm convinced it helps the thinking process.


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3 comments:

  1. Woo hoo for blog makeovers!! I love it! You did a great job. Did you see we both found Inchmark Journal? :) I'll have to explore your other favorite blogs... love you!

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  2. Found your blog. Love your posts. Hope you don't mind another follower. :)

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Thanks for making me smile. =)