Two major changes to my blog. Once again I have replaced the theme. I was already getting tired of seeing Koi, although it is very pretty it was beginning to look faded. This time I’ve activated Coraline and removed the header image. I plan on adding an image but not quite yet. You’ll also notice that I’ve added an archives page.
Category Archives: Writing
Today my blog writing only took a short while. I have several half-finished blog posts in draft form and was able to take one of those, finish it and publish it in record time. This left me a little time to make a few changes to the site.
First of all I’ve migrated some old blog postings from another blog I started over to here – they’re the ones from July/August this year. I’ve adjusted the dates so that their publication date is identical to what it was on the other blog and made no corrections. They were simply cut and pasted over. I thought that doing this might help me in search of my common theme and also help me to feel that this blog is progressing; that an archive is developing of my writing in one place and is continual rather than stop-start in nature.
Secondly I’ve updated the theme. While the Journalist theme is sleek, plain and extremely minimalist it simply doesn’t reflect my personality. I love colour and movement and things that make you smile. My new theme is a much better reflection of this.
Lastly I’ve reworded the tagline. Previously it read: A life embracing minimalism, simple living, frugal living, mindfulness and life with a collector. It’s now: Writing in search of a common theme. While I am very much in minimalist and frugal living mode at the moment, these things change. This month I’m reading all about simple living, next month I’ll probably be re-reading Harry Potter or not reading at all because life gets in the way of reading. My focus changes regularly and the new tagline accommodates this more readily.
#1 Purpose – someone once said that purpose is what gives life a meaning. Writing a blog provides its writer with something to look forward to each day. In between the routines of everyday life there are ideas for new posts to think about, research to perform, draft posts to edit and final posts to publish. And at the end of the month, or year, the writer is able to enjoy watching their blog grow in length & readership and *hopefully* see their writing improve over time.
#2 Practice – My father taught me that the only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more – Pete Rose. Blogging in an obvious medium in which to practice writing. Each post is in itself a complete work, requiring drafting, editing and publication. Practicing this cycle on a regular basis will, over time, improve the writer’s skill. Especially if they take the time to study not only their own writing but the writing of others as well.
#3 Connection – a blog is a public platform. It’s out there on the web for all to see and read. It’s also an open hand held out to you, the reader, to connect and engage in conversation. New ideas grow through conversation as the collective mind is far more powerful than an individual’s.
#4 Reflection – having this type of blog means making a concerted effort to reflect on one’s life and everyday activities. In the process of creating new articles the writer needs to assess whether their actions are contributing to their life goals and if they are not, it is a chance to realign their activities and report on changes. Instead of spending too much time consuming information and procrastinating, writing a blog engages the creative process and ensures that the writer is not only a consumer but also takes the time to reflect on their consumption.
#5 Sense of Achievement – sense of achievement can be found in many pursuits. Many people find a sense of achievement in employment; the monthly reports and annual performance appraisals provide direct feedback on our progress. At home, the love we receive from our family and the joy of watching our children grow is incredibly fulfilling. Keeping a blog provides another outlet for gaining a sense of achievement. It is something outside of the routine day-to-day activities that builds over time. Feedback can come in many forms, from comments, trackbacks and even special requests by other bloggers to write guest posts for their blogs.
I’m sure there are many other reasons to write blogs but these are the reasons that I have begun this one.
To expand my self-awareness and clarify my personal opinions.
At the moment I’m not sure what this blog will be when it grows up nor do have I a clear vision for it’s development. I would rather the posts be spontaneous musings on things that interest me in the moment than follow a strategic plan.