Why I’m Writing About the Other Oddities

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This is somebody new in my life. Her name is Poppy and she’s 11 months old. Yes, she’s as cute and sweet as she looks!

I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and what I could do to make it more connected to who I’m becoming as a writer, and as a person, and yet still keep it relevant for the friends who have been part of this blog for many years (you know who you are). Even before I took the hiatus I felt like the blog had become stale, and I struggled to find new topics to post about. I needed the distance to make sense of what I really wanted to accomplish here. What is my intention? When I started this blog in 2010, I did exactly what the blogging and publishing experts said I should. I stayed on message. I was a writer, and I had books I wanted people to know about, so I wrote about my books. I wrote about historical fiction, writing, publishing, and editing. And then I ran out of things to say.

If you know anything about me you know that writing is the way I make sense of the world, so I’ll never stop writing about my books or my writing. But now I want to talk about other aspects of my oddball life.  I’ve developed an interest in writing nonfiction, and I’m delving into a genre I love to read but have never written—memoir. I’ve gained more stamina as a writer in the past few years, as well as more confidence. Maybe I know a little more about writing now than I did when I first started this blog. And maybe I’m a little older (actually, I am definitely a little older) and a little more patient now. Maybe I have a clearer vision of what I want from my life. I’m working on myself spiritually, attempting meditation, learning to focus on my breath, doing everything I can to stop what Buddhists call the monkey mind from taking over my life as it has done on many occasions. In other words, I have different topics to discuss these days.

I know conventional wisdom says to have a different blog for each of your interests, but then again I’ve never been the most obedient person. Maybe at some point in the future I’ll have a different blog for fiction writing and a different blog for nonfiction writing, but for right now I want to write about what I want to write about. I think that will make this blog fresher for my readers and more meaningful to me, and that’s one thing I have been working toward lately—only doing what is meaningful to me and leaving the rest behind.

5 thoughts on “Why I’m Writing About the Other Oddities

  1. Welcome back, Meredith! Well done on the progress you’ve made towards your PhD and on the sales of your books.

    I too struggle with the blog-for-every-topic problem and a few months ago I started a reading blog (Dear Reader), which is currently very lonely and unfollowed. However, it’s still good to write reviews of what I’ve read, because it makes me analyse what I’m reading properly, rather than just think ‘I liked/didn’t like’ that. I would like to write travel and cooking blogs too but I don’t have the time to keep 2 blogs going, let alone 4. I note that a lot of (supposedly) writing blogs also include the writer’s everyday life and thoughts and, often, politics or social comment.

    Btw, I’m now writing and blogging under my real name, Rosemary Johnson (not Charlie Britten)… in case you’re wondering who I am.

    • Thank you Rosemary! It has been a challenging semester, and I’m glad it’s nearly over, but it’s also great to see the progress I’ve made. This week we’re putting the new Copperfield together, so I still have plenty to do!

      I think keeping a blog interesting is a big challenge. I simply ran out of interesting topics about writing and publishing. I’ll still always write about writing, but I’d like to try to expand my horizons a bit. And like you, I’m lucky to have the time to keep up one blog.

      This will be an experiment so we’ll see how it goes.

      • Glad you’re going back to Copperfield, Meredith. Did you see that I sent you a book review? Hope you can use it. Rosemary

        • I did see your submission, Rosemary, and it’s going into the new edition. We have so many submissions to go through because we didn’t have a winter edition, but we are working through them and our new edition should be up on Saturday!

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