Every now and then, I think about blogging (which is not to be confused with actually blogging). I've been blogging for quite a few years now (it rather boggles my mind when I think about it). I've been blogging long enough that I don't actually remember when I started! I've been here at Typepad for a bit over six years. And I blogged elsewhere for a few years before that.
That's a lot of blog posts!
At first, it was a whim. I thought it would be fun (I was right). I didn't expect the ways in which it would change my view of the world and what I do in it.
I didn't expect to start feeling as though it was necessary to have a camera with me at all times, just in case something I saw sparked a blog idea and I wanted a picture. When I started blogging, my cell phone did not have a camera. Then, for a while, when I upgraded my phone, one of the criteria became whether or not the camera would produce pictures that were good enough for the blog.
Seriously? Yes. I didn't ask whether it could take pictures I'd want to keep for myself -- to remember people or events. I didn't ask whether it could take pictures I'd want to share with my family (photos of my girls for their grandparents). No. I asked whether the pics would be blog-worthy. (Sigh)
From time to time, I've taken pictures not because I wanted to keep a memory, but because I had to "feed the blog".
I didn't expect to develop a wee editor in my head who kept track of what event or scene or encounter was "bloggable." And, when I started, I certainly didn't expect to find times when blogging became an obligation. Since then, I've hooked up with BlogHer, and since they now pay me enough to cover the costs of blogging, it is reasonable that I feel an obligation to post regularly. Which leads me to today's dilemma.
My life is interesting to ME right now. But it's not as full of what I think are bloggable moments as it used to be. Because I'm studying a lot and doing homework (i.e. giving massages), I'm spending less time knitting. That means I have fewer interesting knitting updates to provide (assuming of course, that you're interested in knitting at all - but this is/was primarily a knitting blog, so I like to pretend that you are). I'm also spending less time wandering around my yard noticing all the lovely things -- and thus taking fewer pictures of them. And I'm not getting in as much travel, so there aren't those things to share.
Yes, school is dominating my life (yay). This semester, we're studying pathology, and delving slightly into various massage modalities. When we were learning muscles, I found more things to share on the blog that had to do with what I was studying. Now, well, pathology is fascinating, but generally kind of icky. I'm not anticipating that very many of you want to read about the icky stuff. And the modalities are fascinating, but we're not studying any one of them in enough depth for me to feel like what I have to say about them will be useful.
So... the thing that is consuming most of my time lately is not as easy to blog about.
Oddly, that hasn't lessened my desire to blog. So... you're getting random thoughts and topics. I'm trying to think of a way that will improve the coherence of the blog (and thus make it more interesting). So, I thought I'd put up a wee little poll to see if you all are willing to share what you'd like to read more about.