A new chapter….

Hello, twelve people who are probably reading this. Welcome to my new home on the web.

Blogging is a weird thing. It’s like … you know how sometimes you reach the end of a good book and you sigh and wish there was more? Yeah, blogging is the opposite of that. There’s never any real ending to blogging, so what ends up happening is people post day after day after day until they burn out or their lives change greatly or something. And sometimes there’s a big sign off and retirement, but often times it’s a receding into the distance. They stop posting every day and then it’s once a week and then once a month and pretty soon, nothing at all.

That’s basically what happened to me. I burned out, I stopped posting, when I did post my posts were often crappy and not very thought out. But most of all, I was just really tired of blogging on the same subjects over and over again.

I started blogging when I was in a specific stage in my life. I was working in the TV industry during the writer’s strike and I had experienced an eco-awakening. I had plenty of time on my hands to blog, and I wanted to Make A Difference.

Over the years my life changed. I moved to London. Then to New York. Then to San Francisco. I met a boy. We moved in together. We got engaged. I got a new degree and a few new jobs until the right job came along.

My life changed, but the blog stayed the same. For some reason, even though it was my blog, I felled hemmed in. The blog started out basically being about my life and my life was focused on my eco-adventures. But when my life changed and I was no longer focusing all my attention on living an environmentally sustainable life, I didn’t feel like I could change the theme of my blog. I figured my audience wasn’t interested in the day to day of my life, they wanted to read about my latest adventures in vegetarian eating or in my war on paper towels.

Problem was, I no longer cared that much about paper towels. I mean, I use them extremely sparingly, and I buy the 100% recycled kind and compost them when I use them, but I no longer think that I’m going to save the world one paper towel at a time.

And that’s true of most of my eco-pursuits. Either they are things that I’ve given up on (vegetarianism, not using toilet paper), or they are things that are now so deeply ingrained in me that I don’t have to really focus on them (composting, cleaning with vinegar, baking soda, and other environmentally friendly products). That’s not to say that I don’t try new things from time to time, and that there aren’t things I’m striving to get better at, but it’s just not the focus of my life anymore.

Autobiographical books can remain focused on a theme or a topic  because they only span a chapter of one’s life. That chapter is selectively chosen and carefully edited. But you can’t autobiographically blog forever about one theme or topic because that would mean that your life was unchanging.

So that’s why I started a new blog. I can’t tell you what I’m going to talk about, but I promise to try and make it interesting to read.

10 responses to “A new chapter….

  1. Looking forward to it!

  2. I know just what you mean…I started blogging to chronicle my forays into cooking locally and seasonally, but I no longer feel compelled to blog everything I cook because really, it’s just another meal, and I feel like my environmental habits that were novel to me a few years ago are now ingrained in my lifestyle, so I opened up my blog to also just be random cool things going on in my life.

  3. Congratulations on your new blog! I can’t wait to see what it will be like. 🙂

  4. Aw, thanks guys! I’m happy to be back to blogging.

  5. I’ve subscribed! Can’t wait to read more!

  6. Beany! I’ve missed you!!

  7. Yay!!! I’ve always thought that what makes a blog interesting is the person writing it, not the subject matter. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  8. Are we up to 12 yet?

    I like random 🙂

    viv in nz

  9. Thirteen!

    The great thing with blogging is the friendships. I found your old blog because I was interested in the eco content, but your personality shone through those posts to the extent that I now consider you a friend and will happily read anything* you care to post. I’m glad you’ve decided to start a new chapter!

    *well most stuff anyway… no baseball 🙂

  10. Aw, Cath, thanks for this. Come to San Francisco some time! Also, I doubt that I will write about any baseball, so not to worry. I may write one or two tea drinking manifestos though….

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