January 15, 2013 § 14 Comments
Cold rain drips
into dirty black puddles.
Punch down dough!
I’m in a mood. It has been gray and gloomy for three days, and it is affecting me. Like a million other bloggers out there, I don’t have a focus. This isn’t a how-to blog, or a blog about, well, anything. I chose the name Butterfly Mind deliberately – because my mind is all over the place, and I’m working to embrace my fluttering (See There’s power in that adjective for the story). When I introduced myself to a local writing group and explained that I blog, but I have no theme, I have no focus, one writer raised his hand and said, “Excuse me? Do you really need a focus?” And I fell in love with the group.
But as my “to-write” list grows, the topics ranging from hiking conversations, to housekeeping, to memoir, to haiku, I’m feeling more scattered than even I am comfortable with, and I find myself overwhelmed and wondering “where do I begin?” Do I write about winter in Maine? Or continue the Dear Diary, story? I could write about my adventures in homemaking. Or courting my husband on the Appalachian Trail. Or maybe I should write haiku about baking bread today:
like Popeye on spinach – Push!
And turn the dough.
I’ve considered starting all over with another blog. A blog with a focus. My resolution to learn how to keep house this year has my wheels turning, and I’m thinking about writing a housekeeping blog for beginners. A blog that traces my journey through learning the basics of keeping house, and of why it’s important to make a house into a home. I even wrote out a list of domain names and checked into their availability.
My recent post, Would I know how to do this if I had taken Home Ec?, which I thought would be a total flop, stimulated inspiring discussion that has encouraged me. One reader commented that self-sufficiency at home is “one of the parts of [our son's] education that I look forward to most.” Her thoughtful comments have me thinking its time for me to start teaching our kids about housekeeping. I even wrote “Start teaching kids housekeeping” on my calendar for this summer, once I’ve gotten the hang of it myself. And boy would that provide fodder for an amateur housekeeper blog.
But I’m still not sure. It would be an awful lot of work, and I’m not sure I’ve got the personality for it. My first housekeeping post was the most boring post ever. And to be honest, I’m not sure if housekeeping is what I want to write about. Or what you want to read about.
So why don’t you tell me – would you be interested in a homemaking blog? I would likely still keep this one. I can’t stand the thought of limiting myself to one topic. In fact, the thought of having a focus almost makes me balk and not even publish this post.