A while ago I asked You! Why do You Blog? and I talked about my own blogging history. As a result I discovered Beached Librarian’s posts about ‘blogging rules for success’ and why she doesn’t stick to them. We share a similar outlook, and I tested these ‘rules’ to try to define Geen Geenie. Responding to these categories helped me consider how and what I want to blog here:
I’m blogging to reconnect with aspects of my personality previously suppressed. I’m naturally philosophical, ponderous, and analytical but I hide under a facade of cheerful. But I don’t have to be palatable to everyone. I’d like to be me here.
On a mission of self discovery, I’m writer in ‘recovery’ from my time spent as craft entrepreneur and artist. I’m on a journey to uncover my authentic voice again and share what genuinely inspires me.
- My Story:
My past experiences, my colourful life, what I think of where I’ve been, where I might be going. I’d like to explore how working as an artist felt and what it means to be a writer. Along with sharing my enthusiasm for the 90’s, books, make-up, music, etc.
- No red tape:
Eschewing self-imposed limitations and not writing for any particular audience. I’m not ‘selling’ or trying to impress anyone here. One day this blog may represent a portfolio of my writing.
- Be bold:
And honour your own opinion. “This above all to thine own self be true”- Can anything be more courageous?
Because to quote Laurie Anderson “this is the time, and this is the record of the time”. Blogging allows me to document my interests and personal progress. It is a means for me to enter into a dialogue with myself publicly, and invite others to the conversation.
I found this exercise helpful, it produced a kind of manifesto I can refer to if I lose direction or experience burnout. You might also notice I mention some topics here that I haven’t really been brave enough to talk about on the blog so far but I’m hoping to tackle this year.
So,What about you? If you blog, do you set yourself guidelines? Did you ever create a blogging manifesto? – I’d love to hear about it if you did!