Blogging Manifesto- or how and why I blog

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:

no smile selfies- Cleopatra style

  • Personality:
    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.
  • Mission/Journey:
    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?
  • Why:
    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!

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  1. I think this is great. To me, this whole post is saying, “I’m going to be genuine to myself and uphold personal integrity”. I have so much respect for that!

    In an age where everything and everyone (*cough*woman*cough*) is supposed to smile and be sunshine-and-puppy-dogs cheerful, it takes courage to admit that you might be hiding under a cheerful façade. Sometimes life hands you lemons, and it’s totally fine to make a sour face instead of making lemonade. I think that a lot of people forget that (myself included!) and try to make everything happy, happy, happy. Just this morning I posted on my private online venue (Facebook) about feeling negative about something someone did to be nice and I still feel guilty for being grumpy about something that had the best intentions. But, I shouldn’t because I was annoyed and I have a right to be annoyed (plus, I needed to rant so that I could be polite and grateful to her face).

    Not that I expect you to be negative – I’m just trying to say that I understand the cheerful façade issue and I support you’re right to express and be whatever emotion you’re feeling at the time.

    I’m excited to see where you go with this and to learn more about you. For example, I’d be interested in knowing more about your “recovery” from being a craft entrepreneur. What does that mean? Was it a bad experience or just something that you decided wasn’t working for you? Etc. And, this: “how working as an artist felt and what it means to be a writer.” Yes, please. Both. Multiple times over. I’m always really interested in what people think about these sorts of things. I think it comes from a lifetime of thinking that I wasn’t and could never be a “real” artist, which is why I abandoned it so many years ago (my one big regret in life and something that I’m having a hard time remedying because it’s hard going from the skills I remember having to what little skill I have now – practice, I know, I just need to practice!).

    Actually, I was thinking about this yesterday because I noticed that my blog has acquired a few book fans as followers recently. Because I haven’t locked myself into a blog type or blog direction, my blog has slowly migrated to being more book-related in recent months. I love that I was able to do that and that I’m able to continue to write about other things (health, fitness, winter, hobbies, whatever) without feeling like I’m “off-topic.” It’s so liberating being able to find the freedom to make my blog my own thing and letting it reflect my constantly evolving self.

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    1. Dear Anne, thanks for taking the time to write this amazing considered response. And for writing blog posts that I so often want to respond to!
      Thanks too for picking up on some of the nuances here and encouraging me to be true to my feelings, whether that means feeling like I have to look a certain way or present a certain face. I do feel like I’m ‘in recovery’ from my time as a freelance crafter- it was hard going in ways I could never have imagined and it almost broke me. But it was a huge learning experience that lead me to question my very core beliefs about who I am, what I want to do, how I feel about Art, and what I need to change to feel better about myself. Time is a great healer, and it’s only through time that I’ve become more able to openly address these things. I do hope that my blog will become a tool to allow me to talk about how I worked through my paradigm shift at length.
      I really appreciate you sticking around and reading, your interest encourages me to keep going!
      Here’s to our ‘constantly evolving selves’. x

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      1. I think that you may find that it also becomes a tool for others, as well. Even though you aren’t writing for them, other people may find that something you say touches on something in their life and, if nothing else, they have the comfort of knowing that they aren’t alone. This is one of the reasons I love personal blogs. Sometimes I’m randomly search things and find that the most thought provoking insight is from the people who are/were affected by something and not the “experts.”

        If nothing else, your honesty about your recovery may help others to break free, as you have.

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      2. This is another comment that meant the world to me. Thank you. I really appreciate the encouragement to talk openly about these things, and you’ve convinced me it might be worth while to share. I needed to wait a while before i could talk about my struggles with self employment in the indie craft field, i needed to separate out the emotions, frustration and hurt, and work out what happened and why this wasn’t right for me. You’ll see a post in response to one of yours on here soon. x

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      3. Ooh, yes. It’s very important to wait until you’re ready and you’ve had a chance to find the right words to say what you want to say. I’m glad I’m able to provide some encouragement 🙂

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  2. Oh, I love this!! We’ve talked a lot about being genuine and this post breathes it. It’s so important to write what you want and not write for a particular audience. As you know I’m currently on that journey too. I’m not getting as much interaction as I did when I was blogging about crafts but it doesn’t matter because I’m enjoying blogging a lot more now.
    It’s great to have a manifesto to refer to when you get lost. I use my about page for that. I guess it’s my manifesto. It makes me so happy watching you finding your way back to your true self! X

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    1. Thanks for all the encouragement Chiaki! I’m glad to be on this journey with you so that we can encourage each other. Yes I might have less readers because I’m not chasing a particular topic or the converse might happen, we’ll see. Either way I’ll be happier to make this space online truly my own. x

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      1. You’re welcome, my dear. I’m glad to be on this journey with you too. It’s so lovely having each other’s support and encouragement, and bouncing ideas off each other. 🙂 I’m so excited about the direction your blog is going in. It’s become beautifully genuine, honest and deep. The most important thing is to stay true to oneself. The right readers will find us. x

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