Molly over at Lost A Sock (one of my all-time favorite blogs) wrote a wonderful post today. It's a sort of "state of the union" for her blog. It got me thinking about my own little corner of the internet. A lot of talk goes on in the blogosphere and at our conferences about branding and niches and the like. "What do you blog about?" I can't count the number of times I was asked this question the year I attended BlogHer. "My life" was always my answer. Some people nodded and walked away. Others, the ones I ended up really connecting with, stuck around for the conversation about exactly what "my life" entailed.
I've thought many, many times about branding this blog in a hardcore way. But then the question always arises--what in the world will I write about? Right now, this space is my own to use as I see fit. Do I write as candidly as I'd like? No way. There are a lot of things I'd love to say, but don't for one reason or another. Mostly, I'm sometimes a touch fragile when it comes to other people's opinions of how I'm living this here life. I'm happy with my life, my family, my career. Not everyone will understand why I make the choices I do or do things a certain way. In the grand scheme of things, that's fine with me. As long as things are ok with the folks who live under my roof, I really don't care about what others think. However, I know myself well enough to know that if I happened to be having a crummy day and then I opened an email containing an overly-critical comment, it would hurt my feelings a little. Yes, I'd get over it, but still. I choose not to set myself up in some situations.
I feel like, if I were to ever make money off my writing, it would be by writing about food. Right now, I write for Food Lush, which makes me happier than a bird with a french fry. The staff over there is such fun and I love talking about food every week. I try to post recipes and such here when I think about it, but even my weekly comfort food posts have fallen to the wayside lately.
I guess what I'm saying is that I love my blog. I love my online community. This is not something I ever want to stop doing. But it's also not something I want to pigeon-hole into a niche. I admire niche-bloggers so much. Just my weekly food posts constantly remind me how challenging it is to write about the same general subject matter day after day. Dean will grow up and he won't want me to be a mom blogger. And, let's face it--that's not who I am anyway.
I want to share the mundane here. I want to share victory and defeat here. I want you to laugh with me, or cry with me, depending on the day. Mostly, I want this place to give an honest glimpse into my life.
That's what I've got.