I started my first public blog over at Blogger in August of 2008; it was my escape from the incessant amount of literary analysis papers I had to write throughout college as an English major. (I love writing, but I don’t love writing a five page paper on a dry, dense, British lit novel that I was forced to read and never actually finished.) My blog was my literary escape where I could write about whatever I wanted, like my latest love interest, funny stories, and significant experiences had. As I wrote about all of the above, I searched for “my voice”: I experimented a lot with style and sound, seeing what worked and what didn’t. My blog was also relatively private: Only about a handful of people actually knew about my blog and read it. And I preferred it that way, because, essentially, my blog was like an online diary.
I ended up taking a blog hiatus once I found out my mom had cancer because life was just too crazy. As if my schedule wasn’t already jam packed with school, part-time jobs, and everyday responsibilities, try throwing in chemo appointments, ambulance rides, and inevitably, hospice. Life was filled with endless activity, and my heart was filled with endless amounts of tears and sadness: all things I didn’t want to be constantly exposing all over Twitter, Facebook, and my blog. So I withdrew and took a break.
I think my blog hiatus turned out to be a good thing. When I started blogging again over the summer, my writing felt, looked, and sounded different: It was coming more naturally to me and I wasn’t trying so hard anymore to sound a certain way; I was just writing and what was coming out was 100% me. I had finally found my voice.
In August 2010, I took off my “blog training wheels” and started fresh here at WordPress, which has been awesome. My love for WordPress has encouraged me to blog often and blog consistently, despite the fact that I had one more crazy-busy semester of school to finish after I moved here. This new blog has served as a great “pen and paper” these past six months to help me document my last semester of college, as well as my post-graduation plans. But now I’m ready to make more changes here. I’m over the “powder puff pink” and the grey-on-white font/background combo. I’m over the “I just graduated from college and now I’m in the real world and I have no idea what to do about it” theme and content. I want a different look and a different subject matter. The time has come for a blog makeover.
A regular at the restaurant I work at recently asked me if I have a blog so she can read about my potential adventures if I end up moving out of the country to teach English, so I’ve toyed with the notion of a travel blog. But there’s still the chance that I may not end up moving. Then I came up with the idea of a cultural blog: I could write about the lifestyle (food, art, activities, events, etc.) of Sacramento: the city I love so much and know so well. And I could still write about any small travel opportunities I receive down the road. This is the idea I liked the most; therefore, a travel/cultural blog is what you’re going to start seeing around here. I still plan on blogging about personal matters, like what’s going on with my dad, embarrassing stories, and the occasional boy toy. Just not as often.
I’m really excited about the changes I’m making here. Blogging is my exercise in writing, so I think that switching up my subject matter will help to push my writing, and, hopefully, help it grow. If I’m going to write a memoir someday, I’m going to need as much practice as I can get.
And that concludes my “blog housekeeping.” I’m even changing my domain to www.ginamarierose.com, so make sure to add it to your Google readers and whatnot, because the new site is going live tomorrow. Oh, and tell your friends if you’d like! I’m not keeping my blog a secret anymore, because it’s really quite pointless.
So tell me, why do you blog?