“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” –Confucius
Since this blog’s inception, I’ve struggled to define its purpose. I’ve struggled to answer the following questions:
Why am I blogging?
Who am I writing for?
What do I want to write?
The best I’ve come up with is a “blog perspective,” a mission statement of sorts, that defines my outlook on life: continual growth and learning, self-understanding, and strength in the face of adversity. But a blog needs to have more definition than that: the answer to the question, “What is the blog about?” should be a word or two, not a statement. I’ve never been able to decide on the answers to the above questions, and so I’ve taken a meandering path, trying new things, some more successful than others. As a result, I have a core of faithful followers who regularly connect with my blog (I suspect) because they like my voice and point of view. I am very grateful for those followers. The rest come and go, connecting with one topic, but not the next. I’m grateful for those followers, too, for inadvertently pointing out the weakness of my approach.
The new school year has forced me to re-evaluate all of my writing projects. Less time means intense prioritization, and it’s been hard for me to prioritize my blog when I don’t know why I’m doing it. So I sat down and made a list of all my current writing projects. The list looks like this: