Thursday, March 15, 2012

Blog Topics

Since I started blogging again, it has come to my attention that blogs are supposed to be about something. Rather than just rambling along about my (probably) boring life, I'm told I should pick something I'm interested in or have some expertise with and center my blog about that. With that in mind, I thought I would consider some topics for my blog.

Rat Terriers


Pros: This is an obvious one. Everyone knows how much I love dogs in general and Rat Terriers in specific. I literally can't imagine my life without my Ratties, because the idea is too horrific to bear. I do have some expertise in the subject, too. I have an obedience background, having volunteered as an instructor for 5 years for a no-kill animal shelter in Las Vegas. I took Comparative Psychology in college and have read many books on animal psychology over the years. I am fascinated by our relationships with dogs and how they impact our lives. I have done some research on Rat Terriers and could tell you some funny details not everyone knows about their history.

Cons: Ratties are a rare breed and most of you will never have the honor of having one in your life. I don't want anyone to feel bad about owning an inferior breed nor do I want to turn off any cat- rat- fish- or bird-owners out there by constantly talking about dogs.

Programming


Pros: I do this for a living, and it would probably be good for my career to set myself up as an expert of some kind. I am really good at what I do and I have taught others how to program for the web. I enjoy teaching and think I'm pretty good at it. I know that writing about work would give me even more incentive to research and implement better practices, which could make me even better at what I do.

Cons: As much as I love teaching, I hate writing instructions. I feel like there are too many voices on the web telling everyone else the "right" way to design and program for the web for mine to ever be heard. Most of my friends and family could not be more bored than they are when I start talking shop, and I just wouldn't want that.

Books


Pros: The only thing that rivals my love for dogs is my love for books. As I've mentioned before, I own a ton of them, and I've read even more than I own. Reading is my favorite leisure activity and the main reason behind any small successes I have had in school, work and life. I could talk for days about the books I love, the books I hate and the ones in between. I could talk about my attempts at writing, such as they are. I could even tell you what books you have to read and ask you for recommendations.

Cons: There is a site for this. It's called GoodReads.com. Check it out sometime.

Dieting


Pros: I've had a little success with the South Beach Diet and I know a lot about how to lose weight safely and healthily. This topic is on my mind often, either because I'm losing weight or gaining weight or somewhere in-between. I've got lots of advice to share and would love to be an "inspiration" to others. Assuming I ever lose the weight and keep it off, of course.

Cons: I have had too many failures with this to ever set myself up as an example. I don't want to discuss my weight struggles every day. It's too depressing.

Crafts


Pros: I do a LOT of crafts. I used to run the craft department of a fabric store in Las Vegas. I even took advanced stitchery in High School. (It was California, they didn't have basket-weaving that year.) I have plenty of personal examples to share and I always get a kick out of showing them off. I not only do the more ordinary crafts like scrapbooking and card-making, but offbeat stuff like making paper and hand-spinning.

Cons: I would rather do crafts than talk about them. There's just not that much you can say about scrapbooking that isn't already being said by thousands of crafty moms.

Do you see the problem? I have too many interests. How could I choose one and ignore the rest? When and where would I talk about all of the miscellaneous happenings if I did a topic-focused blog. Harley is smart, but he has nothing to do with programming. Healthy eating is important, but what does it have to do with making paper? Then there are the other interests in my life - music, Disney, decorating, juggling sticks, Ren Fest, comedy, theater, movies, and so on.

Call it lack of focus if you wish, but I prefer to think of myself as a renaissance woman. I would rather talk about everything and nothing than one thing.

Hope you enjoy it.

3 comments:

SandraG said...

Keep on the way you have. Many people enjoy your blogs so why change?

Brian Arnold said...

Your blog is about you. That's all that matters. :)

I Giggle said...

Thanks, guys. I guess that's what I'll do. :)