Could…could it be? Is it summer 2012? I don’t know why it’s taken me a whole week to realize this, but here it is! SUMMER 2012! I feel compelled to break out into High School Musical’s What Time Is It? but I’ll spare y’all.
One of the best things about summer, to me at least, is having more time on my hands than I need to do absolutely nothing but reflect. Three whole months to just tell life to s-l-o-w the heck down and think about where I am right now. And all those writing and health and personal goals I brushed aside during the school year in favor of studying? I just wait ’til summah, summahtime. Well, summahtime is here and everything I am thinking and feeling can be summed up in a single face: O_O
I mean, where do I even start?
I spent a good while today catching up with my thoughts and scrolling through my blog dashboard. Lately, I feel like I’ve been scrambling for ideas of what to blog on, which is silly because there are endless things to talk about – what I’ve been cooking, which books I’m reading this summer, where I’ll be traveling abroad, what I am writing and the like. I have a nice layout, helpful resources, social networks. I have 180 wonderful followers, and yet a part of me feels like I’m not giving The Red Angel blog my all. It seems as though there is something missing.
I need to figure out what I want this blog to be about.
It’s funny how I’ve been keeping up with TRA for over two years and yet my blog is just now having an identity crisis. But I suppose all blogs have to go through a bit of mental “summer cleaning” (summer, since spring is already over). This is strange, but it feels like my blog doesn’t quite reflect who I am as a person. It doesn’t tell my story, and I don’t record my adventures as consistently as I should. The posts don’t really “weave” together as well as I’d like for them to. Despite the fact that The Red Angel blog is a very important part of my literary life, I don’t use it to its fullest potential. I don’t bond with my blog enough.
I suppose now, summer 2012, would be a good time to “re-brand” my blog, so to speak. One big challenge for me is not being able to look at big pictures. Instead, I focus on minute details–which are important too, of course, but detailing without actually looking at where those details build up to isn’t very productive. So I’m taking a step back and thinking about what sort of themes outline my values, my belief system, my character.
Things That Matter to Me
- self-expression, writing, creativity, narrative worlds
- freedom, equality, cooperation, anti-poverty
- respect for religion, the marketplace of ideas
- meditation, self-reflection (obviously), open-mindedness, intuition, personal preference
- kindness, service, working toward the betterment of society
- language, communication, books, travel, culture
- symbolism, storytelling, identity
- personal happiness, goal-setting, checklists
- nature, natural power, time, music, emotion, spontaneity, things that cannot be seen with the naked eye
- inner-strength, family, mutual trust
- respect for those who are different, education, learning
- pretend play, childhood, conquering fears, courage