Monday, November 21, 2011

"Stuff Week" at Estella's Revenge

I spend some time each day -- even if it's just a little -- trolling through the gazillion posts in my Google Reader. On my most recent romp over the weekend, I came across Ash's post over at English Major's Narrative (formerly English Major's Junk Food) about changing the focus of her blog. You should definitely read the whole post, but the basic idea is that Ash's life has changed a great deal since she started writing her blog, the focus of her life is no longer so heavily weighted toward books, and she wants to write about other interests.


I find myself thinking about this very issue quite often. Let's face it, folks, I don't read as quickly as I used to. I find myself consumed mostly by my professional life and motherhood! I also feel a growing interest in sustainability, cooking, fashion, DIY/crafts, health, and current events. This week I feel an especially strong pull to "go off" about something other than books. I'm nearly finished with Siobhan Fallon's You Know When the Men Are Gone, and I'm itching to review it, but it'll be a few days. Therefore, I'm christening this week at Estella's Revenge "Stuff Week." I'll be writing about stuff I'm passionate about or generally interested in...other than books!

While I realize some of you won't be terribly interested in my posts this week, I also think I'm willing to risk it! When I wrote my "Motherhood Changes Reading" post last week, I felt...different. It's been a good long while since I wrote a truly impassioned post about books -- largely because of reading slumps and life. It felt good to delve deeply into a topic and just run with it. I also very much enjoyed the comment conversations that grew out of that post.

So what do you have to look forward to this week?

  • Tuesday: A post about food choices: a short rant about recalls and an exploration of the ways I'm changing the food decisions I make for my family
  • Wednesday: A holiday gift guide for toddlers
  • Thursday: A Thanksgiving remembrance (and cooking!)
  • Friday: A post about recycling and how few and far between environmentally friendly options present themselves in the Dallas area
While I'm exercising my writing legs, what are you up to this week? Thanksgiving plans perhaps? A short work week? What are you reading (because you know I still want to know!)?

22 comments:

  1. I'm excited to read everything you post this week! After making the switch I just feel a lot more passionate about blogging and I've received tons of support. I'm glad I made the decision I did.

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  2. I'm so glad you're doing what's in your best interest, Ash! Blogging should never be a chore! :)

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  3. Oh, I know this feeling! I too have felt a huge decrease in my reading and I can only imagine that once I start working full-time again, I will have even less time. I am not sure what will happen to my blog. That's part of the reason I started the historical interlude things, in hopes that I will at least have SOMETHING to write about randomly. But who knows? I am personally not really comfortable putting things up on my blog about my personal life (though I love other people doing so), so I have to figure stuff out.

    But I'm glad you're more comfortable in this new format and I'm looking forward to your posts!

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  4. Thanks, Aarti! I'm not sure how this format will work in the future. I'm not sure it's permanent. Right now it's me giving myself "permission" (which is so silly) to write about anything I want for a week.

    It was SO EASY to come up with a list of things to blog about this week that were not book related. It makes me think I will MOST CERTAINLY throw in more of these types of posts in the future.

    Wishing you well as you weather these same concerns.

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  5. I hope that Stuff Week ends up turning into Stuff Forever. I do love reading about books, but I honestly don't do it very often anymore. The personal posts and non-bookist posts are the ones that I gravitate towards. We spend so much time doing this thing called blogging that at this point I want to feel like I'm getting to know the person behind the blog, not the books she's reading about. And I still struggle with this on my blog sometimes, but I also find that my non-bookish posts are often the ones that receive more comments than the bookish ones.

    So, stuff on, Andi. I wish more bloggers would!!!

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  6. This sounds like an exciting change for your blog - I have a feeling it'll be popular.

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  7. Trish, thank you for the endorsement! I also love to learn about the blogger behind the blog. After maintaining my blog for 7 years or so, I feel like legitimate buddies with a lot of the bloggers I read and I want to keep growing the circle of bloggy love. I am SO not opposed to personal posts, so I don't know why I've restricted myself to some extent.

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  8. Thanks, Kathy! I'm excited, for sure!

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  9. Stuff will be good. Especially since I'm illiterate. ;-)

    BTW--You know that thing I started years ago? Comes to an end at the end of the year. What a run!

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  10. That's an amazing run! I was just looking at some of the pics the other day. :)

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  11. Oh! I didn't realize you were still lurking around!

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  12. Of course I am! I'm a born lurker. :)

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  13. I think it's great to mix things up. All of us who are "bookies" have lives too, so it's fun to share that side of ourselves as well.

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  14. I look forward to reading your other "stuff" too, Andi...as much as I like books, I don't think I could write about them alone...my reading has slowed quite a bit too, and while there are some books I still am happy to fly through (the new Stephanie Plum which was released today), there are many others that I want to take my time with.

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  15. I'm excited to read what you blog about this week and think it all sounds interesting! I would read your blog even if you didn't write about books...and I like that you share about being a Mother in different posts :) Have a great week Andi!

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  16. Since I'm trying to write a post a day, I understand completely what you're going through. I can't wait to read this week's posts.

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  17. I love posts about things other than books, particularly personal posts. So I am excited to see your thoughts this week!

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  18. I think I might be joining you and Ash and Trish. Recent events in bloggerland have made me rethink some things (nothing that I was even remotely involved in....just things that make you go hmmm about priorities). Although I suspect I'll still be heavier on the book posts, since I seem to have a distinct lack of other hobbies.

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  19. I think this is a great idea, Andi. I enjoy reading lots of different things on blogs, so I look forward to seeing the subjects you branch off into. :)

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  20. I love reading personal posts from bloggers, and to be honest, I generally skim book posts (even though I mainly have book bloggers in my feed!) if I am not interested in the book or don't have time to read the post.

    Personal posts, however, are like excerpts from books. Except their real. :)

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  21. I know exactly how you feel, and I don't even have motherhood to blame! When I worked in publishing, I was all books, all the time. Now I still read just as much (if not more, because I don't have to read military history books for work anymore that I never reviewed anyway because I worked on them), but I find that I have less to talk about it between book reviews. Even some books I've read, I haven't reviewed, when in the past I wrote something about every book I read (or started and didn't read).

    I've toyed with venturing into other subjects, and look forward to seeing how you do it here!

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  22. I love hearing about "stuff" and not just your books. You have a great writing style and always make me smile or make me think in a more meaningful way about something. I loved your rant about the food industry that I just read this morning. That's a subject we all need to think more about!

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