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!)?

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