Do you ever get an idea in your head and, no matter good it seems, you can’t figure out how to make it work? The past months have been like that for me as I kept coming back to the possibility of blogging.
Now, my whole teenage life has been gradually equipping me with the skills and resources to successfully run my own blog, from being the daughter of Anne Elliott and working many times for her and her blog throughout my teenage life, to most recently sitting in on a blogging discussion with Christy Jordan — the opportunities have truly been endless, to the point where I consider them normal. So my problem hasn’t been how to start a blog, but rather what to start a blog about.
I’ve spent the past months occasionally coming back to, “oh, I’d like to have a place where I can put my thoughts out into the void” while simultaneously thinking about blogging without any specific material to blog about catching my interest. So after discussing my blogging desire with my sister, I decided to make a list of all the topics and things I might want to share about. Here’s what I came up with:
- life hacks
- interior design
- nature / eco-friendliness
- outer space
- book reviews
- personality / psychology
“That’s too long of a list,” I thought, “and while I love all of these things, I don’t love any of them enough by themselves to make a blog dedicated to them.”
I’m too much of a “jack of all trades, master of none” kind of girl. The perk of this is that I can experience and enjoy a wide variety of things… but for creating a blog, it makes it tough choosing topics similar enough to compartmentalize. Therefore I’ve decided I’m not going to.
I believe we all were made by God with differing purposes and gifts, and to put things simply, I concluded that the reason I was unable to choose what to blog about was because I was supposed to blog about everything. It’s perhaps unconventional and may appear cluttered or disorganized, but it’s what I’m good at, and I believe it has its place in a unique way. Like an English garden, with its messy plants growing up and around, untamed, while working together in unison to make a picturesque view.
So welcome to my garden, friend. I hope you’ll take a bouquet of life hacks with you when you leave.