I realize I’m likely the last blogger on the planet to watch “Julie and Julia” but at least I’ve finally seen it now. Overall, I enjoyed it very much. Meryl Streep is wonderful, Amy Adams is adorable, and I could relate to the plot. However, I couldn’t relate as much as I’d hoped. The fact is, I started blogging in May to keep myself accountable for my meals and food choices. I also hoped to keep my training in check while preparing for races, and maybe even make a few friends along the way. Now, as I review many of my posts, I’m disappointed. I have two degrees in writing, and yet, more often than not, I write in such bland, stream-of-thought prose.
Case in point:Β I spent Monday doing all kinds of wonderful things. I finished Once A Runner, made corned beef brisket for The Huz, watched Julie and Julia, ran with Bodhi, tidied our apartment, baked a recipe for Happy Herbivore and blogged. You’d think I could find some way of expressing how nice my day was. Instead of feeling refreshed and satisfied when I sit down to write, I’m frustrated. Yes, I enjoyed my Monday. Yes, it was full of activities I love. But my day wasn’t unique. And I have nothing unique to contribute to the blog world re: my day.
When I first started reading blogs, I was drawn to writers who exhibited behaviors I admired – healthy eating, fast running, etc. In the past year, I’ve realized the blogs I continue to read are those that contribute something unique and different. I love Lindsay’s innovative yet approachable recipes. I love Gena’s passion for, and knowledge of, raw foodism and her unfailingly brave and eloquent posts. I adore the passion Angela has shown since quitting her job to open her own bakery and pursue her dreams. And I am infatuated with a sweet, sweet Pittsburgh couple who has embraced a year-long project focused entirely on the pursuit of sharing new and interesting experiences with each other.
What does my blog contribute? I’m not so sure anymore. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop blogging. However, it does mean I’m going to focus more on quality than quantity. I’m still shooting for 200 posts in 2010, but I want to contribute to the blog world. You’ve been so kind to read my posts, share my joys and sorrows and even explore my new city with me. You deserve to read good writing and to experience something new each time you visit.
What do YOU want to read about? What challenge would you like to see me face? What do you love most about your favorite blogs?