Yesterday Vanessa from Silly Eagle Books brought her 2 girls over for a playdate. The kids played with stamps, hid in the Little Mermaid tent, made tortilla pizzas with olives, bacon, pepperoni and pineapple and then played Barbies in the playroom. Vanessa and I talked about blogging comments and our kids.
I was going to write a whole post about it and laugh about the fact that when 2 bloggers get together there should be lots of pictures and documentation. But we didn’t do any of that. Four kids kept us too busy. Or maybe talking did.
But as I started writing I got this block. I couldn’t write a this-is-what-we-did-today post for anything. It felt heavy. Forced. Boring.
Then later than night while I was answering Disney questions, I clicked over to twitter and saw this question:
That’s what ohAmanda is/was—a no-niche memoir blog. I want to pass along a window of my life (and my kids’ lives) to my family while encouraging and entertaining you along the way. It’s not an organization blog, a parenting blog, a craft blog, an attachment parenting, a simple living blog or any other amazing niche blog. It’s just a blog about a normal, run-of-the-mill mom and what I’m interested in.
But I find myself unable to write the day-to-day stuff about our lives. Seriously, when was the last time I did that? I try to show you a picture of the kids every Saturday because if I didn’t, I might never write a diary-of-our-mundane-life post again! And not because I don’t want to. I just can’t.
So, then I tweeted Cecily & Jo-Lynne about it. Jo-Lynne suggested that as our kids get older it’s harder to write about them. Maybe. But I wrote about Lydia when she was 2 like Asa. Why don’t I write about Asa being 2?
I wonder if it’s because I’ve been around so long—I mean, 4 years of me doing the same thing every year has got ME bored! I looked at my archives and in 2007 I was literally writing a journal of my days (check out this post exactly FOUR years ago TODAY). In 2008, I got wordier (surprise! surprise!) and a little more interactive (ahh, preggo me!). 2009? I sound different. And I start mourning the loss of my random. Last year I got introspective and began to write 4 feet long posts.
I know why this happened. I’m not suggesting I change or try to go back. It’s just interesting to look at. And it brings me back to Cecily’s question: Is there room for a no-niche memoir blog? Or better still, Can a no-niche memoir blog continue to grow, gain readers and have influence?
If you’re a no-niche memoir blogger, what do you think? How has your blog changed over the years?
If you’re not a blogger, do you read no-niche memoir blogs? Do you actively follow blogs that are ONLY about someone’s daily life?