Sunday, January 13, 2008

Every Writer Needs a Personal Blog, Right?

I know, I know...this is number 6.

But it has a purpose. Really it does.

If you're thinking that this is one blog too many (or maybe three or four too many), I respectfully request that you blame Jenn over at Thrift Shop Romantic. You see, Mark Stoneman started a personal blog and announced it on Blog Catalog, where there was much rejoicing because Mark is a very educated, insightful contributor to discussions over there and we're all very interested in hearing what he has to say on more varied subjects. But then Jenn said, "it's funny how much of our lives we partition into blogs", and I suddenly had no choice but to start a new blog.

You see, I'm changing jobs. In fact, as I write this, I'm technically unemployed, having left one job on Friday and scheduled to start the new one on Wednesday. In many ways, I'm really sad about leaving the old job, which was fantastic in more ways than I can articulate here (I'm sure more of them will emerge as time goes on). But in another way I'm really excited, and not just about the new project I'm taking on. I'm excited to be reintegrating my life.

For two years, it's been pretty tough for me to do anything except work during the week and be with my daughter on the weekends. It was a great job and I have a great kid, but there was no life in between--and no easy transition between the two, with a 3+ hour commute making for 12-13 hour days every weekday. I hadn't seen most of my friends in months. I hadn't hung curtains in the townhouse I moved into a year and a half ago, and I didn't do much writing anymore.

So I had five blogs, and they were just like my life: one about writing, one about religion, one about social issues--anyone who read just one of those blogs might have come away with an entirely different impression of me than someone who'd read just another of them. That's the nature of the niche, of course, but "partitioning" my life is the last thing I want to do about now. So I decided to create a center point, a personal blog that reflects all of those little pieces of me.

It might be really boring. But at least it will be three-dimensional.


Barb said...

Somehow I doubt that it will be boring.

RockStories said...

Barb, I appreciate the sentiment, but you clearly haven't had the opportunity to enjoy my scintillating post on the wonders of setting my alarm clock for 7:00 a.m. yet...

BNS said...

Tis the season to be un-partitioned, then. Looking forward to following this new "Tiffany Unplugged" version.


ThriftShopRomantic said...

Ah, Tiffany (hangs head), I'll accept the blame-- especially since I know you put a lot of thought into EVERYTHING, and your efforts will be interesting, well-crafted and far from wasted.

Wishing you rewarding blogging-- and best of luck with your new job!


MS said...

I'm looking forward to this, Tiffany. And I'm glad you'll got more time for family life.