3/05/2009

identity crisis

Can someone help me figure out what this blog is about?
Is it about being Mormon (or not)?
About living simply?
About an atypical OC family?
About all the world that's found in a flower photo?
About procrastinating one's dissertation writing?
About a girl who hasn't yet figured out that she's all grown up now?

15 comments:

Alisa said...

Why the identity crisis? I like your blog just the way it is. (Can you feel the love?)

If I had to categorize, I'd favor #2 and put the rest of them under that category. No matter what my issues are before coming here, I always find peace and something curious on pilgrimsteps.

jana said...

It's my periodic internet freakout, I suppose. I've also been wondering if I'm just too eclectic in my interests/hobbies and if I might be a more successful blogger/human if I could focus rather than being interested in so many random topics.

[kɹeɪ̯ɡ̊] said...

You might be a more successful blogger if you only discussed a couple topics, but I don't think that has anything to do with being a more successful human.

I don't believe that there is any such thing as being too eclectic in your hobbies. If something brings you pleasure and meaning, that's all that really matters.

Deborah said...

I would hate to lose any of those dimensions of your blog . . . you are my favorite solo blogger (besides Andrew Sullivan -- and he's crazy eclectic too!)

Katie said...

Hey Jana, I'm just a random internet person (I think I found you when Dooce linked to you once), but as far as your blog goes, to me, your mix of topics is what makes your blog a good read. Since you're an interesting person and a good writer, I'm interested in reading about whatever's on your mind.

I'm interested in more things than I have time to fully pursue, too. I have always liked this Emerson quote: “The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency."

I guess when I think of your blog, I think of peace, thoughtfulness, and humor. Maybe that's your ship's course.

catbonny said...

I don't want your blog to be anything different at all. All of the things you described are you, and I like you 100% the way you are... you have your history blog so that you can be focused and successful right, this one is just all around Jana, and I love it and visit 5 times a day sometimes.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Catbonny . I like you just the way you are or ever will be. I love your writing, the flower pictures that you post, and actually all the pictures that you post. Just keep doing what you feel is right for you to do/write about. .

Marta said...

This blog is about Jana and is perfect. What is this "too eclectic" of which you speak? No such thing.

gs said...

Why does a blog have to "about" anything at all? And how can you define a blog's "success"? The questions don't make sense to me. You get plenty of traffic. Just take a few deep breaths and keep doing what you're doing. That's why we're all here reading, after all.

Aerin said...

I agree - I don't know what makes some blogs successful - and if some blogs become more successfull - would I read them more? I like your current format and random posts...but I certainly support you if you want to change.

sarah k. said...

I know this woman (know is a relative term, I've spent some time with her IRL, chatted with her on gmail and facebook, read about her life, shared some of my trauma with her and been comforted, etc.) and she writes about things that she thinks about. Which is a lot of things. No one-dimensional monologue here, but joy, sorrow, pain, anger, pleasure, beauty, simplicity, morality, philosophy, humanity, friendship, sense, gardening... I feel an affinity. Like she's my Anne with an E. A Kindred Spirit.

Lynn Gazis-Sax said...

Stay as eclectic as you feel like staying; your blog is fine as it is.

I know some narrow topic focused blogs, and if the topic's right, and right for the author, that's good. But it seems to me a blog's the last place you should make yourself be narrowly topic focused, if that's not how you think.

Diana said...

It seems to me you are developing a personal, feminst neo-Transcendentalism in your blog as you go along. The entry above this touches on so many themes that have been here all along. It's great.

Penny L. Richards said...

Oh jeez, you mean blogs are supposed to be ABOUT something? Focused? Bleh! I'd say, there are enough parts of life that require focus already--save the focus for things like driving and reading. On a blog, just do your thing and don't apologize, even to yourself.

belleshpgrl said...

Jana, I'm late to posting this and your crisis is probably over but I want you to know your blog is wonderful the way it is. It gives me daily peace to see your flowers and read about your spirituality. Reading your blog is a lovely way for me to spend some time getting my heart rate down.