Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What I've been telling people about my blog these days

If you follow me on Facebook, you'll already know that last night, I attended one of the most awesome, worthwhile events I've ever been invited to last night. Blurb.ca, my favourite photobook people (even though I've never actually gotten around to making my own book), hosted a 'Photo Safari' in the Distillery District with Toronto with photographer Dan Milnor (and blogger Elycia, whom I was thrilled to see there and meet for the first time!). The event pushed me out of my comfort zone, into the cold and damp of the Distillery District in the fall, into conversation with photographers more accomplished than me. I came away inspired, intimidated, excited, and maybe a little over-stimulated.

This post isn't about the photography. I'm saving that for my Photo Friday post. This post is about the conversations I had as the afternoon moved into evening and we all began to share who we are and what we do. This post is about where this blog is going. This post may also be about how happy this blog makes me.


You may have noticed. I've come to a crossroads with this blog. The original intent is no longer applicable. A year and a half ago, I had so much to say about this little house. There were so many projects to do, so much pretty to inject into these run-down four walls. There was a basement apartment to talk about, a bathroom renovation, and a new, gorgeous kitchen. There were furniture acquisitions and make-overs to attempt, new skills to teach myself, and a myriad of plans to share.


That hasn't necessarily changed. There are still projects to do, and big renovations to plan, and I'm not going to stop sharing relentlessly about my inspiration, plans, and projects. But my little house doesn't always hold my unswaying attention, and these days, my ability to focus on what is contained and what could be contained in these four walls is being challenged. I've struggled against it for a while. Over the past month or so, I've reached a realization:


It's ok to change.
It's ok to let this blog change.
It's ok to let my voice and my purpose change.

Finally, I've begun to admit that This Dusty House needs to change, whether I like it or not. I need to pull it out of a category and focus it instead of the things I love. I need to talk about books more, and afghans, and shoes, and food, and Toronto, and the country, and my dogs, and Pekoe. And photography. And the church. And - why not; let's got political - women's issues.


This chair has played so many roles in my house. It's lived in the living room, the bedroom, the garden, and now, finally, the dining room. Perhaps it's a little cheesy, but it's time to allow my writing to become like this chair - a little all over the place.

16 comments:

  1. I have so been feeling the same way about mine! (might be why I took a two month hiatus..oops) Just not sure what to post or what was 'allowed' to be posted, when really, I can post anything I want. And I used to do that, so I'm not sure why it was such a concern now. I've started posting again and am glad to be back at it :) I missed the blog world a little. Can't wait to see where you take your little blog space :) xo

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  2. Jo @ To a Pretty LifeOctober 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    All over the place is good! I have a little cast-iron bird that migrates around the house. I look forward to seeing where your blog will take you.

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  3. Hi Jeanette, thanks so much for coming! You are lovely and it was really nice to meet you. Please continue to blog, about anything, everything. Hope to see you again!

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  4. I agree! I started out wanting to write only about home decor, but with a small home you start to come to a finish...and so I too started branching out a bit. I love your writing and I have enjoyed your non-home posts too! keep them up!

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  5. Bring on the women's issues! That's a favourite topic of mine lately.

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  6. ME TOO! Perhaps we can get some debate going?

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  7. I'm glad you've been enjoying the posts that aren't so home related. I do start to worry, especially when weeks go by without a decent house-related post!

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  8. Annie, thank you for inviting me! I had such a wonderful time!

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  9. I know a few bloggers who are feeling the same way! Is there something about this time of year? Or is it just a natural cycle that every blogger goes through at some point?

    Here's to branching out!

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  10. I'm kinda of in awe of you for saying out loud what I, and probably many other bloggers are thinking (or think from time to time). I too am feeling a little lost with my blog - my original intentions was for it to be about decorating my place, but as I look back I see that I haven't accomplished much in that sphere, and I've been blogging for a year and a half.
    I too want to change the scope of my blog, but I'm stuck on a desire to change it's name, and I can't come up with anything that seems 'me' and not just 'my home'.
    PS - I echo Ashley - bring on the women's issues!

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  11. The rain kept me away from the event! I suck!
    Go ahead an write from your heart! I am sure you will find a dedicated audience!!!

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  12. I "follow" a lot of blogs though google reader, and there is NO way I could ever read all the content that comes in. However, I do check in on my favorite blogs all the time (yours is one of those). What I've realized is that it's not specifically the content that keeps bringing me back. It's the personality of the writer and the voice that he or (mostly) she writes in that keeps me interested. So regardless of your topic, you WILL have readers. Do it for yourself, not for us :)

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  13. Blog on!! I too find it hard to describe my blog to others... but I think it's a good thing to be able to blog about whatever is of interest to you and or your readers. I look forward to reading more of your posts about anything!

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  14. Very cool Jeanette. I appreciate what you're saying here. And of course, life changes. It only comes natural those changes are reflected through this blog because it is you who is writing it!
    As a Torontonian, I am actually quite anxious to see what you post about this lovely city in the future!

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  15. JessiestreetdesignsOctober 25, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    I just recently found your blog and have been following along (and catching up!) on your posts! Your blog is great and one that I check on a regular basis...looking forward to the next "chapter" of your blog!

    Jenny

    P.S. I'm a fellow Canadian (and GTAer - is that even a word?!?)

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