I’ve been blogging since 2005 and have yet to find my groove. I journaled in my Xanga blog for the first few years (a way to keep in touch with my kids), then from 2009 to 2012, I alternated between creative writing, handyman blogs, translated song lyrics, and photoblogs. Since December 2010, my romance with Alicia (now my wife) has been a major topic as well. I had a wonderful and very supportive group of online friends who didn’t mind me skipping from topic to topic.
I moved from Xanga to WordPress last year, along with several dozen of my favorite Xangans. Over here I’ve found an excellent community of TCK/expat/multicultural bloggers, and have contributed a post or two and many comments to their discussions. But blogging has come hard for me this year. I continue with my handyman blogs, and the occasional Latin music video with translated lyrics, but rarely feel like writing thoughtfully about cultural issues, and haven’t been inspired to do creative writing at all. I think it’s because my stress level is much higher than it was in Dallas, thanks primarily to my financial situation.
On Xanga, it didn’t take a whole lot to get featured on the front page, especially the last couple of years. Here it seems very unlikely that I ever will be. My hodge-podge approach is not a great fit. If I were to split my blog into two or three, it might work better: a handyman blog, one focused on Latin America, possibly one focused on creative writing. But what a lot of work!
So I guess I’ll continue to limp along. I’m grateful for the Xanga friends who are still around and are generous with their comments and Likes. At least I’m not posting into the void like I did those early years on Xanga.