Following some serious reflection after writing my previous post, I came to the conclusion this blog was in desperate need of a few changes. I could not understand why my interest had waned so significantly and why I didn’t seem to care if I walked away.
My “Aha!” moment came in the form of search terms. Sometimes they’re hilarious (Recent one: realists are assholes. Well, yea!) and sometimes they turn on the proverbial lightbulb. This latest revelation wasn’t a light bulb, it was a 2×4 whacked right into my forehead. Figurately speaking of course.
One of the common search terms I get is some variation of “housewife no kids blog.” When this blog began 2 years ago I made fun of my stay at home wife status. I found humor in it, especially since I also discovered a few misconceptions about stay at home wives. Jokingly I wanted to sort of clear up those misconceptions (such as the assumption we’re lazy).
As time went on and I delved into other topics ranging from fertility, weight loss, academics and life in general, I started to find myself crammed right into the niche I didn’t want to be crammed into. Almost an open mouth, insert foot moment. Definitely an “Aw shit!” moment.
Here we are 2 years and over 150 blog posts later and it’s time for a change.
First of all, The Coffee Pot Chronicles is going to find its conversational roots once and for all. It was intended to be conversational in the first place.
This blog was meant to have a coffee shop ambiance while inviting conversation and dialogue with readers. I failed at this. I’m not saying this to put myself down. I’m simply recognizing shit happens and sometimes I’m not perfect (I know, shocking isn’t it?).
Secondly, there might be some change in the design. Not much, just enough to get away from graphics and establish a more professional look and feel. I think it looks great how it is now but a little facelift never hurt anyone.
Third, allowing my voice to come through better than it has. Kind of random to mention this, but after only four weeks into the new semester I am already noticing a difference in my writing. I’m paying attention and learning to allow myself to let things happen naturally instead of trying to be someone I’m not.
For reasons I cannot explain I’ve often been a bit constricted in my writing. Trying too hard to be one way or another. Trying to avoid swearing and making sure I look good to readers. Like some sort of twisted attempt at not pissing people off or saying the wrong thing.
Finally, a change in topics. The marriage category will be disappearing and older posts regarding my stay at home wife status may find themselves in the trash bin (saved on Word of course). Fertility and attempts to become a parent posts may also disappear.
I’d like to put more focus on real topics (real to me anyhow) with meaning. Stories about food, travel, photography. I will be launching a third blog (eek!) in the coming weeks (the kimulmanis.com site I mentioned in the last post) that will focus more heavily on professional endeavors, journalistic stories, features on people and social commentary.
All of the changes that will be happening will occur over the coming weeks when kimulmanis.com debuts. It’s a photography site now but will get a blog makeover by the end of this month.
Stick around for more information and updates. I’ll also be [attempting] to post more often on the Facebook page.
Thanks to all my readers for your support and readership. I appreciate those who continue to stop by and say hello.