Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blogging My Tree

I recently ran across a post on Love in the City of Lights, a blog written by Kasia,  which featured a guest post by Andi of Misadventures with Andi.  Andi was giving blogging tips and mentioned one valuable lesson she learned from yet another blogger (Becky of Writing Roads).  Andi talked about learning to focus her blog by "finding her tree."  That is, make the base of your tree (or blog) that which you are most passionate about and everything you write about, your branches, should connect back to that tree.

When I first began my blog, I decided to do so because I had gained so much from reading a wide variety of blogs written by other women.  My tag line is "A place to find my way in the world" because I feel passionate about a wide variety of topics.  I'm a work in progress and am always pondering diverse subjects.  However, reading Andi's post made me pause and think.  What is my underlying tree?  My conclusion is my Quakerism.  So much of what I believe in and write about ties into my very strong liberal Quaker beliefs.  In the future, I'm going to try to keep my tree in mind whenever I find myself straying.  However, please forgive me if I do occasionally stray a bit. :)


Shona~ LALA dex press said...

I call it "diverging from my original intent," but I completely understand where you are with things. I'm coming up on 5 years with my blog + it has taken quite a few turns + I would say that at times my tree is a Joshua tree (that's my Barbara Walters answer).

Anyway, I tend to babble on in your comments section, but that is to say that I really do enjoy your blog, it makes me think.

Hope the sun is shining in your part of the country! (I mean that literally, not metaphorically)

Andi said...

Hello there! I am glad I could inspire you a bit. So glad that you found your tree also. Remember, there can be lots of branches so you don't feel stifled by your topic, but your community/readers/friends will be able to connect with you more deeply when they know what you are all about. Doesn't mean you don't get to evolve, but it helps keep you guided and focused.

Cherie said...

Shona, Joshua trees are good. :) I always enjoy your comments. Thanks!

Cherie said...


Your post did help me to understand how to blog about diverse topics yet remain focused. I'll keep branching out but try to remain true to my "trunk." :)

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