Finding Focus

My friends, you have followed me through quite a journey with my writing.

Nearly a year ago today, I wrote my first very honest post, “It Matters,” at a time when I was considering that I might be able to do something with my writing, after being away from it for so long. More recently, when I was having doubts about the direction I wanted to take with my blogging, all of you advised me to go “wherever the muse takes me.”

My blogging journey began with Our So-Called Life, which mainly focused on the adventures that I had with my family. As I began to move on to minimalism and more philosophical topics, it became clear that I was outgrowing that blog.

So in February, right when the darkest winter of my life was at its darkest, I introduced Journey to Ithaca. My focus here has been nonexistent, and that’s how I want it to be. I want this to be a blog that evolves and changes as I do. I hope that I can write this for a long time, without running out of things to say.

Recently, though, I have felt compelled to do more. I joined a Facebook group, in the hopes of growing my blog. But, it didn’t feel right. What was I trying to do anyway? I wasn’t going to monetize. This is a personal blog, a community of friends. You can’t monetize that.

So what was I going to do? I felt like my time online was scattered, and overwhelming. I gave up the group, and gave myself a break.

Then, I wrote my post on (perceived) unworthiness. I had really put myself out there that time, and those initial crickets made me very nervous. Our experiences are the same and different–was this a struggle that was uniquely mine?

I obsessively checked for comments, until they started pouring in. What I saw confirmed my suspicion, but it was also eye-opening. I saw that many of you have struggled with the exact same thing. Some of you recommended books, or were interested in hearing about books that I have read. I sent out a lot of e-mails, and many of you were wanting to discuss this topic further.

I’m still traveling through life. I have not reached Ithaca, and I hope that I do not, until I am very, very old. I still have a lot to learn, and I still have a lot of room to grow.

But that doesn’t mean that we can’t have traveling companions, right?

It was this realization that led me to start my new blog, Piercing the Bubble. This will be kind of a study group, where we can look at the deeper issues, discuss them, and form book clubs. Right now, I’m in the process of setting up a Simple Abundance group. Since that book takes a year to read, I also plan on setting up shorter-term groups.

I’m not abandoning all of you here. But I’ve felt like adding the study group component here would be too much. I want to keep this a personal blog, and you’ll continue to get my pictures and random musings on life. You’ll hear all of my stories when I take Moonraker down the Mississippi next summer (at least that’s the plan. We don’t want to renew our lease, and saving up for a boat isn’t happening as quickly as we would like!).

But if you’re interested in taking it to the next level–if you’re interested in joining a community where we can learn from each other and explore the hard questions, then invite you to join us at Piercing the Bubble.

You are certainly welcome, and you have a lot to contribute.

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2 thoughts on “Finding Focus

  1. I think I want to take the time to go back and read some of your earlier work as time this month permits. Life keeps feeding us challenges to keep us growing and creating the life we think we want. It’s nice to have a fellow traveler in search of it all.

    • Yay! Thank you for fighting the crickets! đŸ˜‰

      (I haven’t had crickets on this blog in a long time. I think everyone is celebrating Thanksgiving and staying offline).

      If you want, I can e-mail you links to some of my earlier posts.

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