Grammar, Growing Up, & Other Blogged Things

Let me set the scene: It was last week.

I posted on Monday about reuniting with someone I used to be involved with and am now taking a stab at friendship with. The post was emotional and highly un-optimized for Pinterest. It did not contain a pinnable graphic, it was not shareable, and it was not clear who I was speaking to or about. It was cryptic and creative in nature; it didn't ask a question to generate responses and comments. It was one of my favorite things I've written this year.

The very next post that appeared on my blog contained a homemade, pinnable graphic featuring the post title. It was shareable, I suppose. It spoke directly to blog readers and encouraged comments and feedback. It was useful (at least, I hope it was) and direct and readers could walk away from it with something substantial. I had a ton of fun writing it.

Flanking those posts we had commentary on my workouts and a couple of aimless musings. Apparently, in my world, that all adds up to a lifestyle blog. So I was thinking about this after I posted "Notes from Your Editor" and wondering how it makes sense that this followed up the previous post. Like... huh?

I've had a hunch for a while that I'm doing this whole "blogging" thing to the beat of my own drummer. I'm cool with that though. I'm not bothered that maybe one third of my posts are on Pinterest and there is not really one discernible theme throughout my blog. Unless, of course, you consider this one: "I write about my life and the things in it." #nailedit.

I've seen a few new faces join us lately, so I decided it was time to give another little run-down on what goes on here. Because I have too much sympathy to try and force new readers to figure out for themselves what kinds of posts they can expect to see here.

10 Completely Different Topics I Wrote About in April
  1. Being a 26-year-old Alyssa
  2. My week in workouts
  3. Books I've loved and believe you will too
  4. How living alone makes me even weirder than I was before
  5. My thoughts on parents and other unpopular opinions
  6. Thoughts unbecoming of a yogi that I've had anyway
  7. Things I'm not afraid of anymore
  8. People I'm not in love with anymore
  9. The mental red pen I leave all over the Internet
  10. Being a feminist
Now, what can we learn from this exercise? A few takeaways:
  • I'm liable to go off on pretty much any topic I find remotely interesting, without warning and not always with solid planning.
  • I like to sweat.
  • I'm super duper emotional and okay with it.
  • I'm a navel-gazer.
So the next time someone asks me what I blog about, I'm not really sure what I should say.

But what do YOU blog about?


  1. You forgot that you are also witty and hilarious!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend doll! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. I like reading blogs about life. They can be random but always entertaining so keep it up!

  3. You may be random, but you're always authentic, insightful, and entertaining. I like that most of your posts are just about whatever you're thinking about or going through at the time, but they don't read like your personal diary.

  4. hahahaha I love this. 'people i'm not in love with anymore' lol. i love talking about random stuff, i love it when my posts are all over the place, and i'd say like 80% aren't pinnable or on pinterest. but i love everything you write, so you're obviously doing something right!

  5. i do the same thing! i know blogs are supposed to have a theme but I'm like ehhh my life doesn't even have a theme how could my blog have one...i enjoy the randomness!

  6. I just found your blog, and I like that fact that you write about all sorts of things -- I think it makes it more real/relatable, because life consists of all sorts of things. And I'm the same way. I initially thought I should limit the scope of blog to just baking or just books, but that would also really limit the content I could produce, because I spend so much of my life doing other things. Cheers!

  7. I like that I can come here and get just about anything. And I would like to point out that I totally picked up on someone you were mysterious about mentioning because I am observant like that :) Happy weekend, friend!

  8. You NEVER know what you're going to find on my blog. I actually have two so I can SORTA keep things separate - a lifestyle blog & then a running/fitness blog... which I am struggling with because I would really like to combine them, but I really like both of my blog names :) haha

  9. Even when you blog about what you blogged about I can't stop reading. You've just got a way, I don't even care what you write about!

  10. i prefer bloggers who write about random stuff - their life, fitness, things they liked, their random thoughts etc. i blog about boring shit but it's stuff that i like and i blog what i want! :D

  11. I blog about whatever I feel like blogging about. My blog used to have a theme--personal finance--and it didn't work for me. My brain is random and all over the place and I need my blog to be a reflection of me, not a cultivated image of what I think a blog should look like. I don't care about pinnable images or shares. If readers like what I write, they'll share it. If not, that's okay, too.

    I absolutely adore your blog because it's loosely structured. I like that it's all over the place because no matter what you write, it's fun to read.

  12. I blog about all sorts of nonsense that is most easily described as "lifestyle!" (I secretly think that this is the go-to term for most of us) Haven't really taken to Pinterest yet, but now you sure inspired me to! :)

  13. You are wonderful and I missed you while I was gone! I don't know what category I fall into (I secretly hate lifestyle) but i know you, like myself really do blog to the beat of our own drums as you rightfully put it! I love that! so keep doing you :D


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