I've been reading Julie and Julia by Julie Powell, and I absolutely love it. I'll write a bit of a review in a couple of days when I finish it, but I bring it up now because part of her experience in her book is her first blog. Not only is the blog centered around one aspect of her life, it is focused on a single project.
How brilliant! What a surefire way to beat writer's block! Also, you'd have something to update the folks about besides, "Buster decided to eat his own poop today...."
I find myself toying with the idea of making this blog more focused and carefully crafted around a particular theme, but then I remember why I started this site to begin with. I started throwing poorly written posts out into The Internet to keep in touch with old friends and quit shoving My Thesis Whining in their protesting in-boxes. I thought then they could check in on my progress, rather than be force feeding it to them. There was the intention of a bit of a focus, a category of posts, I suppose. But rules never said anything about forbidding ridiculous posts about the dogs and my fear of the treadmill. So, I am not going to filter my posts based on some category in my life. At least, not for now.
So! Worry not, you will still be regaled with tales of the life with dogs, the fish that got away, life with A., attempts to break my neck at the gym, as well as some occasional musings about the landscape I call home. It is a mutt of a blog, and it will stay that way.
However, I am still struck with the desire to have a project that defines a part of my life. In the book, Julie decides to prepare all 500+ recipes from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year. What a wonderful idea!
Then it hit me, as much as I'd been trying to avoid it (even just a few paragraphs earlier!). In the gut. Hard. I have such a project: The Thesis.
So, I will be writing more about my progress (or utter lack of) on The Thesis Front here at S&S. While I am certain these posts will be positively riveting, I'll include something in the titles so you can easily skip or skim those posts, if it suits your fancy.