Monday, January 20, 2014

Changes



A new year. A new leaf?


I'm sure you've already noticed an obvious change here. 


I have been going through a "mid-write" crisis, ironically occurring as I continue my denial over the need for reading glasses. Whether it's coincidental or orchestrated by a mid-life "awakening," I have been pondering the scope of this blog. And when insomnia kept me awake into the wee hours of the night over this, I knew that it was time for a change. 


It's January, and in my neck of the woods, it looks like this:




As we started back to school after having an extended winter break due to the Polar Vortex, I had mistakenly assumed that I would have it easy (as a substitute teacher) for a few weeks as everyone returned to school routines. I was wrong. I subbed every single day last week. Also, it was a particularly busy week with the kiddos' extracurricular activities. After school, there were multiple events to attend, often delaying our return home at hours close to bedtime. I had no time to read or write, let alone think. It made me realize that if this were to keep up, then writing this blog would be a nearly impossible task, because if you knew how long it takes me to write one Letter, you'd surely think I'm nuts.
 

Because I have created a blog that fits perfectly into a square box, I needed to always find my right angles each time I wrote, discarding some brilliant acute and obtuse angles that were also floating around in my head. Not to mention exciting curves and creative lines, too. 


So I am tossing my square box. Letters of Muse shall no longer be limited to writing Letters, but will continue to be a vehicle for my voice, expressing my thoughts and musings. 


You know, like a regular blog. 


I am excited to be able to share posts of any length and format, while still showcasing photography and tidbits of my Life with my Peeps. Hopefully this will allow me to keep up with posts and writing even with a busy schedule. It's all about growing and evolving and following your gut and not being afraid to change. Right?




Changes can be good. I'm changing my camera's auto-focus capability to manual focus, giving me more control, and, in the end, a wider scope. So, things might be a little different around here from here on out, but I hope that you will like it.

And I'm okay with keeping the blog name, Letters of Muse, as is.  It's been my baby for 2.5 years, and I like the sound of it. 

How 'bout you?



14 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great decision. Anything that keeps you writing and present in my internet world is fine by me! I can't wait to see what comes next.

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    1. Thanks, Shannon, for your vote of confidence! I just hope I haven't jinxed myself, or shoved my foot into my mouth with this declaration... :-) But in your internet world I shall stay!

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  2. Look at the little hairs on the plant in that first photo. VERY NICE! Yaaay for getting your camera out of AUTO mode! First steps, first steps. Though I thought you only shared phone photos on the blog. What kind of camera do you have? And I totally support your decision to get rid of the box and write whatever and whenever you want. I think when you do what feels right and natural, good things will come. Even with the change, I know you will still give much thought to your posts.

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    1. Haha, Lisa, you're definitely right about me and my cameraphone! I'm still an exclusive iPhone 5 photographer on the blog. I used my "camera" as a metaphor to compare the difference between the two pic's focal points (one distant and one close up) as well as the scope of my writing. Sorry to confuse you!

      Thank you for your encouraging words. I easily overthink things, and explored even starting a new blog. But this is the best compromise, and I'm going with it. (BTW, I didn't even see the little hairs on the plant stem until I took this photo! I think it's pretty amazing, too!) :)

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  3. Change is good, Sandra. This change will bring about all sorts of new and wonderful things.

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    1. Hi, Cindy!!! Thanks--I do hope so. And I really hope I *have time* for all the sorts of new and wonderful things that might come of this change! (I'm excited for your big day this week! I hope the celebration is fantabulous!)

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  4. Sandra, I loved the uniqueness of your letters style blog but think I will love this even more! I could tell it took some tiime, thought and precision to write in the letter format the way you did. It didn't go by unnoticed! I believe writing as you are able, in whatever suits you at the time will allow us all to enjoy you more often. :-) I'm all for that.

    I know what that type of busy feels like. Weeks pass before you can even think of getting online, let alone writing. Today it was either write another post or go read some of my favorite blogs and leave comments. I had to get over here and see what you're up to! Besides enjoying the Winter that never ends....

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    1. Chrisor! Thank you for your kind words about the letters! I thought the format helped me formulate a point for each post. But now I'm thinking I *can* make a point without them as well. I'm just at a point where I think freestyle is better than formulated (for me, now). Tell me about the Winter that never ends! It's been FREEZING around here! I cannot wait for spring, but at this point, even a little sunshine is a huge welcome. Stay warm, and thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, indeed! I have always been impressed with the composition of your letters - there was a certain perfection to them that I haven't ever been able to achieve in my blog writing. And to your point, sometimes writing to such strict standards takes time (probably why I have yet to blog about Italy - I'm not sure what I think those posts will look like, but I clearly am intimidated by them!). Anyway, color me excited to see another side of you - a more spontaneous side, perhaps?

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    1. Nilsa, what a nice compliment--thank you! I have been feeling this "restriction" for quite some time, and I don't know why I never listened to DH, who said, "It's your blog--you can do whatever you want!" He says I never believe what he says. :) As for your Italy trip, I have seen other bloggers who write them in succession, breaking them up into many posts, based on days or topic. Kind of like a series on "a destination." I really look forward to your post(s) and photos! Don't be intimidated--just go for it! :)

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  6. I'm excited about the change and the possibility that it could help you share more of your creativity. This is a win-win... you get to experience creative freedom and I get to read the results of that freedom. Yay!

    I can relate to your 'busy'! I hope you are able to steal some moments for yourself so it doesn't wear you down :)

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    1. Sorry for the late response, Janna! Well, I don't know about sharing more (often) with this change, but I am trying. :) Thanks for sticking around--I really appreciate you reading my posts! (This week is much less busy, yay!)

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  7. Good for you! I'm pretty much in the same predicament - much less time to blog, in need of a change of focus and just being easier on myself! Hope it goes well for you!

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    1. Thanks, Susi! I hope so, for you, too! I think we'll be all right--we're doing this for ourselves, right? ;)

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