If we were having tea, I’d tell you I am exhausted from the last week! My Friday night consisted of napping on the way to Chapters for a brief adventure with G, napping on the way back, and taking a nap at home followed by pizza, Arrow, and finishing my book The Rosie Project. I went to sleep around 1am, upset because I hadn’t done much! How does that even make sense? My week was so full that slowing down even a little felt like I wasn’t doing enough!
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that although I didn’t work Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday through Friday was enough. I was at that same challenging school, with what turned out to be the most challenging class of that school, even to the staff. The class’ teacher actually said she felt bad leaving me with them! On Thursday, she came by in the afternoon for the staff meeting and told me that of her 25 years teaching, this was her hardest class ever.
Guess I shouldn’t blame myself for being exhausted. I made it! Phew.
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that Matrix has now learned how to jump from one counter in the kitchen across to the top of the fridge on the other side. He did this while I was making food. Terrifying.
He’s also not eating very much, which is a little worrying. I know he’s almost all grown up (siiigh) and we’ll be switching him to adult food soon, so that might help, but he’s eating half as much as he used to. Hopefully, this is normal… we’ll see! I’m hoping it’s just that he doesn’t need as much high-calorie food anymore.
I should add: the power went out during my shower on Saturday… it looks like Matrix now knows how to turn off the bathroom light!
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that I’m changing things up a bit around here. I’ve been looking at the results of the poll back in November where I asked you what you would like to see more of, and most of you said you want more feminism and personal stories/life experience. At the time of the poll, I didn’t have as many readers as I do now, and I hadn’t written much about blogging or Teas & Kitties. Still, few of you showed interest in those topics. So I’m cutting back. And I took a long time to make this decision. I know I’ve set out to try and make this a source of income, but I refuse to get lost in the trap of becoming greedy. I’ve been reading everywhere that focusing on a narrow niche is the best choice if you want to grow your blog, and so I’ve thought about blogging about things like living frugally and tips on raising a cat, but those topics aren’t why I started. I want to stay true to why I started this blog, which is to share my story and explore topics that not many others do, like feminism, gender and sexuality. And the results of the poll reminded me of that — it seems like you guys like what I write best when it’s coming from somewhere passionate. So I will stick it out. I will focus on my passions. I’m ready to kick some butt! But that’s not say that I’ll never post about living frugally, or raising kittens, or my family, or that those topics will never become my focus — who knows, really. I just won’t post all the time about those topics, unless you guys tell me you miss it. And I’ll still post a Teas & Kitties update once a month, with next week’s being the last of February. Those are still important to me and know that there are some of you who do enjoy that. I’ll post about blogging only once a month with my blog progress report. And I’ll get a new poll up on here and on Facebook — you guys helped me remember why I’m doing this, so I want to write for you.
That’s the key: I have no idea how to provide you with something you need, the same way a DIY blog or food blog does. Those blogs provide you with something you’re looking for, and solve a problem for you. Need to figure out how to make killer enchiladas? Find a food blog. Need to find tips on painting furniture? DIY blog. But what does a blog on feminism, gender, and sexuality do? What can I offer you?
So please, do let me know what you like and don’t like, and what you want to see! I promise I’ll reply 🙂
On the topic of what you like, I hope you like this change — please feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email at email@example.com and let me know what you think! I really mean it when I say I want to write for you. (And if you ever do find a blog similar to mine, please do tell me — I’ve been looking everywhere!)
How was your week? Did you face any big challenges like managing a swarming group of sniffly seven-year-olds?