Sometime last year I decided I wanted to separate my interests onto different blogs: one for sailing, one for gardening, one for favorite words, one for my career, and one for my reading project. I’m not sure why I did this. I think I wanted to be able to give them all different looks. I really loved the theme I chose for my sailing blog, for example. I think I also wanted to give followers a chance to follow a specific topic rather than my whole mess of flitting posts.
What ended up happening, though, was that I stopped writing. I felt segmented. I spread my (sparse) posts widely but rarely went deep. Each time I wrote something, I wondered which blog to put it on. When I switched jobs I had to remember all the places to update my bio. I had all these custom domains and subdomains to maintain and renew.
Having multiple blogs is overly complicated in an area of my life that I want to be complication-free. Blogging is my hobby, for pete’s sake. WordPress allows me to categorize for when I want to look at a stream of garden or sailing posts. There is no need for me to manage six different blogs.
So, as with many areas of my life, like switching to a tiny purse, I’m paring down. Decluttering. From now on, other than my Andrea Reads America project writeups, I’m moving all my writing back to Butterfly Mind.
I feel lighter having made this choice. It means I have a lot fewer decisions I have to make each time I sit down to write. Plus it gives me a winter project.
This January when I’m craving green leaves and bright flowers, I can turn my attention to cultivating my blog: to transplanting content, pruning categories, and maybe even changing the look of my site. Oh, and writing. I’m excited about my blog again for the first time in a quite a while.