Blogging Insights # 30 – Evolving

The question from BLOGGING INSIGHTS #30 – EVOLVING is:

“Your blog is never static.It is a living and breathing organism that continues to grow as you grow as a blogger. Sometimes this growth takes unexpected directions and you end up with something very different from what you had envisioned.”

Credit for today’s question goes to Di of Pensitivity.

Since I never expected anything, it is exactly what I expected but also, totally different. I really was just trying to post photographs that were sitting in my hard drive. No one ever saw them. I had done this before on a variety of platforms that closed down.

I was never really “into” it. Maybe because I was still working and I wrote all day, so I wasn’t all that eager to do some more writing when I got home. I hadn’t had the time to develop photographically, either. I worked a lot of hours, had a child to raise, a house to maintain and I really enjoyed my few hours of doing nothing.

Looking for a few seeds?

So I started this blog without expectations. I also didn’t think it would last long. All the others had closed down, so I figure a couple of years or even less, and this one would close down too.

What I didn’t expect was that I would develop a pretty large readership so quickly nor did I think politics was going to become a big part of my landscape. Mostly, I didn’t think that from this experience would come real friendships across oceans and continents.

Square and still blooming!

It has been eight years and I’ve put up more than 10,600 posts. Some are reblogged from other authors who have said something I wish I’d said, but they said it better. If someone else wrote it well, there’s no reason for me to reinvent the wheel.

Blogs don’t need wheels. We roll through cyberspace where there are no roads.

A couple of thousand posts were likely written by co-authors who have gathered under Serendipity’s umbrella.

How did it happen? I don’t know. I still wonder why anyone bothers to read what I write. I greatly appreciate it, but there are so many blogs around, why me? I’ve never gotten huge responses. I’ve never gotten a million hits, though I’m close to a million total after blogging for eight years. Typically, I get good responses to well-written posts. Garry almost always gets better numbers than I do.

I also gave up studying stats. Numbers make me crazy.

I also never imagined that birds were going to become such a huge part of the blog. Birds, orchids. Christmas cacti, Flying squirrels. Raccoons. Squirrels. Even little baby chipmunks. Until I put up feeders, I didn’t realize I lived in the Forest Primevil.

And some of those squirrels fly!

Given that I had no expectations, it is exactly what I wanted. A free-for-all. A place where I can say what I want without a boss warning me about deadlines. Trying to make sense of history, where we fit into history, and what is going on in this messed up world.

Still blooming and more buds

One of the things I have been told — repeatedly — is that I must find a niche. I disagree. On this blog, I am free to be me, free to pretend I’m someone else, free to find unique and new areas that interest me. I can write articles I am sure no one will read because they are a bit obscure, but I don’t have someone telling me how many characters I need to fit into this column. I figured I’d do more book reviews, but I can’t read as much as I used to, so now I review special books that have personal meaning to me.

Finally, I am doing what Garry always told me to do. I write about dogs.

Categories: birds, Blogging, Flying squirrels, History, Marilyn Armstrong, orchids

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22 replies

  1. love your blog marilyn! Its perfect the way it is! Dont change it! xoxo


  2. Beautiful post Marilyn ! Great fan of your work. Your pictures and posts inspire one and all. enjoyed going back to read some of your old posts.


  3. Beautiful post Marilyn ! Great fan of your work. Your pictures and posts inspire one and all. enjoyed going back to read some of your old posts.


  4. Even our language evolves over time….


    • And often, really FAST. The kids (anyone under 30) talks a different language than we do. They have given up complete words, spelling, and punctuation. Sometimes I have no idea what they are trying to say.

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  5. Oh ! I forgot to mention that your pictures are amazing.


    • Thank you. I’m working on getting better. It’s one of the reasons I can’t pump out as much material as I did. It takes me a long time to process pictures including sometimes just sitting there and trying to figure out which of four or five similar pictures is the best one to use. I write quickly, but photography takes longer. I can write something, edit it and post it in half an hour, assuming I know what I’m trying to say. Pictures — five or six finished ones — can take me half a day. Sometimes, I don’t like the way they came out and I go back and do them again. It’s a long learning curve, but it’s also fun if you are patient 😀


  6. I really enjoyed reading your views and share most of them.
    Though I did not train for writing and my profession has nothing to do with creative writing, I have this tremendous urge to write and find it very difficult to restrict myself to a niche.


    • Why commit to a niche? Just enjoy writing. A LOT of writers trained fo other work. Doctors, priests, a LOT of lawyers, former prosecutors, and cops among many others. Writing is something you need to do if you’ve got that “thing” that says “gotta write, gotta write.” I started writing artsy little poems when I was 11 or 12. The stuff wasn’t bad, for a kid, but it wasn’t good, either. I had to lose the artsy part and write about real stuff. That’s a problem when you’re a kid. You haven’t lived long enough to have experienced and sorted through the things life will throw at you.

      Since you are relatively new to writing, you haven’t tested the waters. It would be a pity to tie yourself to a genre. This is when you can try out all the different kinds of writing. I would never have guessed I’m a really lousy fiction writer, but I’m great at information, documentation, history … and of course, opinions. I wanted to be a great author, but turned out to be a great explainer instead. Who knew?


  7. Niche blogs are fine I have one after all but it’s also nice to have one where anything goes, pictures, pets, politics, whatever. Our non-specific blogs are the cuppa and chat sessions we have with like-minded people all around the world.

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  8. You do write very well. And your photos are amazing.

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    • Thank you. We’ve got a great crew of writers and photographers. Among the people I know through this blog, there are a lot of amazing people.

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      • You’re welcome Marilyn.


        • We are, you are, we all are, really talented and I’m one of the few who actually worked as a writer. For most people, it’s a post-professional project. Finally scratching that itch. Photographers who didn’t own a camera and now take brilliant photographs and write books when they never wrote anything professionally. It’s remarkable how long it has taken us to break free and enjoy being creative.

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