Evergreen or topical content, which do you prefer writing?
Until the advent of Trumpty Dumpty, I probably wrote an equal amount of both, depending on my mood and the state of my life. Then along came 45 and politics made it to center-stage. I didn’t write about it every day or every week, but it was thematically there. I wrote about things that were happening to me or people I knew. Real life definitely intruded on the softer stuff. I still write about history — but I try to put it into a modern context. I take pictures of birds, the seasons, humor, books, movies, and life. Even during this past, nerve-wracking month, it’s been no more than one post out of every three or four. Not even — maybe especially –during the last month has it been primarily political at least partially because I thought everyone had enough politics and we all knew where we stood. Nothing I said was going to change anything. I did add comments to other posts, but tried not to make political stuff the guts of the post.
Since I couldn’t really go anywhere, there were even more birds than usual. What would I do without birds?
Which do you write most often?
Most of what I write is topical insofar as it’s written in the now, though a lot of it has turned out to have years of evergreen life anyway. it’s not always easy to draw a line between evergreen and topical. What is true today may very well be true tomorrow and next year. Topical can turn out to be a really long time.
Which of these adds more value or engagement to your blog?
Birds. Overall? Birds are the winners. They are always evergreen regardless of feather color. I think people find them relaxing. I know I do. Actually, everyone in my house does. We stand at windows, just watching them flutter around, commenting on how many nuthatches we have this year and whatever happened to the bluebirds?