Last week, I mentioned that I’ve been interested in expanding the scope of Plant Propaganda. A lot has changed since its inception in 2012. In that period of time, I’ve moved four times and held six different jobs. I’ve struggled with depression and, like most millenials, tried to find out where I fit in and what I want to do with myself. After the initial excitement of “having a blog” wore off, it became hard to post consistently, I was often distracted and lost interest. In a way, I think curating the successful work of others only served to remind me about what I felt I wasn’t accomplishing.
The good news is that recently, things have taken a turn for the better. I landed a job that I love, and I moved into a new house that got me excited about undertaking a lot of projects. I started to realize I was really excited to be documenting what I’m working on – it makes me more aware of the process, gets me out of my own head and lets me develop my photography skills at the same time.
I’ve been reading the Documenting Your Life series of articles over on Lune Blog, and I connect a lot with Jill’s story. She writes about her changing relationship with her blog: how it came to be, falling out of love with it and then rediscovering and reinventing it – and herself. For her, blogging is about staving off boredom. Like me, it’s inspired her to develop different skills and to always challenge herself. She writes about how even though blogs are an oversaturated medium, they are still valuable to us as tools for personal growth, and for sharing our experiences and knowledge with our community. That’s what I’m discovering.
As I’ve considered changing the direction of Plant Propaganda, I’ve dealt with concerns about “losing my audience” and “diluting the brand.” I wondered if readers would get confused by the name if I wasn’t always posting about plants. Now, after months of hemming and hawing and reading what Jill has written, I realized that what I really want – and need – is to write about what gets me excited. Otherwise, I’ll get bored. And you’ll get bored, too.
All that having been said, I hope you’ll stick around and see what I have to offer. I’ll still share my garden fieldtrips and art that inspires me, plus what I’m working on and thinking about – right now it’s pickled shrimp, refurbished Mid Century furniture and weekend trips to Astoria.
Thanks for all your support and keep the feedback coming!
Lots of love,