Monday, November 16, 2009

A work in progress: this blog's evolution thus far.

I started this blog over a year ago in a fit of pique. Some ex-pats who are good friends of mine were writing blogs about their lives here in Algeria, and whilst their experiences were absolutely true, I felt that they portrayed a very one-sided, and - if I may say so - largely inaccurate view of life here.

(I am not comfortable discussing my reasons for this point of view, so let's just say I have my justifications.)

Anyway, my initial intention in starting this blog was to write about my experiences of life here in Algeria, to present a different perspective. This is a second world country, and some aspects of life here can be tough, but it does have it's charms and attractions (which I'd like to write a post on at some point - God only knows when).

After my first few posts I realised that this blog was not going in the direction I had originally intended. I was writing about my life, not about my life in Algeria. So, I decided to kind of follow this new direction. I soon discovered that nothing is as boring as writing about than the same old same old. So I tried blogging about my religion, but that didn't work because I was writing far too much in one blogpost which I could not sustain for long and so I stopped blogging for a few months. Anything I wrote about after that was more about my goals and trying to get out of a rut, etc.

Then I read this post on Brazen Careerist, which prompted me to write this post here, and then I read this post by Amber, all of which had me obsessing on blog topics. I have reached the decision that I don't want a specific blog topic, as I don't really know what I want to focus on.

That said, I do want to write here regularly, and I know that I don't just want to write about me, but the narcissist in me finds that sooo much easier to write about.

I have therefore reached the conclusion that I am going to try to do the following:
  • post at least 3 times a week,
  • Set aside a certain amount of time each day to get in the habit of writing regularly,
  • research posts
  • read online newspapers and magazines for inspiration.

Here's to hoping I follow through.


  1. I found that the more I forced myself to write on a regular basis the more people read my blog and the more people that read my blog the more I WANTED to post on a regular basis and pretty soon blog topics were coming to me left, right and center!

    Good luck with your goals :)

  2. Thanks for the encouragement Amber!

  3. Thanks for the comment on my blog! I've added yours to my reader!

    When I started my blog, I thought it would be all blog reviews. But then it kind of morphed into a hodge podge of lots of different things. So it's kind of theme-less, but i like that. And maybe I'd have a bigger audience if I had a focused blog, but I don't think I'd like limiting myself like that.