2016 Resolution(s)

So I thought, “Alrighty, here’s a cute little New Year’s resolution: I’ll be a better blogger.” Which turns out to mean “Alrighty, time to figure out what in the heck I’m doing with a blog in the first place.” This resolution, like most resolutions, turns out to be neither little nor cute.

On the technical side, I don’t know what I’m doing. I have no idea how to add a category (if that is what I ought to do), and I don’t think I really know what a widget is. And I think I came close to deleting the whole site on accident. So I’m working on that. Any technical advice would be appreciated:)

On the content side, I don’t really know what I’m doing either. I want to change something, though. Right now I feel like I just pour out words concerning whatever subject happens to be in my head, without concern for engaging others.  And that’s not terrible–it’s why I started this thing in the first place–to get the thoughts out of my head. But I’ve been finding myself wanting to engage with other people through this thing, rather than come across as saying, “here are my thoughts, take them or leave them.” That means, I think, making it easier for people to respond, if they want to. So, changing the set-up, and maybe even the content.

My reasoning is not because I want scads of followers all of a sudden. If you read me, then thanks. If you don’t, that’s fine. Some of the stuff I write feels personal as I write it–hopefully, it doesn’t come across too much that way; it’s “Ramblings of a Girl Named Jo,” not “Confessions of a Girl Named Jo.” I love being honest through writing, and blogging is a really cool platform whereby a quieter kid, who doesn’t like to interrupt, can say something and the ones who need to hear will hear, and the ones who don’t, won’t.

So, yes, thank you if you’re reading me, and if you have been reading me. The encouragement I’ve received from this project has meant a great deal to me, especially in my pursuit of writing.

Here’s where I need your help: I need suggestions for what to write about. What have you been thinking of, that I could ramble about a little, and then we can compare ramblings? When I finally figure out the whole “categories” thing, what should I add? So far, I have a grand total of one idea: it’s going to be a collection of letters to my imaginary grandson named Aglet.

….I’m hoping it will be more interesting than it sounds–just wait and see.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, please feel welcome to comment on this thing. I’m pretty certain there’s some button you can press to sign in as a guest and say “this is TERRIBLE, because of this and this and this” or “This is WONDERFUL–thanks for writing it.” Or something in between:)

My New Year’s Resolution? To actually reply, if you comment. To engage with other peoples’ thoughts, and make these ramblings mean something.

Thanks for reading.